When the Wisconsin Badgers fell on the road in Arizona earlier this year, the odds of a BCS title game went out the window.
Rarely do Big Ten teams get a second chance with voters, let alone a glimpse with the bias that comes attached to both the SEC and PAC 12 logos.
Today is a statement game for Wisconsin. In many ways, it’s the game that critics, coaches, fans and players will look back on afterwards, regardless of where Wisconsin finishes in the polls and BCS shuffle.
BYU is about as quality an opponent the Badgers could ask for at this juncture in their season. Quality offense, stingy defense and all the intangibles that tell you they’re able to bust off big plays when needed and move the chains on third down.
Wisconsin needs to get things on their side early. Let’s hope that with the 2:30 start time Camp Randall is full and rocking by game time, but that is always a guessing game when it comes around to our student section.
Melvin Gordon was sort of swept beneath the headlines last week in Iowa. As has been the case for the past 10 seasons in Wisconsin, there’s another running back in the wings, waiting for his opportunity for a big game.
James White realizes his chances at making an impression with coaches and GM’s on the next level are dwindling. Against a highly-touted West Coast opponent today, he knows that with ESPN pulling into town it could very well be the BEST opportunity to build on what we saw again last week in Iowa – an ability to get the tough yards and break the back of an opponent when given the opportunity.
Joel Stave needs to make a progression, today. He needs to hit open receivers and do so in a way that allows them to run with the football after the catch.
Coaches like to talk about catch radius of receivers, and how QB’s simply need to get the ball into that radius in order to complete the pass, but that’s not going to be good enough against a defense that pursues well and is fast at the linebacker position.
Gary Andersen woke up this morning and thought about a hundred things. He knows there will be a lot of eyes on him, expecting him to prove what we all have come to know already in a short time and that is he knows how to coach in big football games.
UW should win this football game today. They need to win this football game today. That alone in itself, along with the fact Wisconsin, and Madison in particular, has been without their home team for 28 days, is enough.