Wisconsin escaped with a 16-14 victory against Utah State at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday night. The Badgers fought back from a 14-3 halftime deficit to win their 17th straight home game and improve to 2-1 this season, but plenty of alarming issues emerged along the way.
Handing out grades for the Badgers' third game of the season:
Passing offense: D
Consider this grade comparable to a student who doesn't quite fail but instead does the bare minimum to skate by. That's essentially what Wisconsin's quarterbacks did Saturday night.
Danny O'Brien was so mediocre in the first half that Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema opted to bench him for redshirt freshman Joel Stave, who hadn't taken a snap in a college game. O'Brien completed 5 of 10 passes for 63 yards and no touchdowns. He had an interception nullified because of a roughing-the-passer call, and he fumbled the ball away in Utah State territory.
O'Brien wasn't absolutely awful, but Bielema clearly wanted to send a messag...