Wisconsin Football: A “Way Too Early” look at the 2023 season

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 27: (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)
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If there was ever a scenario for a letdown game, Wisconsin’s game at Indiana would be it. That will be all you hear that week, as Wisconsin finds itself undefeated and in the top 2 or 3 for the first time since 2017.

I have the utmost confidence in Fickell and have no doubt he will have Wisconsin football primed and ready for this game. In addition, Indiana actually won the last contest between these 2 schools, back in the ultra-weird COVID season. So this game fits right in line with the “Redemption Tour” theme.

If you believe in conspiracy theories, watch the line in this game. Indiana will have at least 3 losses, probably 4. If this game is anything less than a 14-point spread, to paraphrase Shakespeare “Something is rotten in the state of Wisconsin” (How many other sports sites expose you to classical literature like that?)

Next up is the Northwestern Wildcats. Wisconsin has played Northwestern the second-most times in school history, with 101 meetings and a record of 61-36-4. The last time the Wildcats beat UW was in 2020, the game that probably ignited Paul Chryst’s hot seat. Seen now as a good event, at the time it started Wisconsin in a tailspin, losing three games and going from ranked #10 to finishing 3-3 and unranked.

Wisconsin is favored by 24 and the Badger steamroller rolls on, easily covering yet another triple touchdown plus spread.