The offensive line has been underwhelming
This is the weird one. Jonathan Taylor is the top rushers in the country and the Badgers have been able to move the ball on the ground against good defenses this year, but it hasn’t been enough.
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This line was supposed to be the best in Wisconsin history, easily the best in the country this year, and an overwhelming force that opposing defenses could have no answer for. Instead, in two of the three losses this year against BYU and Northwestern, the line has been putrid.
Shockingly, against Michigan, who might have the best defense in the country this year, the offensive line played well and got Taylor some quality runs early on. It just wasn’t enough to keep the team in the game, so it didn’t matter in the end.
If there’s ever one thing to never worry about with the Wisconsin football team, it’s the offensive line. It’s been one of the best units in the country since the stone age. Once we saw that that group was struggling early in the year it should’ve been a sign that things just weren’t right in Madison.
This weekend in Happy Valley they’ll have a chance to assert themselves and save the season. Penn State’s defense is atrocious and the Badgers should be able to run all over it. But I’ve reached a point where I’m done fully trusting this team do anything. It just isn’t that good this year.