Badgers Could Be In For a Special Football Season
The worst phrase in sports is ‘Well if they have a season.’ I hate this more than ‘Stick to Sports’ commentary or anything else in the game right now. We all know the season hangs in the balance. We all know college players are pissed off about how the system is taking advantage of them. But to just ignore schedules and takes because of these reasons is fucking stupid. Like JP in Angels in the Outfield said, ‘There’s a chance.’ Let’s dig into the Badgers all Big-10 schedule and why they have a chance to be one of the best in the Big Ten yet again.
Wisconsin stays with their matchup with Indiana to begin the year. Michael Penix Jr is somehow still in school, but the Hoosiers are a beatable foe. Badgers head to Ryan Field to play Northwestern in Week 2. It will not feel right playing in Evanston and the weather not be cloudy, wet, cold, and rainy. Wildcats should be improved from last year. The road trips continue for Wisconsin as they face Nebraska. Year two for Scott Frost is typically a good one. Adrian Martinez is somehow still in school. Wisconsin-Minnesota plays early, and that might be work in Wisconsin’s favor as the Gophers are still trying to figure their defense.
The second month begins in Maryland which should not be an issue for Wisconsin. Maryland has a lot of young talent that isn’t ready to rock just yet. Purdue gets flipped to a home game, and Wisconsin should feel fortunate by that one. Purdue could be alright this year, but the defense is shoddy at best. After a week off, they return home to play Illinois in a game that is all about revenge. October wraps up with a Halloween affair at Michigan. It’s worth noting that Ohio State and Michigan is the week before that so the letdown is definitely there.
The season wraps up with a difficult road trip to Iowa. A lot of controversy surrounding this team over the summer. Iowa is always tough at home. That will be a big one for Wisconsin. They wrap up with a home game against Rutgers. That is a schedule add for the Badgers, and the Scarlet Knights are not a team to be concerned about.
Wisconsin avoids Ohio State and Penn State. That’s massive. They have several offensive players back on the roster, and the defense that was young last year grows up a little bit too. Badgers have a chance to compete for a National Championship. They’ll likely see the Buckeyes in Indianapolis as they have before, but until then, it would not surprise me if Wisconsin wins eight or nine games.