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Melvin Gordon runs against Northwestern in last weekend’s game. (AP Photo)
It has been nearly three years since the Wisconsin football team won a road game against a ranked opponent.
On Oct. 23, 2010, Wisconsin defeated Iowa, 31-30, in Iowa City. However, it’s worth noting that the Badgers were ranked No. 10 at the time, and the Hawkeyes were ranked No. 13.
If you really want to get nostalgic, the last time Wisconsin went on the road and defeated a team that was ranked higher than it was, was Oct. 15, 2005, a 38-34 victory over Minnesota. Yes, the Gophers have appeared in the AP poll in the last century. That was a game best known for a blocked punt returned for a touchdown in the final minute, and to date the most recent Paul Bunyan’s Axe matchup that didn’t turn into a lopsided blowout.
After a 35-6 drubbing of No. 19 Northwestern last Saturday, fans should be asking why Wisconsin can’t perform like that on the road against ranked opponents. It’s just another example of little mistakes that have plagued the team in recent years.
While UW has gone into neutral site environments and pulled off upsets, most notably the manhandling of No. 14 Nebraska in last year’s Big Ten championship game, recent history shows that a true road contest against the nation’s elite will almost certainly end in a loss.
Since the 2010 season, Wisconsin is 1-4 against ranked opponents on the road. Meanwhile, the Badgers are 4-0 against ranked opponents at Camp Randall.
Such disparity needs to be shored up. While the impeccable home record is obviously something to strive for, the road record is pitiful for a team trying to join the elite.
The Badgers probably won’t face another ranked opponent at all this year until the bowl game. Their remaining schedule is weak and full of games that they should win easily.
Wisconsin should finish 10-2, which would put them in the running for an at-large BCS bid. While that game on the national stage wouldn’t be a true road contest, it would be an opportunity for the Badgers to get a signature win away from Madison.
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No. 25 Wisconsin is on the road and going against an Illinois team that has a good quarterback.
Yet, the Badgers are favored by as many as 14 12 points. Finding someone to pick the Illini to win was nearly impossible (even from Illinois fans - look at the comments from the Champaign article).
Of course, Wisconsin is 0-2 in night games this season and have struggled defensively against...
Melvin Gordon rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 25 Wisconsin to a 56-32 rout of Illinois on Saturday.
Gordon topped 1,000 yards for the season on a 13-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that put the Badgers (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) up 42-17. He finished the chilly, 40-degree night with 1,012 yards for the season.
Gordon's touchdown capped the second of two...
Last week the Badger faithful saw Kyle French miss a 38-yard field goal attempt against Northwestern. It led to Jack Russell taking the rest of the kicks for the game and a new plan to have Russell be the kicker of choice this week at Illinois.
However, it appears that French's time with the program is coming to an end at the end of this season, at least according to his...
MADISON, Wis. -- Kyle French lost more than his starting kicking job when he missed a 38-yard field goal wide left against Northwestern last week. Apparently, he also will lose his scholarship.
French, a redshirt junior from Menomonee Falls, Wis., posted on his Facebook page Thursday night that he would not be back with the team for his senior season.
"I want to personally...
MADISON, Wis. -- And so Wisconsin's kicking situation has come to this: A linebacker, who has never attempted a field goal in his entire college career, is now the Badgers' long-range kicker should the scenario arise in an actual game.
Yes, there is very little Wisconsin senior Chris Borland can't do, it seems. But how well does he kick field goals? We may soon find...
MADISON, Wis. -- Deep in the recesses of Ohio Stadium, Gary Andersen somberly addressed the possibility that Wisconsin's Big Ten championship hopes had been crushed for good. It was only late September, yet he acknowledged Ohio State's 31-24 victory against Wisconsin meant the Badgers no longer controlled their path to a fourth straight conference title.
Despite his misery...
Well, this is something you don’t see every day. Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen has confirmed that starting linebacker Chris Borland will kick all field goals longer than 45 yards in Saturday’s game against Illinois. Really.
#Badgers Gary Andersen says LB Chris Borland will handle FGs of 45+ against Illinois. Jack Russell will handle inside of that.
— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin...
The learning curve is getting easier at Wisconsin.
The 25th-ranked Badgers feel they're hitting their stride after a dominant win, and they'll look to stay focused for a potentially tricky trip to Champaign on Saturday night to face Illinois.
Coach Gary Andersen switched to a 3-4 scheme and installed new packages in his first year in Madison. It's been a learning process...
When a starting linebacker is also named the field goal specialist for kicks longer than 45 yards, you just know there are going to be some jokes in response. Last night, Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen announced that the Badgers will be using linebacker Chris Borland on long field goal tries – a move that, needless to say, is interesting. The team is moving away from using Kyle...
Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown says No. 25 Wisconsin's offense has it all.
Big offensive line, a pair of big-game backs and a passing game that can make a defense loosened up by the run game pay.
''As a linebacker, you dream of playing games like this in the Big Ten,'' said Brown, who grew up in SEC country in Memphis. ''They might be one of the...
The No. 25 ranked Wisconsin Badgers will travel to play against the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday.
At 4-2 Wisconsin has shown both the good and bad this season they hope for more of the former as they play against a 3-2 Illinois team this weekend.
Coverage of the game between Wisconsin and Illinois will air on the Big Ten Network beginning at 8:00 pm ET from Memorial Stadium...
He's been broken and rebuilt many times in his five years with the program, but senior linebacker Ethan Armstrong is a big reason why Wisconsin's defense is one of the best in the country.
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