As Paul Chryst and the Wisconsin football team get set up for 2022, what will fans be able to expect out of the Badgers this season?
The Wisconsin Badgers have been able to be consistently successful under Paul Chryst’s leadership. As he wraps up his seventh season with the Badgers, Chryst brought up another bowl victory and was close to getting double digit wins once again.
Wisconsin’s offense will enter 2022 with some potential thanks to a young, talented running back and a quarterback who, though inconsistent, finally got a complete season of play to work with. Will the Badgers be able to take a significant step forward next season?
2022 Wisconsin football schedule: Way-too-early predictions for Paul Chryst and Wisconsin Badgers
- Sept. 3 vs. Illinois State: W
- Sept. 10 vs. Washington State: W
- Sept. 17 vs. New Mexico State: W
- Sept. 24 at Ohio State: L
- Oct. 1 vs. Illinois: W
- Oct. 8 at Northwestern: W
- Oct. 15 at Michigan State: L
- Oct. 22 vs. Purdue: W
- Nov. 5 vs. Maryland: W
- Nov. 12 at Iowa: L
- Nov. 19 at Nebraska: W
- Nov. 26 vs. Minnesota: W
2022 way-too-early prediction: 9-3
Outside of some intriguing road contests, Wisconsin has a schedule that is relatively easy to work through. The Big Ten is a solid conference and there are bound to be challenging teams that will do everything they can to surprise the Badgers, but if they win every game they’re supposed to, Chryst and his team will be celebrating another successful season in 2022.
The first few games should be fairly easy. Welcoming Washington State to town will provide a fun contest that will be an underrated game to watch, but Wisconsin should be 3-0 before heading to Columbus.
That road trip to Ohio State, though, likely won’t be much fun for Wisconsin. The Buckeyes are a remarkable team and it’s hard to project that being a win for Wisconsin.
The Badgers are good enough to bounce back over the next couple of weeks before taking a road trip to Michigan State. The Spartans could conceivably continue to improve with Mel Tucker, or maybe they take a slight step back this season, it’s hard to predict given the small sample size of Tucker’s time there. This game is a toss-up, but with it being on the road, Michigan State has a nice advantage there.
A late-season road trip to Iowa is another game the Badgers could potentially win, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone if the Hawkeyes successfully defend their home turf against the Badgers.
If Braelon Allen can continue to be special and Graham Mertz can step up and improve going forward, this season has the potential to be a pretty good one for the Badgers. Wisconsin always seems to have some promise and the Badgers could very well overachieve this season. Double-digit wins aren’t outside of the realm of possibility for this team.
Of course, if Mertz isn’t able to make this offense two-dimensional, the Badgers may not be able to break through and find success outside of grounding opponents into dust. We’ll see how it pans out for them in 2022.