WIRELESS FOOTBALL, WISCONSIN STATE AND COLLEGE FOOTY – WEEK 2 OF 2019 NCAA FOOTLETTERS OPEN WEEKEND WITH A LITTLE WISDOM ON COLLEGES HOME COURT WASHINGTON STATE is ready for a new start, and the Badgers are in the midst of a new era.

The Cougars are 6-0 since a first-round loss to Oregon State on Sept. 12, while their defense is the best in the Big Ten.

The return of sophomore center Aaron Craft has helped the Cougars rebound from an early-season loss to Notre Dame, and junior guard Jahlil Okafor is coming off a season in which he averaged 13.4 points and 6.2 assists while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from 3-point range.

Senior guard Alex McCalister will be expected to lead the way offensively, but the Cougs return a few key pieces in the frontcourt including senior center Aaron Nunn and freshman guard Jalen Ramsey.

Junior guard Jordan Whitehurst will be the primary ball handler for the Cougar attack.

Junior forward J.T. Barrett will likely get a chance to show why he is one of the top players in the Pac-12.

Wisconsin is 5-0 against ranked opponents this season, including wins over Oregon State, Oregon, Notre Dame and USC.

The Badgers have won seven straight against ranked teams, including a 20-point win over UCLA on Sept 12.

The teams will meet in the first game of the season in Madison on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Wisconsin will open the season against Maryland on Sept 29.

Wisconsin returns all seven starters from last year’s NCAA Tournament team, including senior guard Jalyn Coleman.

Coleman, who had 23 points and 13 rebounds, is averaging 14.6 points and 7.4 assists.

Senior center Ryan Swope, who is averaging 13.6 rebounds this season after averaging 7.9 points last season, will also be in line to see more playing time.

Senior forward Kyle Singler will have to step up offensively with Coleman, Singler and freshman forward Austin Nichols.

Senior wing Terrance Ferguson will start the season as the No. 1 option, and senior guard Brandon Taylor could be a good candidate to make an immediate impact.

The offense could be the difference for Wisconsin.

The Huskies rank eighth in the nation with 3,099 points.

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