Wisconsin’s defensive depth map in Ohio state

Big Ten plays for the 2022 Wisconsin Badgers, and there’s no tougher test than their first. On Saturday night, Wisconsin will take on Ohio State in primetime Columbus.

What Will Wisconsin’s Defense Look Like Saturday Night? In terms of what needs to happen, the recipe is simple. Execution will be much more difficult. Wisconsin will have to force CJ Stroud to think about pressure while he does a good job in one-on-one fights in the secondary school. This is arguably the best wide receiver room in the country, and a revamped runner-up in Wisconsin needs to play its best football of the season.

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Here’s a look at the Week 4 defensive depth chart:

Beginning of defense: Isaiah Mullens (RS SR) & Rodas Johnson (RS JR)

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Backup defensive end: James Thompson Jr. (RS SO) & Cade McDonald (RS SO)

Wisconsin defensive end James Thompson Jr. (90) goes through a drill during practice Friday, August 13, 2021 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.

Starting nose tackle: Keeanu Benton (SR)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – NOVEMBER 27: Keeanu Benton #95 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates after picking up a sack against Tanner Morgan #2 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers (not pictured) in the second quarter of the game at Huntington Bank Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

Backup nose device: Gio Paez

Wisconsin cornerback James Williams (24) and defensive end Gio Paez (51) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, September 28, 2019 in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Starting Outside Linebackers: Nick Herbig (JR) & CJ Goetz (RS SR)

09/17/2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Nick Herbig (19) reacts after a sack in the second quarter against the New Mexico State Aggies at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Backup Outside Linebackers: Kaden Johnson (RS SO) & Darryl Peterson (RS FR)

09/17/2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Darryl Peterson (17) defends New Mexico State Aggies quarterback Diego Pavia (10) during the second quarter at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Inside Linebackers: Jordan Turner (RS SO) & Maema Njongmeta (RS JR)

Linebackers Jordan Turner (54) and Maema Njongmeta (55) of the Wisconsin Badgers go through drills Thursday during University of Wisconsin spring football practice at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

Backup Inside Linebackers: Tate Grass (RS JR) & Jake Chaney (SO)

Lehigh Senior High School hosted an Early Signing Day ceremony, signing senior cornerback Omarion Cooper with Florida State and senior linebacker Jake Chaney with the University of Wisconsin. Cooper held his son Omarion Cooper Jr. during the signing. Credit: Andrea Melendez/The News-Press/USA Today-Imagn Content Services, LLC

Starting cornerback: Jay Shaw (6 years SR) & Alexander Smith (RS SR)

10/30/2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, United States; UCLA Bruins defenseman Jay Shaw (1) defends a pass for Utah Utes wide receiver Devaughn Vele (17) during the third quarter at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Substitute Cornerback: Semar Melvin (RS JR) & Ricardo Hallman (RS FR)

09/10/2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Ricardo Hallman (2) celebrates with cornerback Max Lofy (12) after an interception in the first quarter against the Washington State Cougars at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Starting nickel: Cedric Dort (6th class SR)

09/03/2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Illinois State Redbirds wide receiver J’Kalon Carter (2) rushes with the football while Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Cedrick Dort Jr. (5) defends during the first quarter at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Backup Nickle: Justin Clark (7th year SR)

09/23/2017; Miami Gardens, FL, United States; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Lawrence Cager (18) can’t get past the defense of Toledo Rockets cornerback Justin Clark (24) in the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Free Start Safety: Kaom’i Latu (RS JR)

Utah Utes safety Kamo’i Latu (13) goes on defense during an NCAA football game Saturday September 11, 2021 in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Tyler Tate)

Backup-free security: Preston Zachman (RS SO)

MADISON, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 3: Preston Zachman #14 of the Wisconsin Badgers intercepts a pass during the fourth quarter against the Illinois State Redbirds on September 3, 2022 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

Strong safety at the start: John Torchio (RS SR)

09/10/2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers safety John Torchio (15) cuts a pass intended for Washington State Cougars receiver Renard Bell (9) in the third quarter at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Backup Strong security: Titus Toler

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