Low-scoring football games are often referred to either as defensive slugfests or just plain ugly. Most of the time, the beauty—or lack thereof—is in the eye of the beholder.
Wisconsin’s (3-2 Big Ten, 6-3 overall) defense was playing at its best level all season until the last drive of regulation for Michigan State (1-3, 5-4), which ultimately snapped the Badgers’ 21-game home winning streak.
In 2010, Wisconsin (3-1 Big Ten, 6-2 overall) lost to Michigan State (1-3, 4-4) 34-24 away from home in an otherwise regular road game. Last year however, the Badgers were forced to play in East Lansing again, thanks to the scheduling adjustments made after Nebraska was added to the conference.
Once every year, two newspapers battle on a field of mud, sweat and more than occasionally blood and (Herald) tears. Such will be the case when The Daily Cardinal faces off Friday against its long-time rival, The Badger Herald, in their annual flag football game.
As different variations of the spread offense stretch to all corners of the college football landscape, the Wisconsin offense has the luxury of tuning out all the change.
No matter what sport they play, it is important for players on a team to have trust in one another. It is especially the case in football, in which all 11 players must be on the same page at the same time to be successful.
The Wisconsin Badgers (3-1 Big Ten, 6-2 overall) run game catapulted the team to victory yet again, but this time the team has Paul Bunyan’s Axe to show for it for the ninth straight season.
When Bill Snyder ran the “Wildcat” offense at Kansas State in the late 1990s, the name made sense. After all, they are the Wildcats.
The Badgers have all but booked their trip to Indianapolis with a dominating 38-14 road win at Purdue Saturday. Of the eligible teams in the Leaders Division, Wisconsin controls a two-game lead in the standings and is the only team to win a conference game so far this season.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.—Merely three weeks ago, Wisconsin (2-1 Big Ten, 5-2 overall) senior running back Montee Ball’s chances at breaking the NCAA touchdown record seemed questionable, the team’s chance at returning to Indianapolis seemed equally bleak and its offensive identity was essentially non-existent.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.—Considering the way the Badgers have run the ball this season, their opening drive Saturday was noteworthy. Wisconsin (2-1 Big Ten, 4-2 overall) matched an early Purdue touchdown by marching 75 yards in five plays, including two rushes for 21 yards and three effective play-action-passes. Absent from the whole drive: senior running back Montee Ball.
Wisconsin (1-1 Big Ten, 4-2 overall) will need to add onto its most complete performance last weekend against Illinois if it wants to defeat Purdue (0-1 Big Ten, 3-2 overall) and remain the favorite to represent the Leaders Division in the Big Ten Championship game Dec. 1.
It’s never easy standing out on a defense that includes redshirt junior linebacker Chris Borland and redshirt senior linebacker Mike Taylor. It’s even harder when that same defense involves a smothering front four that has held opposing rushers to just 3.5 yards per carry.