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Heading into a big week for both the football and men’s basketball teams, Badger fans are feeling good. We’ve got football back this weekend after another canceled game, and the Badgers men’s hoops squad squares off with Marquette on Friday evening in a huge in-state rivalry game.
After another canceled game, the football team faces a big challenge this weekend against Indiana. According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, Wisconsin fans are starting to feel better about the team again. 73 percent of fans said they are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s up from 65 percent following the Northwestern loss.
Things are looking even better on the basketball court. The Badgers have extremely high hopes this season and have raced out to a 3-0 start. This week Wisconsin will face their biggest tests so far against the Golden Eagles and then Louisville in the next seven days... for now. Reports are coming out that Louisville is dealing with COVID issues and canceled their upcoming game against UNC-Greensboro, so that game may not end up happening. Hopefully the Big Ten and ACC can come together to figure out an alternative plan if it doesn't.
Badgers fans have complete confidence in the team right now. For the second week in a row, a full 100 percent of fans said they are headed in the right direction. Seems fair given they’ve blown out each of their three opponents thus far.
Around the country, college fans saw a wide spread of events between the two big sports. On the basketball court, two of the nation’s top teams were upset by relative unknowns. 43 percent of fans said they thought Virginia’s loss to San Francisco has been the biggest surprise so far this year. That was followed by 33 percent that said it was Kentucky’s loss to Richmond.
On the brighter side of things, a plurality of fans said Sarah Fuller kicking for Vanderbilt was the best moment on the football field last week. Fuller became the first woman to play for a Power Five football team. She will again be the team’s kicker this weekend.
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