Badger of Honor looks at all three phases of Wisconsin football in grading the Badgers against the Hoosiers
As always, grading Wisconsin football requires recognizing the opposition quality, environment, and of course injuries. Unfortunately,that last category was a problem on Saturday for the Badgers.
Nonetheless, Wisconsin still had enough firepower on offense and defense to get the win.
As a result, the Badgers move to 9-0 overall and 6-0 in conference play. Much to the chagrin of all the persistent doubters.
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Against Indiana, the Badgers quickly dug itself a hole following yet another early Alex Hornibrook interception. The Hoosiers responded with a touchdown and then added a field goal as the home side was feeling itself. However, they couldn’t sustain the early momentum against Wisconsin’s defense.
But from there on out, Wisconsin ripped off 24 straight points to lead 24-10. Indiana replied with a touchdown. Wisconsin, more specifically Joe Ferguson, got two interceptions and a turnover on downs. Bucky turned all three into touchdowns for the final 45-17 margin.
Yet again, the Badgers weren’t dominating. Wisconsin was probably fortunate to lead at halftime after falling behind early.
As a result, the Badgers have a 2.5 game lead in the Big Ten West. A single win in its next three conference games secures a place in the Big Ten title game. In addition, Wisconsin moved up a spot in the Coaches Poll to #3.