Wisconsin Football: I'm Overlooking Wofford Because the Badgers Aren't

Duff BeachContributor ISeptember 16, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Bret Bielema (L) and Aubrey Pleasant #8 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate during the game against the Michigan Wolverines on September 27, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

That's just how it is.  I'm overlooking Wofford.  I have the Sept. 26 date with Sparty circled. 

This weekend?  Meh.

You can't overlook anyone, right?  I can, and I will. 

Though I hope the Badgers don't.

And that's the thing.  They won't.

I'm fairly confident the Badgers have a one-point escape over Cal Poly in seared in their collective memory.  And thus, the Wofford triple option will die a quick death at Camp Randall.

How did I get there?

The triple option works for teams like the academies and FCS squads because so few teams employ it.  So you have one week a year to prepare for this crazy offense that just doesn't look like anything anyone else on your schedule is doing it.

But that's not all.  The other thing that inevitably happens (and this should sound familiar) is that the BCS squad underestimates its competition.  Those little Cadets/Middies or Mustangs, as the case may be (or Terriers, sure, Terriers, too), the BCS squad just knows they will physically dominate them. 

(This is also what makes Paul Johnson's Georgia Tech such an interesting experiment; they don't have any dropoff in talent and size.)

Then they don't.  Those scrappy, undersized teams come out, survive the punch in the mouth, and start scoring points.  About the second quarter the BCS guys looks up at the scoreboard, see they are really losing this game, and start taking their week-long coaching and preparation seriously.

Normally, the BCS squads come back and win.  But sometimes they need the opposing kicker to miss three extra points to get there.

And that's where this year is different.  The Badgers won't spend any time overlooking the Terriers.  They don't want a repeat of Cal Poly and should come out in the first quarter to prove it.

Oh, and the Terriers' best back is out with an injury.

So anyway, I'll watch the game, but I'm overlooking it because I know my favorite squad isn't. 

Go Badgers.