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Grading Wisconsin’s disaster of a performance in Iowa City

The Badgers got blown out by the Hawkeyes and lost their third game in a row.

Wisconsin v Iowa Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images

Rubric - Wisconsin Football Unit Grades

Grade Description - accounting for degree of difficulty
Grade Description - accounting for degree of difficulty
A Excellent: Top-5 level performance
B Very good: Top-tier Big Ten performance
C Acceptable: Average for the Big Ten
D Unacceptable: Below average for the Big Ten
F Failure: Rutgers level performance
N/A Insufficient evidence for a grade

Offense: F

O-line: D-


The Badgers had 11 first downs and 225 total yards. They averaged 1.7 yards per rush and 4.4 yards per pass. They turned the ball over twice. They were 4-for-18 on third down and 1-for-4 on fourth down. THEY WON THE TIME OF POSSESSION BATTLE THOUGH!

Everything the Badgers did on offense was useless and bad outside of, maybe, three plays. Jack Dunn, JACK DUNN, was the most explosive player on offense with five catches for 55 yards. Actually, Devin Chandler looked good in limited action.

Defense: C+

Pass rush: C
Pass coverage: C-
Run defense: B-


Outside of the one long Tyler Goodson touchdown run, the first rushing touchdown that the Badgers have given up this year, the run defense was good. Wisconsin gave up too many big pass plays, which was only, like, two, because the Wisconsin offense is so inept that the defense has no room for error.

Isaiahh Loudermilk had a sack, which was nice, and the pass rush forced some bad throws from Spencer Petras but it wasn’t enough. Again, the Badgers defense basically needed to be perfect for them to have a chance in this game and that is unreasonable.

Special Teams: C+

Kicking: D
Punting: B-
Returning: N/A
Coverage: N/A


Collin Larsh was well short on his only field goal attempt, Andy Vujnovich was mostly great while punting the ball and long snapper Adam Bay recovered a fumble after Travian Blaylock helped to force it on a punt return. The return and coverage game were a “nothing” to me, so I won’t talk about them further.

Coaching: N/A

Strategy: N/A
Adjustments: N/A
Play-calling: D


I don’t know, man. Nothing seemed to work. Was it the lack of personnel? Was it just terrible play calling? Was it poor execution? It has got to be hard to try and get a team ready for a game when you don’t even know which players are going to be available. Regardless, the Badgers looked bad but it probably wasn’t entirely on the coaching staff. I do think Joe Rudolph should not be calling plays in the future, though.

I’m so glad the UW Athletic Department doesn’t like us and we aren’t allowed to attend these pointless Zoom meetings where Paul Chryst doesn’t say anything.

Overall grade: F- - - -

Unit Grades: who cares?
Big plays: F
Game Control: whatever
Penalties & Discipline: C+


Whatever, this isn’t a real season anyway. The Badgers did have fewer penalties and penalty yards than Iowa, so we got that going for us...which is nice.