StaTuesday: The dominating Badgers defense in 2015
The college football season is officially over and while the Wisconsin Badgers hadn't played since Dec. 30, they were affected by Alabama's performance in the national championship game.
The Crimson Tide allowed 40 points to Clemson, which allowed Wisconsin to overtake them and lead the nation in points allowed per game, just the third time the Badgers have ever led the nation in that category.
Wisconsin also finished second in total defense (yards allowed per game) -- and if Boston College was good enough to play in a bowl game, perhaps the Badgers would have been No. 1.
|San Diego State||14||863||4022||4.66||287.3|
Note: No other team allowed fewer than 300 yards per game.
The Badgers were seventh in the nation in passing defense (yards/game), but second in opposing passer rating.
Finally, yes, Wisconsin also ranked highly in rush defense. The Badgers were No. 4 in yards per game but also fourth in rush average allowed.
|San Diego State||14||3.16||108.71|
Will the Badgers be able to dominate again in 2016? Well Wisconsin returns many of its starters on defense. But, of course, the caveat to all of this is the Badgers won't have defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who left for LSU.
Nevertheless, the Badgers can lay claim to being one of the best college football defenses in the 2015 season.
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