Well, that wasn't what Wisconsin wanted for the Big Ten opener.
Hosting the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium, the Badgers -- more specifically, Joel Stave -- turned the ball over four times in a 10-6 loss and ruined a brilliant defensive effort by Joe Schobert and Michael Caputo in particular while losing 10-6.
Stave tossed two picks and lost two fumbles, though one of the latter is partly redshirt freshman guard Micah Kapoi's fault, as he stepped on Stave's foot during a fourth-quarter play near Iowa's goal line.
Jake will have much more from the locker room in Madison, which is undoubtedly a gloomy place right now. It's only early October, but Wisconsin has yet to turn in a solid offensive showing against true competition -- no offense, Hawaii, Troy and Miami (Ohio). Not having Corey Clement surely hurts, but between Stave's incredibly poor performance (21-of-38 for 234 yards and two touchdowns), several drops by Robert Wheelwright and UW receivers, and continual shuffling along the offensive line, Wisconsin has quite a bit of work left to do.
Defensively, the Badgers played exceptionally well against a Hawkeyes offense that had fared pretty well in non-conference play with C.J. Beathard at quarterback. Iowa gained only 221 yards (77 passing, 144 rushing) and went 5-of-15 on third downs. Schobert had eight tackles (four for loss), three sacks (five quarterback hurries), two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, and somehow those numbers don't do his performance complete justice. Joe Schobert was everywhere in this game.
Iowa, meanwhile, improves to 5-0 and is in the driver's seat of the Big Ten West.
Again, it's early, but this isn't where Wisconsin wanted to be.