Happy Monday, friends. After taking down South Florida, Wisconsin enters its first Big Ten game week of the season. The Badgers will travel to Northwestern on Saturday, where they haven't won since 1999 (they've also only played there three times since then). Northwestern's pulled to 2-2 after defeating a lethargic Penn State team on Saturday, though the Wildcats have had anything but an impressive season.
Still, all the weaknesses and issues we've found with Wisconsin will be even more significant come Big Ten play. That's the theme of our first link in this week's Badger Bits.
Konrad Zagzebski knows that something is amiss with the University of Wisconsin football team, but the senior defensive end had a hard time articulating it Saturday.
"I wish I had the right words to describe it for you," he said.
A slightly more reasoned, rational approach from Gary Andersen:
"There's definitely a lot to wonder about," coach Gary Andersen said. "I'm sure every football team in the country has that."
Here's an Opponent Watch similar to Louis Bien's for B5Q, though surely not as entertaining.
"We've got to connect on the big ball," McEvoy said. "We've got to hit some deep passes. We had some today we hit, just like third-and-5s, some 15 yarders. It was good to get those, but we've got to keep working, so a lot of room for improvement. We'll work on it."
A tale of two halves indeed. Here's a generally positive report card from Jesse Temple.
"It becomes stronger and stronger; his presence is felt on the field, his presence is felt in the locker room more every single day and every single week," Andersen said. "And you can see it on Tuesday just as well as you can see it on Saturday.
"He's a huge part of that defense, and there's some of those kids that are out there playing right now that need to continually learn how to prepare consistently, and they should follow Derek Landisch."