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Wisconsin Badgers vs South Dakota Coyotes Football Preview


The sixth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers return home on Saturday to face the FCS South Dakota Coyotes.

The Coyotes are ranked 18th in the FCS poll.

Last season, South Dakota upset Minnesota 41-38 in Minneapolis.  The Badgers are the highest-ranked team South Dakota has ever faced.

Wisconsin has won 31 straight nonconference games (excluding bowl games).

Last week, the Badgers demolished Northern Illinois 49-7 at Soldier Field in Chicago.  Wisconsin piled up 621 total yards.  Quarterback Russell Wilson completed 23 of 32 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns.

Wilson has now thrown for 791 yards and eight touchdowns this season, with just one interception.

Badgers running back Montee Ball has carried 48 times for 272 yards and seven touchdowns.  James White has run for 208 yards on 36 carries, with two scores.

Nick Toon leads Wisconsin receivers with 14 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns.  Tight end Jacob Pedersen has caught ten passes for 164 yards and four touchdowns.

The Coyotes opened the season with a 37-20 loss at Air Force.  Their most impressive performance this season came in Week Two, a 30-17 win over defending FCS national champion Eastern Washington.  The Coyotes won their second straight game with a 48-10 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State last week.

South Dakota 's offense revolves around senior quarterback Dante Warren, who has thrown for 488 yards and five touchdowns and has run for 185 yards and two touchdowns.

Former Wisconsin defensive end Jake Sprague is the Coyotes' defensive coordinator.


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By: Matt Zemek
DFN Sports Senior Staff Writer