The Wisconsin Badgers were relatively under the radar prior to the start of the season. Most didn’t know what to expect from the team with the departure of many key offensive and defensive players from the 2018 season. However, one thing was certain: Jonathan Taylor would be a Heisman candidate. Taylor so far has 7 touchdowns and 440 yards off of 58 attempts. Jonathan Taylor’s vision and patience as a runner has brought his yards per-carry to an absurd 7.6. To start off the year, the Badgers traveled to Tampa to face the University of South Florida Bulls. Wisconsin easily handled the Bulls 49-0, with a surprisingly impressive defensive performance. The Badgers were able to continue their stellar defensive performance with another shut-out victory over the Central Michigan Chippewas 61-0. In this game, a second-dimension to Wisconsin’s game had clearly been added: the ability to pass the ball. Junior Jack Coan, who completed 26 of his 33 pass attempts for 363 yards, had a very good game. Putting together an already impressive wide receiver group, with the always-staunch offensive line, one of the best running backs in the country and a functional quarterback, Badger fans were cautiously optimistic for the rest of the season, however their biggest game of the season awaited only two weeks ahead against the Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines. This year, Harbaugh and the Wolverines were out to prove the world that they too, can win a Big Ten Championship and qualify for the College Football Playoff. Wolverine starting quarterback Shea Patterson went as far as to say that this was a game where they were looking to make a “Statement”. The Badgers were unfazed. Playing at home with a “striped-out” crowd, Jonathan Taylor and the Badgers started fast, as Taylor accumulated two touchdowns and 143 rushing yards in the first quarter. Wisconsin would not look back as they went on to defeat the Michigan Wolverines 35-14.
By Tanay Desai