Things are going from bad to worse for the Wisconsin Badgers as a 24-10 loss to Northwestern Wildcats leaves them 5-5 and on the outside looking in for bowl eligibility. The Badgers will have to turn things around and win one of their final two games to become bowl eligible with six wins.
Wisconsin could not get anything going offensively, even as senior play-caller Tanner Mordecai returned from a broken hand after missing the previous three contests. Though Mordecai threw for 255 yards and only turned the ball over once on a fumble, the team couldn’t move the ball down the field. After a field goal with 10 minutes left in the first quarter, the team didn’t score again until a touchdown by running back Jackson Acker with just 11 seconds remaining in the game.
At the same time, the team’s defense did little to contain the Wildcats offense. Their quarterback Ben Bryant, who similarly was returning from injury and playing in his first game since September, threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for a third.
The Badgers loss raised a lot of questions, particularly as it came to a team they had beaten by a combined 77-14 in the last two years. The Badgers have a home game against 5-5 Nebraska and a road game against 5-5 Minnesota to end their regular season. They’ll need to win one of those for a shot at a bowl game in December.