Wisconsin football got some expected and unexpected contributions on Saturday.
Going from facing Michigan away to getting Illinois at home is like going from Mount Everest to a molehill. Fresh off a crucial defeat that laid bare Wisconsin’s numerous deficiencies, the Badgers had an instant opportunity to put the bad showing aside and beat up on lowly Illinois. Thankfully, the Badgers did just that, racking up more than 300 rushing yards and 5 turnovers in snowy Camp Randall en route to a 49-20 drubbing of the Illini.
Yes, the Badgers pulled away late in the second half, but this game was closer than it seems. Two big weaknesses of this team continued in this game. The first was Hornibrook’s decision making, which continues to befuddle Badger coaches and fans alike. His two silly interceptions led to 10 Illini points and again show that the QB has room to grow in that area of the field.
The second weakness is the Badger defense’s weakness against mobile quarterbacks and the read option. Yes, the Badgers defensive unit is beaten up, but there are some real issues in defending the read option that needs to be resolved before the Badgers face Penn State and star quarterback Trace McSorley in three week’s time.
But… I digress. This post is supposed to be about the positives, the hyperbolic hype, the eternal optimists who only viewed this game through Badger-red tinted glasses.
So, every week from now until the end of the Wisconsin Football season, we’re going to assess the three best player highlights from the game that was. Some might be tongue-in-cheek, others may be more serious, but all will showcase some reason for optimism. Without further ado, here’s a look at the Week 7 Superlatives from the Badgers’ snowy victory over hapless Illinois.