Jaime Valdez-US PRESSWIRE
I honestly didn't think I would see Wisconsin this low on any list this year. I thought they might have a bit of a drop after losing Russell Wilson, but this is just unprecedented.
The Badgers have won back-to-back Big Ten Championships, and they look like they could very well miss a bowl game this year. Heck, they didn't even have any points until there was almost a minute left in the game in their 10-7 loss at Oregon State.
Wisconsin is No. 105 in the nation in total offense. While that's not the lowest in the Big Ten, it's not where you expect the guys in Madison to be. The are last in the conference, though, in rushing. For a team with a Heisman Trophy finalist returning at running back, averaging only 101 yards on the ground is pitiful.
Through two games, their rush defense has been exemplary. They limited Oregon State to 78 rushing yards. That's not bad. They are also No. 41 in the country in total defense. If their offense could ever catch up to their defense, they wouldn't be half bad.
This team seems to have no identity. They were nearly upset by an FCS team. They were handled on the road at Oregon State. They now welcome Utah State, who upset Utah, and UTEP, who nearly upset Oklahoma, in two straight weeks before heading to Nebraska to open Big Ten play. There isn't anything saying they won't be 2-2 when they head to Lincoln.
Stat of the Game: 35. That's the amount of rushing yards Wisconsin had Saturday. Ouch.
Player of the Game: This one is tough because they just played so poorly all around. I'll give it to the defense, though. This game could have easily gotten away from the Badgers, and the defense kept it close.
Up Next: vs Utah State (2-0)