Posts tagged ‘Wisconsin Badgers’

November 2, 2011

A Letter to Coach Bielema.

Written Ramblings by DJ

Despite tough losses, Wisconsin still has a path towards Pasadena.

Dear Coach Bielema,

It all happened so fast. Just about a month ago, you were riding high in Madison after thumping the Huskers. There was no stopping the Bucky train after that historic night. Everybody knew Camp Randall is one of the toughest joints to play during the night but nobody expected your squad to hammer another team ranked in the top ten in that fashion. You made it clear during your next game against Indiana that you weren’t afraid to run up the score to help your case in the polls. Actually, you’ve made that clear in the past against other teams too … Tim Brewster, the former head coach of Minnesota is still pissed at you for that two point conversion you pulled off despite the 25 point lead. You did everything you were supposed to during the first five weeks to prove that the Badgers were a contender. The media bought in as they hyped up the Badgers and essentially crowned them as the favorite to win the Big Ten.

But you have been in Wisconsin for a while now to understand the fickle nature of the media. You knew the media hypes up teams a little too much and they do it quickly. They get too excited about hottest team now. Heck, you and your buddy Bo Ryan ALWAYS get the short end of the stick in terms of the media hype. There is really nobody specific to blame for what happened over the last ten days. The hype was too much but you had every reason to believe that you were going to run the table. Everything after the first five weeks of play suggested that there was no challenge after the Nebraska game. But at the same time, somewhere deep inside you knew that anything can happen in this conference. You know the unpredictable nature of the Big Ten better than anybody else …

1. You probably didn’t even realize that Russell Wilson was this good. He was the biggest free agent acquisition of the off-season in all of college football and I am sure you played a significant part in the recruiting pitch. But when we saw him carve up the Nebraska secondary with ease; everybody agreed that he was the real deal. After all this is the same Husker secondary that puzzled Kirk Cousins’ offense last Saturday with their zone defense. Because of Wilson’s uncanny ability to throw 40 yard passes on the run, it possibly covered up the holes in the defense … just a little bit. But there was reason to believe that this Wisconsin team was different than the past years because of the quarterback play.

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October 6, 2011

It’s ok Missouri, somebody will pick you up.

Written Ramblings by DJ, JS and BB

Russell Wilson = For real ..

How were those $200 tickets Husker fans?  Apparently one Husker fan bought Wisconsin season tickets just so he can go to the game last weekend.  He can probably make a profit by selling the rest of them compared to the other fans.  The Big Ten games with College Gameday around haven’t been that good lately.  Last year’s Gameday showcase between Illinois and Northwestern wasn’t close either.  Both teams had to go only one direction on the field.  The fan turnout was weak b/c Gameday didn’t realize that there is really not much of a strong Illini presence in Chicago.  Then there was the main biggest issue of the day – Erin Andrews wasn’t out on Clark/Addison b/c she was covering the field inside the ballpark.  Nonetheless, these games don’t bode well for the Big Ten on the national stage.

One week down in the Big Ten, eight more to go.  Let’s break the games down with our roundtable of writers.  To paraphrase Bret Bielema, “On, Big Ten…”

Iowa @ Penn State (3:30 EST, ABC/ESPN)

DJ:  Why are Penn State linebackers talking smack about Iowa by calling them a “wrestling school” and not a “football school??” Maybe they should figure out if they have a quarterback and an offensive line first before mouthing off.  Iowa has owned Penn State in the recent years and that won’t change this weekend.  Iowa wins 21-17 and enters the Top 25.

BB:  PSU hasn’t looked good yet this year and Iowa seems to have their number the last few seasons.  Poor JoePa.

JS:  Every time I see this game I am reminded about the 6-4 game that they played. That’s not a typo – the final score was 6 to 4 – Iowa won. The only reason why Penn State scored four points was because Iowa purposely sent the ball sailing through the end zone on a punt so that it would give PSU a longer field to try and score on. THAT”S how inept PSU’s offense was that year. This year? Can’t say it will be too different. As the saying goes, if you have two quarterback, then you have none. Personally, I think they should just start Matt McGloin, a ginger haired walk on. That’s pretty much all you need to know about him. He is the classic overachiever. The other quarterback is Rob Bolden – talented dual threat quarterback but someone who doesn’t seem to have the confidence of the team to perform well. How do I know that? They keep pulling him for McGloin. PSU has one of the best defensive linemen in the league in Devon Still, but he needs help. They lost Mike Mauti, a middle line backer, to a torn ACL and their secondary isn’t great.  Iowa, on the other hand, seems like their defense is poorer than it has been in years. Case in point – a 44-41 triple overtime loss to Iowa State for the greatest trophy ever made – The CyHawk Trophy. Iowa does, however, have a great passing game. Their quarterback, Vandenberg, has some Stanzi in him and has a good enough arm to make all the throws, which is more than enough to beat Penn State.  On a side note – how come Michigan can’t play Penn State when they are atrocious?

Iowa – 28; Penn State -20

Illinois @ Indiana (2:30 EST, BTN)

DJ:  Since when does the Big Ten schedule games at 2:30 EST??  ACC tries to “buy” a few minutes of extra ratings by starting games around 12:30 or 4:30 EST … that’s why the Clemson – Va Tech game started at a random time last week.  Please stick to the regular times of 12, 3:30 and 8 EST,  thanks.  Oh, and about the game?  I was surprised that The Zooker didn’t pull Scheelhase midway through the 3rd quarter last weekend which would have led to a Wildcat blowout.  Jason Ford should have been walking around the campus with the ball this past week after almost blowing the game with his fumble.  Illinois is good but I am not sure if they are top 20 material.  First road game of the year for them.   Indiana played Penn State pretty tough.  Expect Indiana to cover but an Illinois win.  Illinois wins 28-24.

BB:  Despite a close game against a seemingly terrible PSU team, Indiana just doesn’t have the talent.  Illini go to 6-0.

JS:  This should be a cake walk for the Illini but remember – they are coached by Ron Zook. Still, their defense seems pretty legit and Indiana is still Indiana, although they are improving bit by bit with new head coach Kevin Wilson. Also, Illinois is coming back down to earth after a thrilling game where they beat Northwestern in the final 30 seconds – eerily similar to how Michigan beat Notre Dame – three lead changing touchdowns in the last two minutes. Very exciting stuff. Scheelhaase is one of the better quarterbacks in the B1G and he’s got a decent running back behind him and a good wide receiver. Indiana needs to play well not just because that’s what they are expected to do, but they need to keep Gunner Kiel, the nation’s number one pro style quarterback recruit this year, committed to them. It helps that his brother is getting increasing amounts of playing time, but the lack of noticeable improvement has got to be concerning to him and all Hoosier fans.  

Illinois – 35; Indiana 17

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