Let's all be honest with ourselves. We all know what the Badgers want to do. They want to get inbetween the tackles, pound the rock, and wear down our defense. So what do we do to counteract that? You're going to get most of this info in the defensive breakdown, but as it is, I'm bored at work, and you all are my only lifeline to keeping my eyes open. So here goes.
They're going to attack our D-line and LB's with a heavy run game between the tackles. A traditional 4-3 won't be as effective against them as most because 1. they have a Wisconsin O-line, and 2. They have 2 stout RB's that can get it done on any down.
I thought about running a 5-2-4 with the extra down D-linemen to eat up the extra gap left by the O-lines alignment to the D-line (5 on the O-line vs. 4 on the D-line) but I really don't like the idea of leaving 2 LBs out to pasture, especially when that's our weakest position currently. I'm thinking we switch it up completely and put a tackling specialist with the LBs (who are supposed to be tackling specialists).
What I'm saying is, shift the defense on obvious rushing downs to a 4-4-3. It would be our traditional alignment of 4 down defensive linemen (Spence/Washington/Bennet/Hale), and then the LB group would look something like Shazier/Grant/Perry/Marcus lining Marcus up inside with Grant, and having Shazier and Perry to protect the perimeter could go a long way in slowing down those RBs if they get into the second level.
Now that does leave us putting Grant and Roby on an island in one on one against the Badger receivers, but if I'm being honest, I don't worry about Roby one on one against any receiver in the B1G. The safety over the top would be Bryant (I think he's a better tackler than Barnett even though they both do a nice job), and he could roam the back end of the defense. Mostly I'd anticipate him cheating over to Grant's side to help in coverage.
Now of course on obvious passing downs you'd have to switch it up and have more DB's on the field if they run bunch sets and things like that, but I like the idea of an extra specialized tackler in the second level to slow down Wisonsin running the ball.