Wisconsin's offensive trickery in the Big Ten Championship Game has been well-documented, but equally as impressive was what the defense did to stymie Taylor Martinez and Co. Their "Indy" package--two down defensive ends split wide and a chaotic melange of linebackers and linemen in the middle--forced six sacks and two interceptions in a blowout win.
No one could accuse Wisconsin's defense of being vanilla, for one game at least. The Badgers appear ready to deploy the scheme again in the Rose Bowl. With a month to prepare, the Stanford Cardinal have likely spent at least some time thinking about how best to exploit the package, however. Stepfan Taylor could have a solid day if Wisconsin consistently puts just two players in a three-point stance on running downs.
We'll see what Wisconsin does as a counter to the inevitable counter. After the championship game, everything and anything should come as no surprise.
Five more days.
Bo Ryan isn't panicking despite a rocky start to the season.
Stanford starting defensive end Ben Gardner is from Homestead High School in Wisconsin. He still harbors resentment from being passed over for a scholarship by the Badgers.
Stepfan Taylor out dueled several top-flight running backs this season.
Tiquention Coleman remains the only de-commit from the 2013 class. Gary Andersen was able to contact recruits beginning last Sunday.