Wisconsin-Iowa: Shonn Greene Runs Through the Big Red

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst IOctober 18, 2008

I think it's safe to say that the Wisconsin Badgers flat out stink. Being 0-4 in the Big Ten brings them into uncharted territory.

The Badgers threw away another game, as they fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes 38-16 in Kinnick Stadium.

Iowa's Shonn Greene absolutely stole the show, as he rushed for 217 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries.

You knew it was going to be his day after he scored his second touchdown, a 34-yard run, in the second quarter.

Greene made the Wisconsin defense look completely foolish, as he made all the right cuts and broke a couple of tackles en-route to his score.

Greene baffled the Wisconsin defense all day, and the Badgers had no answer on their side of the ball.

Wisconsin did get outscored by 22 points, but won the time of possession battle and outgained the Hawkeyes in total yards.

The difference was the three interceptions thrown by the two Wisconsin quarterbacks. Iowa protected the ball whenever they had it and committed no turnovers.

How many times must it be said; if you win the turnover battle, there is a good chance that you will win the game too. The Badgers haven't figured out how to do that on a consistent basis.

Wisconsin's Dustin Sherer and Scott Tolzien combined to go 21-for-41 for 251 yards. Completing 50 percent of your passes, while throwing three picks, is not going to get you victories in the Big Ten.

John Clay was the leading rusher for the Badgers with just 89 yards, as P.J. Hill still has not returned to his true form.

Once again, Brad Nortman had a so-so day for Wisconsin and helped the Hawkeyes receive very favorable field position every time the Badgers punted.

I find it funny that the Badgers had one of the top defenses in the nation when Bret Bielema was defensive coordinator, but now that he is head coach, the defense has been torn into shreds week after week. (Read into that what you will, but I just find that quite interesting.)

The Badgers finish up Big Ten play with Illinois at home, traveling to Michigan State and Indiana, and end it by hosting Minnesota for the battle for Paul Bunyan's axe.

Heck, even the Cal-Poly game to close out the year isn't looking like a runaway win for the Badgers anymore.

It's scary to think that Wisconsin could finish the year at 1-7 in conference, especially since they were considered a possible threat to make a serious BCS run at the beginning of the year.

The Badgers can't think about their final conference record though, what they need to do is figure out how to get a single win against a Big Ten opponent first.