Nov 9, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back James White (20) during the game against the Brigham Young Cougars at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin won 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Badgers vs Hoosiers: Next Step for Wisconsin Football

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There are three steps left for Bucky to take to accomplish a ten win regular season and a possible BCS bowl bid.

The first step is defeating the Indiana Hoosiers 4-5 (2-3) at Camp Randall on Saturday.

Wisconsin is 7-2 (4-1) and is still recovering from the wound left by the ref blunder at the end of the Arizona State game. The Badgers are No. 17 in the AP poll but are still disrespected by the computers sitting at No. 22 in the BCS rankings. But winning cures all and that is what the Badgers have been doing lately.

The Badgers will look to keep the momentum of their four-game winning streak going, which includes impressive wins at Iowa and over BYU in the last two weeks.

A big reason for Wisconsin’s success is its dominant defense, currently sixth in the nation allowing 15.2 points-per-game. The other reason is the Badgers’ consistent running game. Melvin Gordon III has been leading the Badgers all year on the ground but in the past two weeks it’s been senior James White who has stepped up. White has led the Badgers to victory with 279 rushing yards and five total touchdowns in the last two weeks.

Indiana might not even want to get off of the bus when it gets to Madison if they don’t play the Badgers better than they have in recent years.

83-20, 59-7 and 62-14… Those are the scores that Wisconsin has beaten Indiana by in the previous three seasons. But this Hoosier squad is better than their previous versions, at least at scoring that is.

The Hoosiers are tenth in the nation at scoring putting up an impressive 43.1 points-per-game. Their sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld has chucked 19 touchdowns on the year. Sudfeld has been throwing to a fantastic duo of junior receivers in Cody Latimore and Shane Wynn. Those two receivers have combined for 15 touchdowns on the season, thus the Hoosiers have much more balance and depth at the receiver position than the Badgers whose two starting wide receivers are Jared Abbrederis and Jared Abbrederis.

Unfortunately for the Hoosiers their star running back, sophomore Tevin Coleman, will most-likely be sidelined for the matchup with the Badgers. Not an ideal time for Indiana to lose such a valuable part of their offense. Coleman has 958 yards and 12 touchdowns on the year and is coming off a 215 yard rushing performance in a win over Illinois.

The star running back hasn’t officially been listed out for the game but all reports are saying he’s almost a lock to not play at Camp Randall.

The Indiana Hoosiers will try to get the Badgers into a shootout on Saturday, utilizing their depth at receiver and the right arm of Sudfeld. Expect the Hoosier to air it out early on the Badgers young secondary.

The Badgers’ secondary has to be the bright spot for the Badgers this season as many expected it to struggle due to inexperience and lack of depth. But freshman Sojourn Shelton, sophomore Michael Caputo and sophomore Darius Hilary have stepped up to provide solid play for Wisconsin. These underclassman joined senior Dezman Southward and junior Peniel Jean to help the Badgers have what could be the best defense in the Big Ten (Sparty disagrees).

If the Badgers can slow down the Hoosiers’ passing attack and control the time of possession with their trademark running attack Bucky should be doing plenty of post-score pushups en route to a Badgers victory.

I think Wisconsin is too much for Indiana to handle and the Hoosiers end up with their lowest point total of the season. Final: 38-24 Wisconsin. That’s the way I see it.

The game can be watched on ESPN2 at 11:00 AM CT.

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  • metalhead65

    not sure if your current coach has the same run the score up on them as your old coach does but the badgers are the 1 big 10 school I will always root against because of that. you guys act like you are the number 1 school in the country while running weak teams and schools trying to build a program into the ground but when was the last time you beat a top 10 school like that? or top 20? playing your starters into the 4th quarter shows your lack of class and I hope you guys get beat in whatever bowls game you go to. it won’t be a bcs one that’s for sure. that spot is reserved for Ohio State.

    • David Kaz

      1962 #1 Nortwestern 37-6
      1994 #21 Indiana W 62–13
      1999 #12 Michigan State W 40–10
      1999 #11 Ohio State W 42–17
      2003 #21 Michigan W 56–21
      2011 #11 Nebraska W 48–17
      2012 #20 Penn State W 45–7
      2012 #14 Nebraska W 70–31
      2013 #18 Northwestern W 35–6

      • Daniel D. Zillmer

        Not to mention in 2010 the Badgers imposed their will running the ball scoring 31 points and knocking off the No. 1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, as well.

        • David Kaz

          I was going to post that also, was looking for 30ish point wins. I also never warmed up to Bilema. I am far more comfortable with Anderson.

          • Daniel D. Zillmer

            For sure, yeah it certainly wasn’t a blow-out but an impressive win though. Bilema was just a slimeball, I remember making excuses for him when he was our guy… they weren’t valid excuses, haha.

          • Taylor

            I remember defending Bielema as well early on, but that got old real fast. I laughed when I heard he bolted for Arkansas knowing it would be a disaster. I didn’t know much about Gary Andersen, but the more I looked into him the more I liked what I saw. Very pleased what he has done so far this season.

          • Daniel D. Zillmer

            Haha, yeah exactly. Arkansas is a dumpster-fire. And Andersen has seemed like a sound coach but an even better guy – which is just so refreshing… not to mention he’s been the best recruiter we’ve ever had a UW (small sample size but still).

          • Taylor

            I’m not ready to call Andersen best recruiter ever in Wisconsin yet, I need to see more. I think why most Badger fans like Andersen so much is because he is a guy from outside the program that has had success before. It’s a huge breath of fresh air from what we were used to.

          • Daniel D. Zillmer

            True, but yeah, if he keeps this kind of recruiting up – look out!

    • Daniel D. Zillmer

      Thanks for your readership and opinions! I believe David Kaz gave a fairly good response. The Badgers score a lot of points on a lot of quality teams, too!

      As for “running up the score” I believe the Badgers had a third string quarter back play the entire fourth quarter of one of those IU games and ran in a touchdown – he wasn’t even a running quarterback. I single out IU because that is who they are playing this week/the article is about/and those blow out scores you are referencing. And, When the Badgers call runs up the middle in the second half and they go for 75 yard touchdown runs – that’s not really the fault of the coach “running up the score” more a fact that the defense simply cannot stop our running attack. The Badgers’ backup runners are usually better than IU’s Starting runners and many other Big Ten teams… so the score tends to just keep going up…

      With that said, I agree, I disliked the former coach a lot as well. I thought he was not smart nor a representation of the Wisconsin way. Gary Andersen is a great coach AND great man, I hope you begin to like the Badgers a bit more! They have quality depth at running back and offensive line and score a lot of points often – I think you should look a bit more about “Starters playing the whole

      game” as that didn’t happen maybe quite as often as you think.

      Again thanks for reading and we can ALL laugh at how Arkansas is playing this year! Haha!

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