After a surprise loss to the unranked Fighting Illini of Illinois, the Wisconsin Badgers looked to rebound against arguably the best team in the country, the Ohio State Buckeyes. Badgers’ star running back and projected first-round pick, Jonathan Taylor, struggled for the second game in a row, with only 52 rushing yards on 20 carries. Quarterback Jack Coan didn’t provide much help either, throwing for only 107 yards against the always tough Buckeye secondary. The Buckeyes’ always potent offense was led by Ohio State Running Back, J.K. Dobbins, rushed for 163 yards on 20 carries en route to a 38-7 Ohio State victory on a rainy day in Columbus. After two straight losses, the Badgers had a bye week to gather themselves and prepare for the last leg of the season, featuring three trophy matchups. The first of the three trophy games the Badgers would play in was against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Ranked 19th, the Hawkeyes also came into the game with two losses, to Penn State and Michigan. This would be the first time that Badgers would get to play a game under the bright lights of Camp Randall. Wisconsin took a commanding 21-6 lead to start the fourth quarter, but the Hawkeyes came back to make it a two-point game, 24-22, with two and a half minutes. With the ball back on the hands of the Wisconsin offense, they would not look back and run out the clock to seal the 24-22 win to keep Heartland Trophy. Jonathan Taylor finished with 250 yards in an effort to try and get his name back into the Heisman Race. Next, the Badgers took on the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the 374th sellout game in a row at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Despite a few long drives by Nebraska, the Badgers and Jonathan Taylor, who rushed for 200 yards again, controlled the game and kept the Freedom Trophy in Madison, in what has been a one-sided rivalry ever since Nebraska has joined the Big 10. Wisconsin looks to try and make another trip to Indianapolis for the Big 10 championship with their final two games of the season.
By Tanay Desai