Wisconsin Football: 5 Questions Following the Bye Week

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Robert Wheelwright warms up before the Badgers take on the Troy Trojans. Jim Oxley photo

The Wisconsin football team sat out last Saturday on a bye week, and with just two games left on the schedule, there’s plenty of questions that need to be answered heading into the final stretch.

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Outside of a loss to Iowa, the season has gone about what you would have expected for the Badgers in terms of wins and losses. Most, if not all, expected them to drop the season opener against Alabama, and most of our Badger of Honor staffers predicted a two-loss season.

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Not many, however, were predicting that loss to come to Iowa, at the time it seemed more likely the Nebraska Cornhuskers or the Minnesota Golden Gophers would get the Badgers on the road.

The Badgers survived Nebraska, and have a matchup remaining with the Golden Gophers, but will need to get past a ranked Northwestern team Saturday to keep their five-game winning streak alive.

While the record looks about what you would have expected heading into the season, the roster looks anything but. Instead of seeing his name in the running for the Heisman trophy, Corey Clement has mostly seen his name on the injury report.

The offensive line has been in shambles for part of the year thanks to both injuries and inexperience, and the receiving corps have taken hit after hit with the losses of Austin Traylor and Robert Wheelwright for extended periods of time.

The bye week came at a good time for the banged-up Badgers, but they’re back in action in just a few days and will need to win their remaining two games if they want a good bowl game.

There are many, many questions you could ask about this team with just two games left to play, but we’ll keep it simple and stick to just five.

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