Freshman running back Jonathan Taylor put his name in the record books against Florida Atlantic. Taylor’s 223 yards and three touchdowns were enough to secure the Badgers second win of the season and solidify Taylor as the Big Ten co-offensive player of the week.
Utah state featured an abundance of head scratchers when the Badgers trailed 10-0 mid way through the second quarter. Last week against FAU the story continued as the Owls receiving core found some success against Wisconsin’s secondary.
FAU’s quarterback Daniel Parr completed a pass to DeAndre McNeal for a 63-yard touchdown bringing back memories of the Big Ten Championship Game last season where it seemed like the secondary was non-existent.
On offense, Alex Hornibrook is going to have to perform better than he was in the first two games. Not in terms of the numbers he is putting up but in his consistency. Hornibrook has the arm talent and the demeanor to be an excellent quarterback. Often there are throws that are way off the mark. The interception against FAU was one that was hard to watch and makes people like me wonder what he is looking at.
Wisconsin has to take a step towards becoming a consistent threat on offense that can wear teams down with the running attack but also be dangerous in the play action passing game. On defense defending the pass is vital when competing with teams that spread the ball around.
The Badgers will not meet the expectations of a Big Ten title if this doesn’t improve. Paul Chryst is an excellent coach. Hornibrook is a student of the game. Improvement should be occurring as the season progresses. When Big Ten play starts we are going to know if Wisconsin is a real contender or just another average program that can’t win the big game.