Badger Musings: Wisconsin’s Embarrassing Home Defeat
Wisconsin dealt with pressure since the preseason polls came out before the season.The media and coaches saw Wisconsin as the fourth-best team in the country behind powerhouses like Clemson and Alabama. The expectations were sky high, and people asked the question leading up to the season… ‘Can the Badgers live up to the hype.’ The answer is no. Wisconsin fell to BYU, 24-21 and likely cost themselves a shot at the College Football Playoff barring a miracle. It’s a really disappointing loss for Wisconsin. No way around it. Wisconsin had to win this game, and they did not go for the jugular.
Wisconsin’s curious play calling with Taylor – All game long, there were questions about Wisconsin’s play calling. It seemed like Jonathan Taylor never really had a consistent vibe in this game with Taiwan Deal and Garrett Groshek both getting carries. There never was a moment in Saturday’s game where you said to yourself ‘Taylor is dominating thi football game.’ Maybe it’s due to BYU’s defense, but Taylor seemed to have his way with them at certain points on Saturday.
Run defense is a worry for the Badgers – It’s hard to remember a regular season Badgers game in the last three years where the defense actually struggled with a part of the game. That said, the run defense looked porous. Squally Canada had a huge day on the ground rushing for 116 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns. BYU’s offensive line opened up some major holes for Canada, and the defense didn’t seem to have an answer. Not a good sign for a team facing run-first Big Ten teams through the rest of the year.
This one is for the Alex Hornibrook haters – I like Alex Hornibrook. I think he’s a good football player. That said, I can see why people criticize him. This is definitely a game for his haters He struggled in this one going 18-for-28 for 190 including an interception that led to a BYU touchdown. Wisconsin doesn’t need him to be Superman, but they need a little more from him. I can’t recall one big throw he made on Saturday afternoon.
Next up: Wisconsin gets a harder challenge going to Kinnick for a night game against the Iowa Hawkeyes. This is a great Big Ten rivalry. Wisconsin blew out Iowa last year 38-14 with the Hawks only getting points on two Josh Jackson interception returns. Wisconsin will look for their seventh victory against Iowa in eight tries next week.