The Wisconsin Badgers were able to cruise to an easy 48-3 win last weekend over Illinois while only attempting 13 total passes. This weekend, they attempted 15 passes and knocked off Purdue 49-20. Although the Badgers were able to rush for 584 between the last two weeks, they need to acquire more consistent balance as the end of the season nears. You can beat teams like Illinois or Purdue being one dimensional, but you can’t beat teams of the caliber the Badgers could face in the conference title game or bowl game without the ability to move the ball through the air.
The most positive sign for the Badgers comes in the details. They are looking for consistency from the quarterback position, not overall talent or ability. If Wisconsin was looking for the latter at this point of the season, it’d be a much more dire situation.
Wisconsin has two guys under center that have shown glimpses of genuine ability over the course of the season in Bart Houston and Alex Hornibrook. Houston at times against LSU and Iowa. The same could be said about Hornibrook against Michigan State and in spurts against Nebraska and Ohio State.
The trouble for them and the Badgers, though, is that Houston has also struggled this season against LSU and Nebraska at times and Georgia State. Hornibrook struggled mightily against Michigan and for periods in those same games against Nebraska and Ohio State.
Therein lies the key for the Badgers for the remainder of the season: if either or both can succeed on a consistent basis, I don’t see a ceiling to the team’s potential. On the chance the Badgers do not acquire a consistent passing game, it’ll be incredibly difficult for them to beat the Big Ten East winner and/or whomever they’d play after that.