Badgers Keep Winning Under The Radar

By Adam Caparell - November 04, 2006

Wisconsin has basically assured itself of a third place finish in the Big Ten with its win over Penn State today as the Badgers quietly continue to have a very successful season that no one is paying attention to. They got it done, thanks to P.J. Hill who ran for 148 yards and toughing it out after not playing much last weekend against Illinois.

Good to see Hill back running, but not good seeing Joe Paterno go down on the sidelines. That’s something you always think in the back of your mind is bound to happen on of these days – one of these old coaches getting bowled over on the sidelines – and it finally did today. Bad sign that Paterno flew ahead of his team back to State College. Hopefully he’s alright, but how about the near 80-year old coach trying to tough it out on the sidelines.

- Iowa, Iowa, Iowa. How far have the Hawkeyes fallen over these past several weeks? A lot of discussion that the Hawkeyes could contend with Michigan and Ohio State for the Big Ten title at the beginning of the season has been thrown to the wayside with their performances against Ohio State, Indiana and now Northwestern.

When Drew Tate doesn’t take care of the football, Iowa doesn’t win. He threw two picks today, but this one is on the defense. They allowed 21 points – at home, in Kinnick Stadium where they had entered the game having won 27 of their last 29 – to the worst offensive team in the Big Ten. The Wildcats are ranked last in just about every offensive category, yet ran all over Iowa for 225 yards on the ground. Tyrell Sutton is a good back, but allowing that many yards to Northwestern is inexcusable. Surprising from a Kirk Ferentz team.

- Bad loss by Alabama to a bad Mississippi State team. The Bulldogs snapped a 23-game SEC road losing streak and an 18-game losing streak against Western division rivals with their win over the Tide. Nice to see Sylvester Croom gets his first victory over his alma mater.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 05:13 PM on November 04, 2006

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