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2015 Wisconsin Badgers Football Team

2015 Wisconsin Badgers football
Wisconsin Badgers logo.svg
Holiday Bowl champion
Holiday Bowl, W 23-21 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionWest Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 21
APNo. 21
2015 record10-3 (6-2 Big Ten)
Head coachPaul Chryst (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorJoe Rudolph (1st season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorDave Aranda (3rd season)
Base defense3-4
CaptainMichael Caputo
Home stadiumCamp Randall Stadium
(Capacity: 80,321)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 Michigan State xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 4 Ohio State x   7 1         12 1  
No. 12 Michigan   6 2         10 3  
Penn State   4 4         7 6  
Indiana   2 6         6 7  
Rutgers   1 7         4 8  
Maryland   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 9 Iowa xy   8 0         12 2  
No. 23 Northwestern   6 2         10 3  
No. 21 Wisconsin   6 2         10 3  
Nebraska   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         5 7  
Purdue   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Michigan State 16, Iowa 13
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Badgers, led by first-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. On January 13, 2015, the Badgers hired offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph. The Badgers were the media preseason favorites to win the Big Ten West division.[1] During fall camp prior to the start of the season Chryst announced the Badgers would return to a pro-style punt scheme instead of the shield punt scheme, also known as the spread punt scheme.[2] Two days after Wisconsin played in the Holiday Bowl defensive coordinator Dave Aranda was hired by LSU as their new defensive coordinator. At the end of the season, Wisconsin featured the #1 defense in college football, with opponents averaging just 13.1 points per game against the Badgers.[3]

Recruiting

Watchlists and preseason awards

Bednarik Award,[4]Bronko Nagurski Trophy,[5]Lombardi Award[6]
Lott IMPACT Trophy,[7]Bednarik Award,[4]Bronko Nagurski Trophy,[5]Jim Thorpe Award[8]
Maxwell Award,[9]Doak Walker Award[10]
Biletnikoff Award [11]
Lou Groza Award[12]
  • Dan Voltz (C)
Rimington Trophy,[13]Outland Trophy[5]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 57:00 p.m.vs. No. 3 Alabama*No. 20ABCL 17-3564,279
September 1211:00 a.m.Miami (OH)*ESPNUW 58-076,535
September 192:30 p.m.Troy*No. 24
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
BTNW 28-377,157
September 267:00 p.m.Hawaii*No. 22
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
BTNW 28-080,829
October 311:00 a.m.IowaNo. 19
ESPNL 6-1080,933
October 102:30 p.m.at NebraskaABC/ESPN2W 23-2189,886
October 1711:00 a.m.Purduedagger
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
BTNW 24-780,794
October 242:30 p.m.at IllinoisBTNW 24-1345,438
October 3111:00 a.m.Rutgers
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
BTNW 48-1074,575
November 72:30 p.m.at MarylandBTNW 31-2444,678
November 212:30 p.m.No. 20 NorthwesternNo. 21
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
BTNL 7-1375,276
November 282:30 p.m.at MinnesotaBTNW 31-2152,850
December 309:30 p.m.vs. USC*No. 23ESPNW 23-2148,329
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = 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 20 RV 24 22 19 NR NR RV RV RV 23 21 RV 25 23 21
Coaches 18 24 23 21 18 RV RV RV RV RV 22 20 RV 25 23 21
CFP Not released NR 25 25 NR NR NR Not released

Game summaries

vs #3 Alabama

Overall record Last meeting Result
1-0 November 3, 1928 W 15-0
source[14]
Wisconsin starting lineup

Miami (OH)

Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0
source[14]
Wisconsin starting lineup

Troy

Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0
source[14]
Wisconsin starting lineup

Hawaii

Overall record Last meeting Result
5-1 December 5, 2009 W 51-10
source[14]
Wisconsin starting lineup

Iowa

Overall record Last meeting Result
44-42-2 November 22, 2014 W 26-24
source[14]
Wisconsin starting lineup

at Nebraska

Overall record Last meeting Result
5-4 November 15, 2014 W 59-24
source[14]
Wisconsin starting lineup

Purdue

Overall record Last meeting Result
45-29 November 8, 2014 W 34-16
source[14]
Wisconsin starting lineup

at Illinois

Overall record Last meeting Result
38-36-7 October 11, 2014 W 38-28
source[14]
Wisconsin starting lineup

Rutgers

Overall record Last meeting Result
1-0 November 1, 2014 W 37-0
source[14]
Wisconsin starting lineup

at Maryland

Overall record Last meeting Result
1-0 October 25, 2014 W 52-7
source[14]
Wisconsin starting lineup

#20 Northwestern

Overall record Last meeting Result
57-34-5 October 4, 2014 L 14-20
source[14]
Wisconsin starting lineup

at Minnesota

Overall record Last meeting Result
57-59-8 November 29, 2014 W 34-24
Source
source[14]
Wisconsin starting lineup

Holiday Bowl

Coaching staff

Name Position First season Alma Mater
Paul Chryst Head coach / Quarterbacks coach 2015 Wisconsin
Dave Aranda Defensive coordinator / Inside linebackers coach 2013 California Lutheran
Joe Rudolph Associate head coach / Offensive coordinator / Offensive line coach 2015 Wisconsin
John Settle Running backs coach 2015 Appalachian State
Mickey Turner Tight ends coach 2015 Wisconsin
Ted Gilmore Wide receivers coach 2015 Wyoming
Daronte Jones Defensive backs coach 2015 Morgan State
Tim Tibesar Outside linebackers coach 2015 North Dakota
Inoke Breckterfield Defensive line coach 2015 Oregon State
Chris Haering Special teams coordinator 2015 West Virginia
Ross Kolodziej Strength and Conditioning coach 2015 Wisconsin

Roster

Departures

After enrolling early and attending spring training quarterback Austin Kafentzis announced that he would transfer from Wisconsin to the University of Nevada before the start of the 2015 season.[23]

At the end of the season redshirt freshman quarterback D.J. Gillins announced that he would transfer as well, to Pearl River Community College. It was reported that Gillins likely transferred because he wouldn't fit in Paul Chryst's Pro-style offense, he was originally recruited by former head coach Gary Andersen as a more mobile dual-threat style quarterback.[24]

Statistics

Team

Non-conference opponents

1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 27 58 38 31 154
All opponents 10 14 21 14 59

Big 10 opponents

1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 41 61 51 41 194
Big 10 opponents 27 54 14 24 119

Offense

Defense

Key: POS: Position, SOLO: Solo Tackles, AST: Assisted Tackles, TOT: Total Tackles, TFL: Tackles-for-loss, SACK: Quarterback Sacks, INT: Interceptions, PBU: Passes Broken Up, QBH: Quarterback Hits, FF: Forced Fumbles, FR: Fumbles Recovered, TD : Touchdown

Special teams

Big Ten Players of the Week

  • Week 4 - Freshman of the Week - RB, Taiwan Deal[25]
  • Week 5 - Co-Defensive Player of the Week - LB, Joe Schobert[26]
  • Week 7 - Freshman of the Week - LB, T.J. Edwards[27]
  • Week 8 - Special Teams Player of the Week - P, Drew Meyer [28]
  • Week 13 - Special Teams Player of the Week - P, Drew Meyer [29]

Awards

2016 NFL Draft

2016 NFL Draft class

Signed undrafted free agents

References

  1. ^ Galloway, Jason (July 27, 2015). "Media Picks UW to Win West Again". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Potrykus, Jeff (August 19, 2015). "Badgers Go Back to Pro-Style Punt Scheme". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Journal Sentinel, Inc. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.ncaa.com/stats/football/fbs/2015/team/28
  4. ^ a b Oxley, Jim (July 7, 2015). "Vince Biegel, Michael Caputo Named to Bednarik Award Watch List". Badger of Honor. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Badgers Land on Nagurski, Outland Watch Lists". University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Athletics. July 10, 2015. Archived from the original on August 12, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Vince Biegel makes Lombardi Award watch list". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison. July 15, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ Kocorowski, Jake (June 8, 2015). "Safety Mike Caputo Named Captain". SB Nation. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "Thorpe Award Latest to Add Caputo to Watch List". University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Athletics. July 13, 2015. Archived from the original on July 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ Oxley, Jim (July 7, 2015). "Corey Clement Named to Maxwell Award Watch List". Badger of Honor. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Corey Clement Named to Doak Walker Award Watch List". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison. July 16, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Oxley, Jim (July 15, 2015). "Alex Erickson Named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List". Badger of Honor. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "Gaglianone Claims Spot on Groza Award Watch List". University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Athletics. July 9, 2015. Archived from the original on July 10, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ "Wisconsin Badgers' Dan Voltz named to Rimington Trophy Preseason Watch List". Fox Sports Wisconsin. May 19, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Flood, Evan. "Wisconsin All-Time Records Versus 2015 Opponents". 247sports.com. Archived from the original on June 12, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ a b c "#20 Wisconsin vs. #3 Alabama" (PDF). University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Athletics. August 31, 2015. Retrieved 2015.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ a b c "Miami (Ohio) (1-1) vs Wisconsin (1-1)". University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Athletics. September 12, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  17. ^ a b c d e f "Troy (1-2) vs Wisconsin (2-1)". University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Athletics. September 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Iowa (5-0, 1-0) vs Wisconsin (3-2, 0-1)". University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Athletics. October 3, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  19. ^ a b c "RUTGERS (3-5, 1-4) -VS- WISCONSIN (7-2, 4-1)". University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Athletics. September 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ a b c "WISCONSIN (8-2, 5-1) -VS- MARYLAND (2-7, 0-5)". University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Athletics. September 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ a b c "NORTHWESTERN (9-2, 5-2) -VS- WISCONSIN (8-3, 5-2)". University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Athletics. September 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  22. ^ a b c "WISCONSIN (9-3, 6-2) -VS- MINNESOTA (5-7, 2-6)". University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Athletics. September 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  23. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/sports/badgers/freshman-qb-austin-kafentzis-transfers-before-playing-a-down-at-uw-b99505859z1-304780811.html
  24. ^ http://www.jsonline.com/sports/badgers/redshirt-freshman-dj-gillins-to-leave-b99644209z1-364006261.html
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  28. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 27, 2015. Retrieved 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  29. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 5, 2015. Retrieved 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  30. ^ http://www.uwbadgers.com/news/2015/11/30/FB_1130155718.aspx
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