But nobody was brooding at Big Ten Media Day.
Graduate of Knox College and University of Kansas.
College football has always been about running the ball. Rarely does a team earn what amounts to an immediate mulligan in defeat. Who knows? We may think Washington or Clemson is better in a month.
Those Badgers, who opened the season with a 21-14 victory over No. 1 MI, finished 7-5 overall and 6-3 in the Big Ten. The ability to pick up big chunks of yards is paramount in a game projected to be low scoring and Wisconsin just doesn't have much of any "big play" type players.
SLUMPING SPARTANS: Michigan State, which was ranked No. 12 before the season, has lost three straight for the first time since 2009 and for the third time since Mark Dantonio took over the program in 2007. "We still have opportunities ahead of us, and that's a big thing for us".
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett entered last weekend No. 1 in the Big Ten in passing efficiency with a completion rate of 68.6%, with 14 touchdowns and only two interceptions. The Badgers' best breakaway threat has eclipsed 100 yards in a game once this season, when he had 111 on 21 carries against Akron in Week 2.
The only other top-10 matchup between these schools was in 1942, when Wisconsin won by 10 points. He knows Barrett is an elite player who demands perfection, and the Buckeyes did not get that in their passing game.
Asked about what practice was like on Sunday, he said, "It was get back to the fundamentals of what we do. Every game's that way". We want to continue that trend.
The shocking result reached its peak when eventual Heisman Trophy runner-up Melvin Gordon fumbled in the final seconds of the first half and Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa recovered and scored to extend a jaw-dropping lead to 38-0 before the break. The storyline then was two powerhouse defenses facing off in the trenches, but Saturday's game against Ohio State will be a little different, with the high-powered Buckeyes' offense against one of the nation's best defenses.
This time around, the task is equally massive, if not more. However, Ohio State and MI both occupying spots in the top five is not a fluke, and the aggressiveness of Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh is a wake-up call for the rest of the conference, which is loaded with more money than everyone but the SEC because of its massive television contracts. I give the Buckeyes plenty of credit for thumping Oklahoma in Norman, but I'm not sure the next-best opponent the Buckeyes have faced thus far-probably 3-2 in in Columbus-is very scary. Second, I can look past the fact that pork ribs have neither a university nor a football team because rankings don't matter until December 4. "I think it goes back to (former) Coach (Barry) Alvarez and what he's built up there". But it's all motivation. "You've got to be able to use that to fuel you".
After the debacle that was the Ohio State game more than a week ago, Nebraska rebounded like all good teams do.
Sure, Curtis Samuel only receiving nine touches is somewhat baffling as is the fact that quarterback J.T. Barrett only completed nine passes.
But if the Badger defense stays true to its base schemes, Edwards said, they have confidence they can at least slow Barrett down through the air and on the ground.
Climate change: Most Big Ten coaches support proposed changes that would create an early signing date for football recruits, saying changes would limit the cherry-picking of top prospects late in the process and provide a more even playing field between northern and southern schools. "He's very unsafe on the run". Peavy has been effective on that play this year and he'll likely be relied on again if the Wisconsin running game is struggling.