Wisconsin Badger Football: Keys To Getting Past Indiana
So...the Badgers have three games left, including a game at Michigan, where they have won once in like 45 years.
On the bright side, the Badger's next game is against a rather inept Indiana Hoosiers football squad, fresh of a brutal game against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
The Hoosiers come into the game with an 0-5 record in the conference, after starting the season 4-0.
The Badgers, still recovering from their back-to-back wins over Iowa and OSU, will look to beat Indiana, and not only beat them, but run up the score.
The Badgers currently sit at No. 7 in the BCS rankings, and if they win out, they will be sitting pretty for an invite to an at large BCS game.
But first things first, here are the keys to a Badger victory against the Hoosiers this Saturday.
The Game will be played at noon Eastern time, and will be televised on ESPN2.
5. Home Sweet Home
The Badgers have yet to lose a game at home this season, and have just come off of two road games in a row.
With that in mind, and the fact that they are badly in need of style points to advance in the BCS rankings, the Badgers will make themselves comfortable inside the friendly confines of Camp Randall Stadium.
4. Continue Mistake Free Play
UW has turned the ball over just seven times this season, third-fewest in the country.
The Badgers’ top three running backs (John Clay, James White and Montee Ball) have combined for 317 touches and fumbled the ball just once.
Wisconsin's 3.38 penalties per game is second fewest in the country.
All seemingly little things, but limiting mistakes almost always leads to victories.
3. Get Healthy
There is no doubt that Badger tight end Lance Kendricks is a phenomenal talent.
However, he cannot make plays from the bench.
For the Badgers to continue to win games, they will need to get Kendricks back on the field and involved in the offense. Freshman running back James White is an important mend as well.
2. Run The Ball
Wisconsin is 13th in the country and second in the Big Ten in rushing offense, averaging 221.4 yards per game on the ground.
The Badgers ran for 184 yards against Ohio State and 142 against Iowa. Those two teams are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in the country in rush defense this season and have combined to give up an average of 168.5 yards per game on the ground.
Last year, UW combined to rush for 205 yards against those two teams.
1. Continue Solid Defensive Play
Sure, the Badgers suffered a big loss when Chris Borland went down early in the year, but the Badgers have adjusted fairly well without Borland.
Even thought they give up yards and points, the Badger defense seems to make stops when needed in order to win games.
Against Purdue, the offense, lacking the precision and firepower it had earlier in the season sputtered, but led by an interception return for touchdown by Antonio Fenelus, the Badgers defense dominated the Purdue passing game propelling the Badgers to victory.
If the Badgers are going to win Saturday, they will have to play solid defense, especially in the secondary.