EVANSTON, Ill.—Wisconsin began its Big Ten schedule with a humiliating road loss to Northwestern Saturday in a game that should have served as a springboard into the rest of conference play.
After suffering an 0-2 start to its 2014 campaign, Northwestern will attempt to lead a resurgence after consecutive wins in its last two games.
Here’s a quick explanation of our voting methodology: We had 10 voters on our staff rank the conference 1-14 and awarded points in an inverted structure (first place gets 14 points, etc.) Without further adieu, here’s how that shook out.
No. 15 LSU at No. 5 Auburn
With the end of September at our doorstep, midterm season is starting up (boo) as well as Big Ten conference play (yay?). Here are five things we learned about our begrudgingly beloved conference in this tumultuous month.
No. 19 Wisconsin topped South Florida in its final non-conference matchup Saturday at Camp Randall, but the victory did little to provide momentum heading into Big Ten play next week.
No. 11 UCLA at No. 15 Arizona State
Call it a bounce-back week for the Big Ten, but then again every team showing up to the actual game could be considered a bounce-back after what happened the week before. Now let’s congratulate Indiana on an SEC win and point and laugh at Michigan.
Early in the first quarter of Wisconsin’s Sept. 20 bashing of Bowling Green, redshirt junior Melvin Gordon received a handoff and was hit at the line of scrimmage by the Falcons’ Kendall Montgomery, who jarred the ball loose. Teammate Nate Locke pounced on the fumble at the Badgers’ 35-yard line, and one play later, Bowling Green tied the game at seven.
Fresh off a dominating display against Bowling Green, No. 19 Wisconsin faces its final nonconference test this Saturday when the Badgers take on South Florida at Camp Randall.
Wisconsin’s defense has provided plenty of reasons to be optimistic given the progress it has made through the first three games of its young 2014 campaign.
Rule number one of college football, no one is safe. In this game, teams can’t afford to take days off, and this week is no different. The nonconference schedule is drawing to a close. Will the Big Ten salvage its reputation? Will the SEC continue its streak of cruel and unusual punishment? Read on to find out. To the football!