Friday, October 14, 2011

Badgers are ready for Indiana

Coming off of a much-needed bye week following an emotional win over Nebraska on Oct. 1, No. 4 Wisconsin (5-0 Big Ten, 1-0 overall) will finish off the homecoming celebrations with an 11 a.m. kickoff against Indiana. While the Hoosiers (1-5, 0-2) have struggled in head coach Kevin Wilson's first year, they have plenty to play for as they come to Madison intent on making amends for last year's 83-20 embarrassment at the hands of the Badgers.
Although the Hoosiers will no doubt come into Saturday energized, this energy may ultimately prove worthless in the face of what is clearly a significant talent disparity. In their lone win over South Carolina State, Indiana held possession for over 35 minutes, a feat that will almost certainly not repeat itself at Camp Randall. Still, the Hoosiers have been very competitive in conference games against Illinois and Penn State, with plenty of incentive to continue that trend on Saturday.
"I know that the win-loss record isn't that good, but they've been competitive," UW head coach Bret Bielema said at his Monday press conference. "If your team is improving each week, it makes a big statement to me, and they definitely dothat."
But despite the obvious advantage the Badgers have on paper, there is always the added mental challenge of staying focused on the present with two crucial road games at Michigan State and Ohio State lying just on the horizon.
Having already surmounted what many felt was their biggest challenge in the Big Ten opener against Nebraska, the Badgers have to keep themselves from becoming complacent as it would only take a few poor possessions to derail all hopes of a national title. While that fear of complacency is a valid one, this Badger team feels prepared to deal with the temptation head-on.
It is good to see the Badgers are staying focused on one game at a time.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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