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September 27, 2013Follow @JohnVeldhuis
Welcome back to my 2013 football mailbag! I'll answer your questions every week from the Badger's Den and take questions over Twitter and through plain old email, so if you have a question you'd like me to feature go right ahead and send them in.
I'll take questions from my inbox, Twitter and the Badger's Den, our exclusive message board for BadgerBlitz.com subscribers.
BadgerBlitz.com member ChiefPT writes: How do you see the Badgers matching up against the power spread, versus the true spread of Tennessee Tech or the passing spread of Asterisk State University? Do you feel our personnel is better suited versus OSU's version of the power spread?
From a personnel standpoint, I think the Badgers do matchup pretty well. I've been saying it for most of the preseason and in to the regular season- I think these two teams are much closer in overall talent than their respective poll rankings suggest. The Badgers have a very experienced front seven that allows them to match up well against running games, and like usual the biggest question comes on the back end to see if their defensive backs can play well in man-to-man.
I am curious to see how Wisconsin's new defensive scheme matches up against a Big Ten power like Ohio State. When teams like Purdue roll in to town, it almost seems like the Badgers could just revert back to their old 4-3 and be fine- they're just more talented than the Boilermakers. But when two teams are on a more even playing field, I think the scheme matters a lot more. The Badgers have played well on defense so far, but this game will probably be a turning point in how people look at Wisconsin's 3-4 scheme and how well it will play in the Big Ten.
BadgerBlitz.com member bdbcpa writes: What Wisconsin recruits are taking officials for Ohio State in our game this weekend?
Off the top of my head, wide receiver Johnnie Dixon and tight end Deandre Goolsby will both be on campus at Ohio State after receiving offers from Wisconsin earlier in the process. But of the prospects the Badgers are actively recruiting, tight end Mike Gesicki is the biggest name. The Buckeyes are reportedly going to roll out the red carpet for Gesicki, who has been to Wisconsin's campus a number of times during the process.
That's not to say that the Badgers are completely out of the hunt for Gesicki, but I think Ohio State is ahead right now and they'll definitely have a chance to increase that lead by the end of the weekend. I don't know if I'm expecting a commitment, but I wouldn't be floored by it if it did happen over the weekend.
BadgerBlitz.com member CC Manhattan writes: Have you heard any news on Vonte Jackson? Is he someone who may still have a future at UW or did his injuries derail a promising career?
I think the Badgers are still in wait-and-see mode on Jackson, who suffered another torn ACL earlier in the year as he was coming back from a previous tear. Curt Phillips came back from multiple ACL injuries, so I'm never going to say a player can't come back from something like that. But it will be interesting to see how well Jackson can move around on the field when or if he actually does make it all the way back. ACL injuries can be tough on running backs in particular, since they need to be able to move laterally to be effective. I'm not a doctor, but Jackson has a long way to go. It would be quite a comeback story if he could get close to the potential a lot of people thought he had when he signed with the Badgers a few years ago.
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