Found November 01, 2011 on
The Wisconsin Badgers knew the toughest part of their schedule would be consecutive road games against two of the most consistently dominant teams in the Big Ten, but they probably didn’t expect those two games to turn out the way they did. Now, after two late, soul-crushing losses, the Badgers are on the outside of the Big Ten title race, needing help from other teams to have a shot at a top-notch January bowl game.
So let’s take a look at what went wrong in those two games, and see what the Badgers need to fix if they are going to win their remaining games and have a chance to recapture a once-promising season. It’s difficult to do because they really weren’t bad in either game, and just let a few freak plays or bad mistakes get the best of them, but that’s the way football works sometimes and Wisconsin came out on the short-end this time around.
– Secondary issues are Primary: Perhaps the easiest sore spot to point to in the last two games is the secondary. It gave up 379 yards a...
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The Wisconsin Badgers (6-2, 2-2) will be back at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday to take on the Purdue Boilermakers (4-4, 2-2). The teams are tied (along with Ohio State) for second place in the Leaders division behind Penn State (5-0 in conference), but the Badgers have dominated the matchup lately, with their last loss to Purdue coming in 2003. Both are coming off road losses and...
MADISON, Wis. If the game of football were played in the 20-yard space that comprises the edges of the red zone and the end zone, then this year's Wisconsin team would be staring a national championship berth square in the face.
No team in the country, in fact, has performed better at converting red zone appearances into touchdowns than the Badgers. They have made 40 trips...
MADISON, Wis. Chris Borland is scanning his memory bank, trying to recall the last time he's been a part of a three-game losing streak as a football player.
Borland, Wisconsin's middle linebacker, pauses a beat before settling on an answer.
"I've never lost three games in a row," Borland said. "I lost three games in all of high school."
The sense of shock has faded for Wisconsin, and now the Badgers are trying to forget about what they let slip away: A legitimate shot at the national championship that vanished after a pair of gut-wrenching late collapses at Michigan State and Ohio State.
They still hope to save their season with a trip to the Rose Bowl, although the path isn't nearly as clear as it was two...
Wisconsin looked like a lock for a BCS bowl game just two weeks ago, but a pair of last-second road losses have dramatically changed its fate.
Given the 19th-ranked Badgers' recent success against Purdue, they have to like their chances of getting back on track Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
After jumping out to a 6-0 start while averaging 50.2 points, Wisconsin (6-2, 2...