Wisconsin has welcomed three college football teams from the state of Michigan and has utterly dominated all three.
Central Michigan was the first team to come into Camp Randall in the home opener for the Badgers. It wasn’t pretty, the Badgers beat up the Chippewas en route to a 61-0 rout.
The Michigan Wolverines came to town next week in the Big Ten opener and suffered a similar fate. A top 15 matchup at the time ended in a complete whooping of the Wolverines. The 35-14 win brought the Badgers into the national spotlight and rightfully so.
Michigan State was up next. They came in during homecoming weekend in hopes of avenging the loss of their Michigan counterparts but showed no signs of life.
The No.8 Wisconsin Badgers, 5-0 overall 2-0 Big Ten, was at home once again for a tilt against a Michigan State team that was coming off a horrible loss to Ohio State.
While the Spartans were sputtering, the Badgers were rolling coming off of a 48-0 win over Kent State a week ago.
Both trends continued for both teams with Wisconsin absolutely steamrolling Michigan State 38-0.
The accolades and incredible stats go on and on for the No. 8 Badgers.
The defense forced their fourth shutout of the season in just six games. The Michigan State offense punted on nine of their eleven possessions and the two drives which didn’t end in punt were worse- they resulted in interceptions. Through 77 possessions that opposing offenses have had, they have only scored on five of those occasions. Maybe even more impressive is the fact that the Wisconsin defense has given up four touchdowns but have matched that total with four touchdowns scored by the defense.
“Those guys, they’re playing lights out. I don’t have any other words,” Jonathan Taylor said. The defense has managed to leave the Heisman candidate Taylor speechless.
The accolades and gaudy statistics go on for the offense as well. They are currently averaging 42.5 points per game which is quite the jump from the 29.7 points the team averaged the 2018 campaign. Jonathan Taylor has somehow outdone himself and scored 18 touchdowns through just six games which top his total of 16 in 2018. Jack Coan has done his job and much more to this point as well. He has only thrown one pick and is completing 76% of his passes.
This team is special and they are having fun while dominating their opponents.
Whether it’s during jump around or during post-game interviews they are enjoying themselves.
Senior wide receiver A.J. Taylor had fun with junior safety Eric Burrell during his interview playing the role of another reporter and recorded him serenading him with comments like “this man is so fly.”
The offensive line is having fun with the success of Jack Coan too. They strolled into post-game interviews donning shirts that had “Jacky Heisman” written on them.
“Sh*t I wouldn’t want to go against us,” center Tyler Biadasz said when describing the amount of versatility the offense and the amount of ways in which they can beat a defense.
On a day in which Taylor was limited to just 78 yards on the ground, Coan and the receivers showed that they have a multitude of weapons to get the job done and can pick it up when Taylor is having a down day.
Coan went 18/21 on the day and hit eight different receivers. He constantly made plays to extend drives highlighted by two fourth-down conversions on really nice throws. One to A.J. Taylor and another to Jake Ferguson which extended key drives.
Jacky Heisman might be a fitting new nickname for Jack Coan who has shown that he can get it done with his arm.
There has been constant chatter surrounding the Badgers and the “soft” schedule that is allowing them to have hot start. Wisconsin once again answered those questions and has now opened up the very real possibility of the college football playoff. All eyes of the college football world will be on their matchup with Ohio State in Columbus on October 26th.