Phil Steeles School Soccer Preview predicts UW will probably be a “shock workforce” in 2021

June 24, 2021 | 9:15 a.m.

Learfield Staff Writer, Sports

Phil Steeles College Football Preview sees something special in the Wisconsin Badgers.

Steele calls the team of coach Paul Chryst one of his “surprise teams” for the 2021 season.

After a year off, he expects Wisconsin’s normally strong running game to return behind four talented running backs and an experienced offensive line.

Steele says quarterback Graham Mertz will be one of “the best in the nation,” and he rates the Badgers linebackers at number six in the country while the defensive backs are rated at number 10.

With 17 recurring starters and a schedule of just four real street games, Wisconsin could be undefeated when it meets Ohio State in the Big Ten title game.

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