While the Wisconsin offense lit up the scoreboard this weekend against Minnesota State, the defense seems to be hitting their stride after getting off to a slow start to the season. Dating back to the final game against New Hampshire, they have been lights out, allowing minimal shots on goal and have held a shutout for the past 130 minutes.
In the Wisconsin football team’s ninth game last season, it lost a heartbreaker in Columbus, Ohio. Not only did freshman quarterback Braxton Miller throw the game-winning touchdown with 40 seconds left, but the Badgers had lost on a Hail Mary just seven days earlier to Michigan State.
Wisconsin (3-2 Big Ten, 6-3 overall) lost more than just a game Saturday against Michigan State (2-3, 5-4), as redshirt freshman quarterback Joel Stave is expected to miss eight weeks with a broken clavicle.
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.