The conversation revolving around today’s Indiana Hoosiers at Wisconsin Badgers‘ game revolved around the Badgers’ running game and whether or not the Wisconsin defense could limit the Hoosier offense. Not only did Wisconsin’s running game deliver, but the Badger defense was nothing short of outstanding.
Wisconsin’s defense held the eighth-best offense in all of FBS to three points. Indiana came into today’s game averaging 40 points. The Hoosiers managed all of 224 yards of total offense, less than half of their average coming into today’s game. Most telling of the Badgers’ dominance was Indiana’s inability to convert third downs. The combination of Wisconsin forcing punts and its unstoppable rushing attack led to a 15-minute time of possession advantage for the Badgers.
When the final tick went off the clock, Wisconsin had rush for 554 yards on 50 carries, averaging 11.1 yards per rushing attempt. The combination of Corey Clement, James White, Jared Abbrederis and Melvin Gordon produced six rushing touchdowns for the Badgers. There wasn’t much more Wisconsin could do in this game to put on a better show for the voters.
A road game at Minnesota and a home date against Penn State are now the only two things that lie in between the Badgers and a ten-win season. Wisconsin boasts one of the best running games in the nation and a top ten defense. What may hurt them most, outside of that bizarre loss at Arizona State, is the strength of their schedule. Ohio State is the only team the Badgers have played that is currently ranked, and that was their other loss.
Wisconsin did its part to create a case for being considered as one of the best teams in the country today. If you forget about all the perceptions of the Big Ten, it’s hard to watch this team play and argue that they don’t blow you away.