2017 Wisconsin Badgers football
Big Ten West Division champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 34–24 vs. Miami (FL)
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 7
2017 record13–1 (9–0 Big Ten)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorJoe Rudolph (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorJim Leonhard (1st as DC; 2nd overall season)
Home stadiumCamp Randall Stadium
(Capacity: 80,321)
Uniform
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 5 Ohio State xy$   8 1         12 2  
No. 15 Michigan State   7 2         10 3  
No. 8 Penn State   7 2         11 2  
Michigan   5 4         8 5  
Rutgers   3 6         4 8  
Indiana   2 7         5 7  
Maryland   2 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 7 Wisconsin xy   9 0         13 1  
No. 17 Northwestern   7 2         10 3  
Iowa   4 5         8 5  
Purdue   4 5         7 6  
Nebraska   3 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 7         5 7  
Illinois   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Badgers, led by third-year head coach Paul Chryst, were members of the West Division of the Big Ten Conference and played their home games at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.

Coming off a Cotton Bowl-winning season in 2016, the 2017 team began the year ranked ninth in the preseason AP Poll and were the favorites to repeat as West Division champions and return to the Big Ten Championship Game.[1] The Badgers fulfilled that expectation by winning all 12 of their regular season games, including wins over ranked opponents Iowa and Michigan. They entered the 2017 Big Ten Championship Game ranked third in the AP Poll, with a potential spot in the College Football Playoff on the line, but fell to No. 8 Ohio State, 21–27. Wisconsin was invited to the Orange Bowl, where they defeated Miami (FL). Their 13 wins were the most in school history.

The Badgers were led on offense by freshman running back Jonathan Taylor, who led the Big Ten and was third in FBS in rushing yards with 1,977 yards. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Big Ten. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook finished with 2,644 passing yards and 25 touchdowns. On defense, linebacker T. J. Edwards was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press and ESPN.

Recruiting

Recruits

The Badgers signed a total of 18 recruits.

Watchlists and preseason awards

Rimington Trophy[2]
John Mackey Award

Schedule

Wisconsin's 2017 schedule consists of 7 home, and 5 away games in the regular season. The Badgers will host Big Ten foes Northwestern, Purdue, Maryland, Iowa, and Michigan and will travel to Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota.[3]

The team's three non–conference games are against the Utah State Aggies from the Mountain West Conference (MWC), Florida Atlantic Owls from Conference USA, and the BYU Cougars who compete independently in football.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 18:00 p.m.Utah State*No. 9ESPNW 59–1075,324
September 911:00 a.m.Florida Atlantic*No. 9
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
BTNW 31–1477,542
September 162:30 p.m.at BYU*No. 10ABCW 40–661,143
September 3011:00 a.m.NorthwesternNo. 10
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
ABCW 33–2480,584
October 77:00 p.m.at NebraskaNo. 9BTNW 38–1789,860
October 142:30 p.m.PurdueNo. 7
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
BTNW 17–978,580
October 2111:00 a.m.MarylanddaggerNo. 5
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
FOXW 38–1378,058
October 2811:00 a.m.at IllinoisNo. 5ESPNW 24–1042,101
November 411:00 a.m.at IndianaNo. 4ABCW 45–1743,027
November 112:30 p.m.No. 25 IowaNo. 6
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI (rivalry)
ABCW 38–1480,462
November 1811:00 a.m.No. 19 MichiganNo. 5
FOXW 24–1081,216
November 252:30 p.m.at MinnesotaNo. 5ABCW 31–047,327
December 27:00 p.m.vs. No. 8 Ohio StateNo. 3FOXL 21–2765,886
December 307:00 p.m.at No. 11 Miami (FL)*No. 6ESPNW 34–2465,032
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[4]

Game summaries

Utah State

See also: 2017 Utah State Aggies football team

Utah State at No. 9 Wisconsin
1 234Total
Aggies 10 000 10
No. 9 Badgers 0 102821 59


Statistical Leaders

Florida Atlantic

See also: 2017 Florida Atlantic Owls football team

Florida Atlantic at No. 9 Wisconsin
1 234Total
Owls 7 700 14
No. 9 Badgers 14 1070 31


Statistical Leaders

at BYU

See also: 2017 BYU Cougars football team

No. 10 Wisconsin at BYU
1 234Total
No. 10 Badgers 10 1479 40
Cougars 3 300 6


Statistical Leaders

Northwestern

See also: 2017 Northwestern Wildcats football team

Northwestern at No. 10 Wisconsin
1 234Total
Wildcats 3 7014 24
No. 10 Badgers 7 01412 33


Statistical Leaders

at Nebraska

See also: 2017 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team and Nebraska–Wisconsin football rivalry

No. 9 Wisconsin at Nebraska
1 234Total
No. 9 Badgers 10 7714 38
Cornhuskers 0 1070 17


Statistical Leaders

Purdue

See also: 2017 Purdue Boilermakers football team

Purdue at No. 7 Wisconsin
1 234Total
Boilermakers 3 330 9
No. 7 Badgers 14 300 17


Statistical Leaders

Maryland

See also: 2017 Maryland Terrapins football team

Maryland at No. 5 Wisconsin
1 234Total
Terrapins 0 3100 13
No. 5 Badgers 7 14710 38


Statistical Leaders

at Illinois

See also: 2017 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

No. 5 Wisconsin at Illinois
1 234Total
No. 5 Badgers 7 1007 24
Fighting Illini 0 307 10


Statistical Leaders

at Indiana

See also: 2017 Indiana Hoosiers football team

No. 4 Wisconsin at Indiana
1 234Total
No. 4 Badgers 0 141021 45
Hoosiers 7 370 17


Statistical Leaders

Iowa

See also: 2017 Iowa Hawkeyes football team and Iowa–Wisconsin football rivalry

No. 25 Iowa at No. 6 Wisconsin
1 234Total
No. 25 Hawkeyes 7 070 14
No. 6 Badgers 3 14714 38


Statistical Leaders

Michigan

See also: 2017 Michigan Wolverines football team

No. 19 Michigan at No. 5 Wisconsin
1 234Total
No. 19 Wolverines 0 730 10
No. 5 Badgers 7 0143 24


Statistical Leaders

at Minnesota

See also: 2017 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team and Minnesota–Wisconsin football rivalry

No. 5 Wisconsin at Minnesota
1 234Total
No. 5 Badgers 7 1077 31
Golden Gophers 0 000 0


Statistical Leaders

vs. Ohio State

See also: 2017 Ohio State Buckeyes football team and 2017 Big Ten Football Championship Game

No. 8 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Wisconsin
1 234Total
No. 8 Buckeyes 14 733 27
No. 3 Badgers 7 338 21

The No. 3 Wisconsin Badgers (12-1, 9-0) were defeated by the No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2, 8-1) 27-21 at Lucas Oil Stadium in the Big Ten Championship. Paul Chryst is now 0-2 versus the Buckeyes, and Urban Meyer is now 5-0 versus the Badgers, though two of the victories came in overtime. This was Wisconsin's fifth appearance in the Championship game, and their second straight and Ohio State's third.

Statistical Leaders

vs. Miami (FL)

See also: 2017 Miami Hurricanes football team and 2017 Orange Bowl

No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 11 Miami
1 234Total
No. 6 Badgers 3 2137 34
No. 11 Hurricanes 14 073 24

Rankings

Further information: 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 9 9 10 9 10 9 7 5 5 4 6 5 5 3 (10) 6 7 
Coaches 10 11 12 10 10 8 6 5 5 4 3 4 4 3 (21) 6 6 
CFP Not released 9 8 5 5 4 6 Not released

Roster

2017 Wisconsin Badgers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Kendric Pryor
 Fr
WR 4 A. J. Taylor So
RB 5 Chris James
 Jr
WR 6 Danny Davis III Fr
RB 7 Bradrick Shaw
 So
RB 9 Rachid Ibrahim
 Sr
QB 10 Jack Coan Fr
WR 11 Jazz Peavy 
 Sr
QB 12 Alex Hornibrook
 So
QB 15 Danny Vanden Boom Fr
WR 16 Jack Dunn
 Fr
WR 17 George Rushing Sr
QB 19 Karé Lyles
 Fr
FB 20 Austin Ramesh
 Sr
RB 21 Mark Saari
 Jr
WR 22 Cade Green Fr
RB 23 Jonathan Taylor Fr
WR 24 Adam Krumholz
 Fr
RB 28 Taiwan Deal 
 Jr
FB 30 Aaron Maternowski
 Fr
TE 30 Coy Wanner Fr
RB 34 Sam Brodner 
 Fr
RB 36 Hunter Johnson Fr
RB 37 Garrett Groshek
 Fr
WR 38 Sam DeLany Fr
FB 39 Jake Whalen 
 So
WR 43 Peter Roy
 Jr
FB 45 Alec Ingold Jr
TE 46 Gabe Lloyd
 Fr
TE 49 Kyle Penniston
 So
OL 52 Jacob Maxwell
 Jr
OL 60 Logan Bruss Fr
OL 61 Tyler Biadasz
 Fr
OL 62 Patrick Kasl
 Fr
OL 63 Michael Deiter
 Jr
OL 64 Brett Connors
 Jr
OL 65 Tyler Beach Fr
OL 66 Beau Benzschawel
 Jr
OL 67 Jon Dietzen
 So
OL 68 David Moorman
 So
OL 70 Josh Seltzner Fr
OL 71 Cole Van Lanen
 Fr
OL 73 Alex Fenton Fr
OL 75 Micah Kapoi
 Jr
OL 76 Kayden Lyles Fr
OL 77 Blake Smithback Fr
OL 78 Jason Erdmann
 So
OL 79 David Edwards
 So
TE 81 Troy Fumagalli
 Sr
WR 82 Emmet Perry Fr
TE 84 Jake Ferguson Fr
TE 85 Zander Neuville
 Jr
TE 86 Luke Benzschawel 
 Fr
WR 87 Quintez Cephus 
So
WR 89 Deron Harrell Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
S 2 Patrick Johnson 
So
OLB 5 Garret Dooley
 Sr
S 8 Joe Ferguson
 Sr
S 10 Seth Currens
 Fr
CB 11 Nick Nelson
 Jr
CB 12 Natrell Jamerson Sr
S 13 Evan Bondoc
 Jr
S 14 D'Cota Dixon Sr
OLB 17 Andrew Van Ginkel Jr
ILB 18 Arrington Farrar Jr
CB 19 Titus Booker
 So
CB 20 Faion Hicks Fr
CB 21 Caesar Williams
 Fr
ILB 23 Mason Stokke 
 Fr
CB 24 Madison Cone Fr
S 25 Scott Nelson Fr
CB 25 Derrick Tindal Sr
S 26 Eric Burrell
 Fr
DB 27 Cristian Volpentesta
 Fr
S 28 Blake Mielke
 So
CB 29 Dontye Carriere-Williams
 Fr
S 31 Lubern Figaro Sr
S 31 Tyler Mais Fr
ILB 32 Jake Collinsworth Fr
OLB 32 Leon Jacobs
 Sr
DE 34 Chikwe Obasih
 Sr
ILB 37 Ethan Cesarz Fr
OLB 41 Noah Burks Fr
ILB 43 Ryan Connelly
 Jr
OLB 45 Hegeman Tiedt Fr
ILB 45 Nick Thomas
 So
ILB 47 Griffin Grady So
ILB 48 Jack Cichy 
 Sr
OLB 50 Izayah Green-May Fr
DE 52 David Pfaff
 So
ILB 53 T. J. Edwards
 Jr
ILB 54 Chris Orr
 So
OLB 55 Christian Bell
 Fr
OLB 56 Zack Baun 
 So
DE 57 Michael Balistreri Fr
DE 57 Alec James
 Sr
ILB 58 Mike Maskalunas
 Fr
OLB 59 Tyler Johnson
 So
DE 69 Aaron Vopal Fr
NT 74 Gunnar Roberge
 So
DE 93 Garrett Rand So
DE 94 Matt Henningsen Fr
DE 94 Conor Sheehy Sr
OLB 95 Keldric Preston
 Fr
DE 96 Billy Hirschfeld
 Jr
DE 97 Isaiahh Loudermilk
 Fr
DE 98 Kraig Howe
 So
NT 99 Olive Sagapolu Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 15 Anthony Lotti So
K 27 Rafael Gaglianone
 Jr
P 38 P. J. Rosowski 
 Jr
K 39 Zach Hintze
 So
LS 51 Adam Bay Fr
P 90 Connor Allen
 So
LS 91 Josh Bernhagen Fr
K 98 Collin Larsh Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt

Roster
Last update: August 19, 2017

Injuries

At the start of the season four players were announced as out for the season due to injury; Senior ILB Jack Cichy (right knee), Freshman ILB Mason Stokke (right leg), Sophomore OLB Zack Baun (left foot), Freshman RB Sam Brodner (right knee).

2018 NFL Draft

2018 NFL Draft class

2018 NFL Draft selections
Round Pick # Team Player Position
4 110 Oakland Raiders Nick Nelson Cornerback
5 156 Denver Broncos Troy Fumagalli Tight End
5 164 New Orleans Saints Natrell Jamerson Safety
6 202 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jack Cichy Linebacker
7 230 Jacksonville Jaguars Leon Jacobs Defensive End

Signed undrafted free agents

References

  1. ^ Lesmerises, Doug (July 21, 2017). "Ohio State Buckeyes picked to win Big Ten in cleveland.com 2017 preseason poll". Cleveland.com.
  2. ^ http://www.rimingtontrophy.com/watchlist/
  3. ^ http://www.uwbadgers.com/mobile/schedule.aspx?schedule=169
  4. ^ "2017 Wisconsin Badgers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  5. ^ "Purdue-Wisconsin Pre-game Notes" (PDF). PurdueSports.com. CBS Interactive. October 9, 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "Purdue vs Wisconsin (Oct 14, 2017 at Madison, Wis.)" (PDF). www.grfx.cstv.com. Purdue University. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d "Undrafted free agent signings 2018: Tracking all the post-draft moves".