MADISON, Wis. Expectations for Wisconsin's offensive capabilities formed well before the Badgers took the football field for their first game of the season. The majority of opinions seemed to suggest that, though Wisconsin had lost five players to the NFL, enough talent remained to avoid a considerable drop-off in scoring.
Then, the season began in disarray, and those same pundits wondered what the heck had happened. On offense, the Badgers looked more like a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association program than a Big Ten team.
Through three weeks, Wisconsin was averaging just 16.3 points per game -- a far cry from the record-breaking teams of the past two seasons. The Badgers' famous running game was practically nonexistent as the offensive line struggled to create holes, and the passing game wasn't much better.
An offense that averaged a school record 44.1 points per game the previous season under then-offensive coordinator Paul Chryst suddenly looked pedestrian one year...