The final game of the season has come, and the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers (6-2 Big Ten, 9-2 overall) are just one win away from a Big Ten Championship appearance, sitting only two places out of the College Football Playoff. Enthusiasm shouldn’t be hard to come by for the Badgers, as Wisconsin takes on the Minnesota Gophers (5-3 Big Ten, 8-3 overall) in the annual Border Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe.
While the Badger defense dominated early in the frigid wind, holding the Purdue Boilermakers to just three points in the first quarter, the offense started up like an old jalopy on a cold winter’s morning.
The No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (3-2 Big Ten, 6-2 overall) are through the most treacherous section of their regular season, and the team fared far better than many would have expected coming into the fall. But with November here and a trip to Northwestern next on the schedule, the Badgers aren’t quite out of the autumn woods.
Coming into the season, Jack Cichy was scheduled to be just another rotation player, backing up last year’s returning starters at inside linebacker, sophomore Chris Orr and redshirt sophomore T.J.
The lights at Camp Randall will be fired back up for the second time in three weeks as the No. 7 Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-0 Big Ten, 7-0 overall) come to town to take on the No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers (2-2 Big Ten, 5-2 overall) in a matchup that could have championship implications. With the Badgers showing two marks in their loss column, they will need to win this game to keep the pressure on Nebraska, which travels to Ohio next week to take on the talented Buckeyes.
The No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers (1-0 Big Ten, 4-0 overall) continued to roll on Saturday, upsetting the No. 8 Michigan State Spartans (0-1, 2-1) in East Lansing, Mich., 30-6.
In senior tailback Corey Clement’s absence, the Badgers offense struggled against a stingy Georgia State defense, needing someone to provide the Badgers with some firepower in order to avoid disaster. That firepower came from the left hand of redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook. “I thought we just needed a little bit of a spark, and I liked how both of them had been working and preparing,” Wisconsin’s head coach Paul Chryst said.
Throughout the long, hot summer months, a quarterback battle unfolded inside the historic walls of Camp Randall Stadium.
Coming off a convincing win versus the Akron Zips, the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers (2-0) wrap up their non-conference schedule this weekend with a contest against the Georgia State Panthers (0-2). Georgia State has struggled with the start of their schedule, dropping its first matchup 31-21 to Ball State, followed by a crushing 48-14 loss to Air Force just last week.