The Wisconsin Badgers continue their 2012 campaign with a road contest at Reser Stadium against the Oregon State Beavers. The Badgers are coming off a tougher-than-expected opening home win against the Northern Iowa Panthers, while Oregon State makes their season debut after seeing their opening game against Nicholls State get washed out by Hurricane Isaac. The Badgers dropped to #13 in both major polls after failing to blow out NIU.
Though the Badgers won the first week, this feels like a rebound game with all the talk of defensive breakdowns and a sub-par rushing attack. Heisman candidate Montee Ball will look to get on-track after what was for him a less-than-stellar effort, while QB Danny O’Brien just hopes to build on a highly successful first game with Wisconsin. Defensively, the Badgers hope to avoid mental mistakes and get more consistent push from their front four.
Oregon State has revenge on their mind Saturday after their 35-0 loss to Wisconsin last season. The Badgers and Russell Wilson utterly dominated the Beavers at Camp Randall Stadium last year, but this year the game is at Oregon State, and Russell Wilson is in the NFL. The Beavers have a solid second-year starter behind center in Sean Mannion, and a pair of talented receivers in Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks. Their defense is led by cornerback Jordan Poyer. The Badgers figure to have a good day running the ball against an Oregon State run defense that has been terrible in recent years.
Game time is 3 PM central on Saturday, September 8. The game will be televised on FX and broadcast over the radio airwaves by The Badger Sports Network.