Badger Musings: Wisconsin Rolls Indiana
Wisconsin Badgers came into Bloomington, Indiana with potential down spirits. They’re undefeated, and the national media is treating them like a mid-major. Badgers said this stuff did not bother them, but you had to think the thoughts lingered in their heads at least heading into this one. Wisconsin struggled early against Indiana, but then they woke up with a fury. Badgers outscored a good Hoosiers team 45-7 in a dominating victory that should look good to the committee this week especially after the drama above them.
Jonathan Taylor bounces back – After an ankle injury kept the star freshman running back on the sidelines last week, Taylor responded with a huge day on the ground. He rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown. Taylor averaged over six years a carry and busted loose for a long of 45. Defenders had no answer for him. Taylor’s touchdown run may have been his best of the day waiting for his blockers, and the hole develop out of nowhere, it was special.
Replacing Quintez Cephus will not be easy – It’s more than likely that Wisconsin will be playing the rest of the year without their budding star receiver Quintez Cephus. It appeared that Cephus got his ankle bent back in a very awkward way causing a serious injury. Cephus was seen crying on the sidelines which leads one to believe he’s done for the year. Badgers will have to lean on guys like Danny Davis, A.J. Taylor and Kendric Pryor.
Badgers defense buckles down in the fourth – This score is a little deceiving as Wisconsin poured it on late with three fourth quarter touchdowns, but much of that goes to Wisconsin’s defense. Joe Ferguson, the former walk-on safety, intercepted two passes in consecutive Indiana drives deep in Hooser territory that led to touchdowns for Wisconsin. The defense played well after the first couple drives for the home team.
Wisconsin heads home to play Iowa in what should be a more anticipated matchup after the Hawkeyes demolished Ohio State at home. Hawkeyes bring an opportunistic defense that could be troublesome for the turnover-happy Alex Hornibrook as well as a decent offense. These two teams have played defensive struggles the last two years with the road team taking the victory, and the opponent not scoring a touchdown. I think there might be a little more scoring in this one.