Wisconsin 35 Michigan 14
The first test of Wisconsin’s season came early morning. The 11th ranked Wolverines came into Madison hoping to bounce back from a close game with Army two weeks prior. A bounce back did not take place, a steam roll came through exposing Michigan. Wisconsin, after having a bye week as well, did not miss a beat. Showing the Nation that Wisconsin is the real deal.
Senior QB Jack Coan came face to face with a defense that was supposed to be at the top of college football. With Jonathan Taylor out the second quarter due to cramps, Coan remained calm and continuously marched Wisconsin down the field. His number don’t speak volumes, but it was about commanding the offense and giving the running game the opportunity to score. With two rushing touchdowns himself, Coan showed that he has the ability to take charge and win in high pressure situations.
Running Back U
No surprise here, Jonathan Taylor has another stellar performance. Even with missing a quarter, entering the half he was over 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Taylor finished the game with 208 yards, making his Heisman statement once again. Michigan never found the answers for Taylor. Every single person in Camp Randall know that number 23 was going to get the ball, yet it didn’t stop Taylor from dominating Saturday.
Big Game Let Down
Badger Nation knew who Wisconsin was. We knew what they are capable of, yet the knowing of what Michigan would bring to the table was unknown. Once again, Michigan started the season ranked higher than most based their name alone. Yet, Head Coach Jim Harbough seemed to come into this past weekend’s game completely underprepared and a lack of identity. Most expected a close, gritty competition. What was seen though was pure dominance.
Moving On Up
Sunday’s new rankings came out, showing the Badgers climbing all the way up to number eight in the Nation. Coming from a team that most looked past, it is a proud accomplishment to have. Their hunger will increase of course. With big games against Ohio State and Iowa to come. First, they must face off against Northwestern next week. Loosing two of their starting defensive backs due to targeting calls. It will be a a challenge to over coming adversity. Wisconsin isn’t scared and they shouldn’t be. They are who teams should be scared of.