After a dominating victory against Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines, the Wisconsin Badgers moved up to number 8 in the AP Poll. Wisconsin took on Northwestern, a school better known for their academics rather than their football, in week 4. The Badgers offense struggled during the game, as they only were able to put up 10 points. Thankfully, Wisconsin’s stellar defense continued to show the college football world why they are the best in the country with two defensive touchdowns that gave the Badgers a 24-15 win in a gritty, old-fashioned Big 10 battle. The following week, Wisconsin welcomed Kent State to town. The Badgers came into the game as a 35-point favorite, and during the game they showed why. Heisman Trophy candidate, Jonathan Taylor rushed for 186 yards and 4 touchdowns on only 19 carries. Taylor showed his versatility as a running back by adding a receiving touchdown. The Badgers’ next game came against Michigan State. Wisconsin and Michigan State have had tightly contested matchups in the past, adding to the intrigue in this matchup. This matchup, however, would not be tightly contested. Although the Michigan State defense shut down Jonathan Taylor as they allowed him to only run a total of 80 yards, they were not able to shut down Jack Coan and Badgers’ aerial attack. Week 7 of the College Football Season would be the first week which Wisconsin would have to play a game outside of Camp Randall, as they flew down to play Illinois. The Fighting Illini played the Badgers tough the entire game. Holding Jonathan Taylor to only 4.7 yards per carry, Illinois had found an answer to stopping Taylor. Wisconsin Quarterback Jack Coan was stellar, especially on third down. However, on third and five with 2 minutes left in the game, Coan threw an interception at midfield. Illinois was able to get all the way down to the 22 to set up a 39-yard field goal for Kicker James McCourt. The kick went right through the center of the field goal, and Illinois pulled off the upset of the year while the hearts of Badger fans across the nation shattered.
By Tanay Desai