The Wisconsin Football season has taken a turn in the wrong direction.
With only a few weeks left in the season, it’s time for the Wisconsin football team to turn towards more achievable goals. Getting to Indianapolis isn’t realistic anymore. It’s possible, but expecting to get there is foolish. Wisconsin isn’t that good right now.
The season isn’t over and there are still many things to play for. Wisconsin isn’t a program that rolls over when the going gets tough and I don’t expect that to happen this year. It’s unfortunate they aren’t playing well enough to overcome these bad times, but everybody is due for a down year eventually, right?
The offseason was full of lofty expectations for this Wisconsin football team. A Big Ten Championship appearance was the absolute minimum. Who in the West could possibly challenge the Badgers? Sights were set on much bigger goals, like winning the national championship.
The offensive line was full of All-Conference and All-American talent, Jonathan Taylor could be a 2,000-yard back, Alex Hornibrook was going to be able to do just enough, and the defense was always going to be good. That’s just how it is at Wisconsin.
Things didn’t go nearly as planned. Instead of splitting Michigan and Penn State as a worst case scenario to finish the regular season with only one loss, the Badgers could be looking at as many as five regular-season losses.
In order to count the season as somewhat of a success, there have to be new goals that can be achieved. Here are some I came up with that, if done, the season from this point forward won’t be seen as a total failure.