Just like last week, the Badgers are likely better than the Herd at every position. But talent alone doesn't win football games.
Headed into Saturday, Beckum is expected to play (but probably in limited amounts), Pressley will, too, with a cast, but Casillas is not. The starting corners will be Goins and Langford.
Marshall's offense is likely an upgrade from Akron, with better playmakers at the skill positions. They put of 35 points last Saturday (ok, so it was against Illinois State, but still). This is a bigger test for the Badger defense, particularly the secondary. That makes this game a good preview for next week at pass-happy Fresno State. So, what to watch?
(1) Just like last week, is this a blowout? Just like last week, it should be.
(2) How is our pass-defense? Our starting d-line should be able to get pressure. Is that enough to compensate for our average corner and safety play?
(3) Again, Evridge and interceptions. Did he learn from his mistakes last week?
(4) Bielema nailed it, what we need to see this week is improvement. Improvement at MLB (McFadden), improvement at safety (Valai), improvement on the corners (Goins, particularly), and improvement from Evridge.