MADISON, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland says the Badgers' defense has a lot of work to do going into Saturday's home contest against Northwestern. The fifth-year senior says the defense needs to get more turnovers, make more stops on third down, and limit big plays.
Northwestern will give the Badgers all they can handle in the big play department. The 19th-ranked Wildcats have 29 plays of 20 yards or longer in their first five games. Seventeen are passes and 12 are runs.
As far as turnovers, the Badgers have only forced one in Big Ten play, and seven overall. Their three fumble recoveries and four interceptions make Wisconsin the eighth-best in the Big Ten for generating turnovers. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda says the goal is to get three per game.
Also, the Badger defense ranks sixth in the league in stopping opponents on third down. It happens just over 32-percent of the time. Borland says the Badgers can have an "elite defense" if all three problem areas can be addressed.
Wisconsin takes a 3-and-2 overall record into Saturday's contest. Northwestern is 4-and-1.