Wisconsin Football 2011: Midseason Report Card

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Wisconsin Football 2011: Midseason Report Card
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Entering this season, the Badgers acquired former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson and with that acquisition, brought many expectations onto themselves for 2011.

Win the Big Ten.

Beat Ohio State and Nebraska—the newcomer to the Big Ten.

Run the table and show what their two-dimensional offense can do against an SEC powerhouse team like LSU or Alabama in the BCS Championship game or at least get to the Rose Bowl.

Wilson was tagged as a dark-horse candidate for the Heisman and is currently leading the nation's top offense (50.1 points per game) through six games.

Meeting expectations, while growing week by week in different areas (Marcus Cromarite's emergence in the secondary, improved special teams play) this Wisconsin Badgers team has a head full of steam hitting the heavy portion of their in-conference schedule. 

To get where they want to go, a map has been placed in front of them pretty clearly: The BCS computers might not like the Big Ten (Wisconsin's strength of schedule wasn't exactly helped in their out of conference matchups) but they do like prolific offenses and defenses. The Badgers can chart their own destiny through executing on offense, being in position on defense and being crisp in coverage in special teams, a team crutch turned strength, from previous seasons.

The Badgers are like a recipe book coupled with a bag full of the necessary groceries. All the pieces are there, and they know what they need to do. It's just a matter now of adding the sauerkraut to the brats (this is Wisconsin, afterall).

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