Badger Bits: Wisconsin Plays Mediocre Team From Indiana For Trip To Indy, Pt. 2

Jerry Schultheiss-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana beat Iowa over the weekend, setting up a suddenly weighty matchup in Bloomington. Wisconsin fans have every reason to be nervous. (Also, links!)

And just like that, I'm suddenly scared of Indiana. Here are the reasons you should be too:

1) With a win over Iowa, Indiana proved they can beat non-descript, non-bad football teams, which is about as much as Wisconsin has proven up to this point.

2) They seem to be improving every week in Big Ten play. Sizable loss to Northwestern --> close loss to Michigan State --> close loss to Ohio State --> win over Illinois --> win over Iowa constitutes a progression. Unfortunately, Wisconsin looks like the next logical step.

3) Passing spread offense is the perfect poison to Wisconsin's vanilla coverages.

4) Wisconsin may not have a quarterback.

5) "The Wisconsin game is, quite simply, the biggest regular season game IU has played since 1993."

Wisconsin has plenty of reason to be optimistic, too. Ricky Wagner is expected to be back, whoever starts at quarterback will at least be expecting to see the field, Montee Ball is Montee Ball, and Indiana is a team with a losing record. Unfortunately, I still see the game being close either way.

Good to see that nervous adrenaline pumps on Monday mornings, too.

Monday's Links:

More Red and White observations on top of Phil's must-read post from yesterday.

George Marshall showed plenty of confidence following a solid performance in the Badgers' scrimmage.

Sloppy execution doomed the Badgers in the fourth quarter against Michigan State. Matt Canada says that can't happen again.

More Corey Clement excitement.

The pulse on next week's game against Indiana.

Updated bowl B1G bowl projections provided by the WWL.

Bye weeks mean fluffy pieces on athletes giving back.

Upcoming opponent check: Ohio State's win over Illinois was somehow less demoralizing than Penn State's bludgeoning of Purdue. At least the Illini executed a neat 2-point conversion.

Once again, here's your weekend in college football, as told by Twitter.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bucky's 5th Quarter

You must be a member of Bucky's 5th Quarter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucky's 5th Quarter. You should read them.

Join Bucky's 5th Quarter

You must be a member of Bucky's 5th Quarter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucky's 5th Quarter. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker