Indiana Hoosiers (4-5,2-3) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (7-2,4-1)
Series History: Wisconsin leads 39-18-2. On a completely unrelated note, I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that I find it much easier to find all the Series history notes in the opponents game notes.
Last Time the Two Teams met: While not quite the cover your eyes, hide your children ugliness of the previous two games in the series, it was nevertheless undoubtedly a good ole fashioned butt whooping last year in Bloomington. The Badgers bludgeoned IU 62-14 ruining an otherwise delightful fall afternoon.
What did we learn last week: Mainly we learned what we already knew. The offense can score a boatload of points. The Defense is not very good. Hiring a successful MAC coach
does not in fact guarantee success. The bright spots for IU were mainly on the offensive side of the ball, but on the whole, I was most pleased with an improvement in the mindset of the team. They overcame the 2nd quarter doldrems, fought back from some self inflicted adversity, and in the end cruised to a 17 point victory that most reasonable fans would have expected going in. ut Also, I know IU football’s had it’s struggles, but naming Cody Lattimer a POW sounds a little harsh.
So what’s coming this week: Running backs. Lots and lots of running backs. Last year, the Badgers almost had 3 separate 100 yard rushers as Montee Ball had 198 yards, James White ran for 161, and Melvin Gordon tacked on 96 yards(on 8 carries). White and Gordon return this year along with sophomore quarterback Joel Stave who is likely to throw the ball more than the 7 attempts Curt Phillips had in last year’s tilt.
Defensively, Wisconsin is once again stout as the Badgers rank 10th in the NCAA at only 295 yards per game. This is a strength versus strength game, but will likely be decided by the fact that Wisconsin’s weaker side, is much much much better than IU’s.
So any hope for the home team: Well IU’s definitely picked up the pace on scoring lots of points. Unfortunately, the defensive charge to suck less has not really been as fruitful as we’d like. If Wisconsin scores in the 40’s, IU has a chance. Unfotunately, I doubt the Badgers stop at 49, and maybe not even 59.
Scouting Future Opponents:
The Ohio State University travels to Illinois.
Purdue heads to Happy Valley to take on Penn State.