Three games. Just three games are left on the regular season schedule for the Wisconsin Badgers. I have no clue where this season went, but here we sit with three weeks left and the Badgers are looking for hopefully a shot at a BCS bowl game.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the remaining three games on the schedule and just what road lies ahead for first-year coach Gary Andersen and company.
November 16 vs. Indiana Hoosiers (4-5, 2-3): In the past couple of years, the Badgers have completely owned the Hoosiers. Does history repeat itself in this game? I do see the Badgers coming away with a win, I just don’t see it being a huge blowout though. Like our own Douglas J. Etten wrote, this Hoosiers offense is really good even without their star running back Tevin Coleman.
The Wisconsin defense must be extremely focused on Saturday. In fact the entire Badger locker room needs to be focused. Coming off a big non-conference win against BYU a week ago and with a huge rivalry game with hated Minnesota next week, the Badgers cannot look past this Hoosiers team. Bucky wins but I think it’s closer than many think.
November 23 @ Minnesota Gophers (8-2, 4-2): If you would have asked me a month ago what my honest opinion of how this game would turn out, I would have laughed and said it’s a no-brainer Wisconsin wins their 10th game in a row against Minnesota. Cue Lee Corso. “Not so fast my friend!” The Gophers are the hottest team in the Big Ten and one of the biggest surprises in the country.
Riding a four game winning streak, the Gophers are bursting with confidence and rightfully so. Oh and did I mention they will be heading into this game coming off a bye week? With an extra week to prepare and the game at TCF Bank Stadium, Badger fans should feel a little nervous about this game. Wisconsin squeaks by here but don’t be surprised if the Gophers pull off the huge upset.
November 30 vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (5-4, 2-3): This Nittany Lions squad has been tough to judge this year. You never really know what team is going to show up each Saturday. Coach Bill O’Brien has done a good job for the most part of keeping this team’s head above water. Bright spots in this season is the play of freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg and running backs Zach Zwinak and Bill Belton.
With a record of 0-3 on the road, heading to Camp Randall on the finale of the regular season will not bode well for Penn State. Even though I think it will be close in the opening quarters, the Badgers pull away in the second half and come away with the victory.
As long as the Badgers don’t fall victim to the possible trap game that could be Indiana and are able to retain Paul Bunyan’s Axe another year against the red-hot Gophers, they should be able to finish these last three games unblemished. And then we all play the waiting game and see where Bucky will be going bowling.