Every single year college football teams have to deal with the “trap game” in their schedule. Sometimes they have to deal with it numerous times. With the weather getting warmer and kick off under 100 days away, it’s time to look at potential trap games for the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2014 season.
10/25 vs. Maryland Terrapins– I picked this game for a couple of different reasons. For starters, this game comes after having a bye week sandwiched between this week and the Badgers tilt with Illinois on October 11th. It also marks the first time Maryland will visit Camp Randall Stadium as a Big Ten foe. Expect the media to be all over this one. It also comes a week prior to the Badgers traveling to face Rutgers, the other newcomer to the Big Ten. That game in New Jersey also marks the start of three out of five games on the road.
Oh and did I mention the game against Maryland is also Wisconsin’s homecoming?
11/8 at Purdue Boilermakers– Let’s face it, the Boilermakers are not a good football team right now. They finished last season with a 1-11 record and failed to win a Big Ten game. And most of those losses were blowouts. I expect more of the same from them this year. Now I’m not saying the Badgers will get dealt a major upset and lose this game. However, following this game are three tough games to end the season beginning with Nebraska. That is followed by a trip to Iowa and playing host to Minnesota to round out the regular season.
Can’t blame the Badgers if they just happen to peek ahead of this Purdue game. I’m not predicting a loss by any means, but it would not surprise me one bit if Wisconsin comes out a little sluggish in this one.
These are the two games that stand out to me as very possible trap games for the 2014 Wisconsin Badgers. It will be very important for Gary Andersen and his coaching staff to keep these kids completely focused on what’s at stake this season.