Going into this week, I was skeptical about whether Wisconsin was a legitimate national championship game contender after pounding the cupcakes they played in the non-conference portion of the schedule. But after this 48-17 victory over No. 8 Nebraska, I am a believer. I believe this team can make a run at bringing the first football national championship to Madison.
Wisconsin rushed for 231 yards, with 151 of them by Montee Ball and 486 total yards. The 486 yards is the fourth most out of the five games Wisconsin has played. That is how dominating this offense is. The offense ranks first in the Big Ten in scoring offense and scoring defense. Wisconsin will get another tough Oct. 22 when the Badgers play at Michigan State before playing Ohio State a week later.
After seeing this offense against a defense with some good players on it, I see no defense in the Big Ten that will be able to stop them. The Badgers have the balance it takes to be a dominant offense. Wilson may be the best quarterback to ever play for Wisconsin. His Heisman campaign rolled on yesterday, going 14-20 for 255 yards and touchdowns and once again, played turnover-free football. It definitely does not hurt hurt that he has a true number one receiver in Nick Toon, who is finally healthy this year, but the emergence of Jared Abbrederis has made this offensive that much better.
Toon has been the number one receiver Wisconsin thought he could be when he walked onto campus. He is finally healthy, and he is showing what he can do. He just passed his father Al on the all-time receptions list at Wisconsin and Abbredaris has been a nice compliment. Toon almost has many receptions through the first five games this season as he did all last season while Abbrederis already has as many receptions as he had last year. In the last three games, he has averaged 93 yards per game.
Even though Toon had a long touchdown catch of 46 yards against Nebraska, perhaps his biggest touchdown catch was with Wisconsin down 14-7 and Wilson threw into double coverage and Toon somehow hauled it in. It was the first play of the drive and the Badgers dominated from there on out, scoring 34 unanswered points to change a seven point defecit into a 27 point lead.
Montee Ball has been a touchdown vulture, rushing for 13 touchdowns, which is the most in the NCAA. His season-high 151 yards along with his four touchdowns helped the Badgers dispose of Nebraska.
I don't think Big Ten defensive coordinators are looking forward to playing this offense, as this offense may be the best offense the conference has seen in quite some time.
After the physical matchup with the Cornhuskers, the Badgers will be off next week before returning to action against the Indiana Hoosiers at Camp Randall Stadium Oct. 15. Last year, the Badgers rolled up 598 yards of total offense and Wisconsin blew out Indiana 83-20, and all kinds of controvery came with that about running up the score.
And there is no doubt, if the Badgers really wanted to, they could score more than 83 this year.