Saturday's Loss Raises Serious Questions

Sam OlesonCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2009

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 26: A general view of the field taken during the game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan State Spartans on September 26, 2009 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Homecoming is always one of the great weekends during the school year if you're a student at UW-Madison.

A bunch of activities during the week (sometimes with free food), the Homecoming Parade, hockey games and, of course, the football game.

However, as great as the weekend could have been, the Badgers' performance against Iowa definitely put a damper on it.

After jumping out to a 10-0 lead midway through the second quarter, Wisconsin looked like they were going roll over the unbeaten Hawkeyes and give students one more reason to party. However, Iowa stormed back, scoring 20 unanswered points and leaving Badger fans with many questions about their team.

After starting off the year looking like he was definitely the answer at quarterback, Scott Tolzien's last two performances have many fans questioning his abilities.

Granted, it's tough playing Ohio State and Iowa's defenses in back-to-back games, but if Tolzien wants to keep his job next year, he has to show that he can play well against good defenses.

Tolzien's performance on Saturday (15-25, 143 yards, 3 INT) was probably the main reason behind Wisconsin's loss. Patience is not a virtue when it comes to Wisconsin fans and if Tolzien has another bad outing, cries for Curt Phillips will be heard throughout campus.

Another question centers around the head coach. After starting out the year 5-0, Bret Bielema's seemed to have silenced his critics. Two losses in a row seems to have ignited those critics once again.

Calls for Bielema's head have been heard so much the past two years that it's almost cliche to say it. But that doesn't stop people from doing it anyway.

The fact is, Bielema seems to make an inordinate amount of coaching errors and even if it's not a blatant mistake, his failure to adjust his team has led to multiple second half collapses.

The Iowa game was no exception. Bielema was not able to adjust his team to Iowa's defense in the second half, which led to his offense scoring no points and only gaining about 50 yards.

The general feeling around Madison is that Bielema had better have a good year in 2009 or it may be his last. He has five more games to prove himself or this could be his last Homecoming.