Playcalling has been questionable
This is the thing that scares me the most. The Wisconsin offense has been up and down all year, seeing peaks due to the running game and valleys due to the lack of a passing game. There’s talent on this offense though. So what gives?
Paul Chryst failing to evolve this offense with the bevy of receivers at his disposal and a quarterback in his third year in the system is pretty ridiculous. Wisconsin has always been known as a run-first program but at some point, this team has to move into the current century. This year was as good as any considering the tools available. Especially with what we saw in the Orange Bowl. It almost feels like that didn’t even really happen anymore.
Any time Wisconsin passes you can bet it’ll be a quick out route. If not, then it’s a totally out of place shot across the middle or down the field in a short-yardage situation where running the ball actually isn’t a terrible option.
The bottom line is the Wisconsin offense has become too predictable. And when it isn’t predictable, I’m often left wondering why in the world a certain call was made. There’s a fine line between being unpredictable, and being wild.
I don’t even want to get started on how many times Wisconsin decides to punt in awful spots. It’s the ultimate sign of a lack of trust in an offense. An offense that is as intact as it can be from the previous season, mind you.
So I take back what I said at the top of this page. The playcalling hasn’t been questionable, it’s been bad. And it scares me because there are no signs of it improving.