Spring game preview: Wisconsin

April, 19, 2013
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Want to see what Gary Andersen's first Wisconsin team will look like? You can get a sneak peek when the Badgers hold their annual spring game Saturday. Here's the latest in our series of previews of the Big Ten spring games:

When: Saturday, 5 p.m. ET

Where: Camp Randall Stadium

Admission: $5, with proceeds benefiting the Wisconsin pharmacy school.

TV: Live on Big Ten Network

Weather forecast: Partly cloudy, with a high of 48 degrees.

What to watch for: The game will pit the offense (White) vs. the defense (Cardinal) and will consist of normal clock rules in the first half and two 10-minute quarters with a running clock in the second half, except for the final two minutes. In addition to normal scoring rules, the offense will get two points for a run of 15 or more yards or a pass of 20 or more yards, and one point for each first down. The defense will get five points for a turnover, three points for a three-and-out and two points for a stopped drive, sack or tackle for loss.

Andersen is holding out linebacker Chris Borland, defensive end Ethan Hemer, safety Dezmen Southward, running back James White, offensive lineman Ryan Groy and wide receiver Jared Abbrederis for precautionary reasons. Defensive tackle Beau Allen and defensive end Brendan Kelly won't play because of injuries.

Of course, most eyes will be on the quarterback battle, as Curt Phillips and Joel Stave have been locked in a competition for the starting job all spring. Bart Houston and Danny O'Brien should also take some snaps.

Fans will also be curious to see the new defensive scheme and what the Badgers look like in a 3-4 alignment. Expect the defensive game plan to be pretty basic as in most spring games, however. Also keep an eye on the secondary, whose lone returning starter from last year (Southward) won't play in the game. Who else will step up there?

With White on the sidelines, tailback Melvin Gordon could shine. I'd wager that he rips off at least one big run. This should also be a good test for the Wisconsin receivers without Abbrederis in the lineup, as he was the only consistent wideout on the team last season.

The Badgers will also mix in some goofiness in their spring game. Students have been encouraged to submit dance videos via Twitter to @BadgerFootball for a chance to take part in a dance-off with a current Badgers player during the game. Two students will also be chosen to take part in a punt-catching competition. Season tickets will be on the line in both competitions.

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