Wisconsin Badgers Playing With Renewed Optimism

By Tony Piraro

With No. 12 Penn State’s 17-14 loss early Saturday afternoon to No. 19 Nebraska, the No. 18 Badgers now control their own destiny. If Wisconsin wins their final three games of the regular season, including today, they will be the 2011 Leaders Division Champion for the B1G 10 Conference. PSU needed to go unbeaten in conference play the rest of the way to hold off the Badgers.

After one half of football in Minnesota, the Badgers lead 28-6 over the Golden Gophers. The lone scoring play of the game for Minnesota was on a fake field that went for a touchdown by kicker Jordan Wettstein.

Russell Wilson has been on the mark, playing with renewed vigor Saturday. The Heisman hopeful was 13-for-13 in the first half of play with three touchdown passes. Two of the three scores went to his lead target, wide receiver Nick Toon. Montae Ball also caught one of Wilson’s TD passes for the running back’s first of two scores in the half.

Truly, the Badgers have two Heisman candidates with the emergence of Montae Ball over the last month. The Badgers back has 24 total touchdowns this season, including one passing TD to his quarterback, Wilson. The scary part is the Badgers still have a lot of football left to play. These two studs have the opportunity to stack their stats in the next few weeks. However, that is not the top priority of either player. Both Wilson and Ball have just one concern on the mind….winning. The good times look to continue in Wisconsin if the Badgers can hold off Jerry Kill and his Golden Gophers in the second half.

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