It’s a great day to be a Wisconsin Badger!
The Wisconsin Badgers (6-3, 4-2) were absolutely dominant today in Piscataway as UW had a convincing 52-3 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-5, 1-5) at SHI Stadium.
With the win, the Badgers move into first place in the Big Ten West division and it also means they’ll be bowling for the 20th-consecutive season!
True freshman Braelon Allen continues to be a beast in the running game as he rushed for 129-yards on 15 carries (8.6 average) and a touchdown. It’s the fifth consecutive 100-plus yard rushing game for Allen.
Chez Mellusi had a good game as well, carrying the ball 15 times for 75 yards (5.0 average) and a touchdown. However, he did leave the game in the third quarter with an injury. Head Coach Paul Chryst said they’ll find out more in the days to come on the injury.
I’m just going to say it: I wonder what Jalen Berger is thinking right now….
Graham Mertz tied his season-high with 240 passing yards and needed just 11 completions to get there. Of Mertz’s 11 completions, nine of them went for 15-yards or more. He also threw for three touchdowns and did have one interception.
In general, I thought Mertz played above average. He had some really good throws, but did have a couple bad throws, like the throw on his interception.
Paul Chryst called a phenomenal game offensively today. He smelled blood early and didn’t let up. Today was the first time that UW has scored 50-plus in Chryst’s tenure as head coach.
Kendric Pryor had a great game as well. He finished with four receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Danny Davis was targeted three times, but only had one reception but made it count as he took it 72-yards for a touchdown.
Wisconsin did the smart thing and put in all of the backups halfway through the third quarter and it was really fun to watch. I enjoy watching the backups play (especially when winning big) because that’s the future of the team. I liked what I saw from all of them, they competed and worked hard and had success.
Chase Wolf didn’t get a chance to throw much, but he completed 2-of-3 passes for 34 yards.
UW was 7-of-12 on third down today, their best mark of the season. Over their last two games, UW is converting 46.4 percent of their third down attempts (improvement is always good). UW entered today ranked No. 123 out of 130 FBS teams in third down conversion percentage (29.5%).
Wisconsin has forced 12 turnovers in the last three games and the turnover margin has gone from -11 to -2 in that span.
Wisconsin is the best team in the Big Ten right now and I don’t care if anyone disagrees with me.
This Wisconsin team has as good of a shot as any team to get to Indy (counting Big Ten East teams) and win the Big Ten title, even after all that’s gone on this season on and off the field.
A Big Ten title is squarely in sight. That’s all you can ask for with three games left in the regular season.
Illinois took down Minnesota today, which drastically helps UW because it gives them margin of error in the next two games against Northwestern and Nebraska that they didn’t have before.
Wisconsin will host the Northwestern Wildcats (3-5, 1-4) next Saturday, November 13th. Kickoff time hasn’t been announced yet, but we do know it will be nationally televised on ESPN2.