ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Corey Clement #6 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Clement, Deal ruled out against Illinois

So much for the potential debut of star running back Corey Clement for the Wisconsin Badgers. According to insider Mike Lucas, the junior running back didn’t even make the trip to this game.

So much for the spark plug of the running game without Clement in as well, as Taiwan Deal also did not make the trip to Champaign, Ill.

It’s a shame, because Wisconsin has had a long history of being able to run all over the Illini. Last season, the Badgers racked up 401 yards as a team, with Clement going for 164 yards. He was aided a bit by that 72-yard touchdown run, but still had himself a day behind the future Heisman Trophy finalist.

Look for Dare Ogunbowale to get the bulk of the carries for the Badgers, while Alec Ingold will continue to see his reps increase. It appears they’ve found a guy who can give them the tough yards as needed in short-yardage and goal line situations.

Ogunbowale does lead the team, rushing for 482 yards and four touchdowns. He is also averaging a healthy 5.1 yards per carry.

However, this could be another game where the Badgers will go with what has been working for them and that is Joel Stave and the passing game. Without Clement and Deal, let’s just say this contest got a whole lot more interesting.

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, as well as Publisher of Big Ten site