Even against an elite, if you consider yourself a good CFB program, this performance doesn't make the grade by any metric.
This defensive scheme simply doesn't cut it against good teams unless you have depth and speed (UW doesn't). Otherwise you are asking to be physically battered to death by a good line/RB.
Offensively, who's really running things? I'm inclined to say it's Rudolph, because Chryst was always good as an OC. If this is the case, Rudolph needs to be replaced. The offense lacks leadership from the top and is ridiculously blase, even for a Badgers offense.
Apparently leaving Garrett Groshek in for pass protection was thought to be a good idea? Blocking Chase Young one-on-one with Van Lanen, or a TE was thought to be a good idea after looking at film? This preparation stinks. What a disaster. Who is in charge here?
This team looks to have one, maybe, two more wins in them this season. That's cause for alarm for this program moving forward.
As promised, I reached out to Wisconsin State Journal sports columnist Tom Oates who has covered the Badger football program for a couple decades. He e-mailed me Friday and unequivocally stated that
db11 wrote: I struggle to buy that Chryst is really in charge of the offense, because what we are seeing playcalling-wise and from an innovative standpoint is not what you'd expect from a Chryst offense.
and in turn, incredibly predictable.
head coach "Paul Chryst has always called his own plays." I was very surprised and disappointed. Based on other media sources, BTN included, I had been led to believe offensive coordinatior Joe Rudolph called the offensive plays for UW .... That fall-back is no longer in play. if nothing else, the idea of Rudolph calling the sometimes mysterious and head-scratching plays gave me cause & reason for justifying & rationalizing the occasionally ineffective Badger offense.
Apparently, based on Oates' disclosure, it's all on Chryst ... !
Wisconsin Sports Network Hall of Fame Inductee, 2012