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Badgers Smell the Roses

Posted By Chad Seely On Nov 29 2010 @ 5:38 pm In Wisconsin | No Comments

As the clock ticked to zeros at Camp Randall Stadium late Saturday afternoon, Badger players earned the right to sport the Big Ten Champion hats and put the roses between their teeth. And Coach Bret Bielema deserved to bask in the Gatorade shower he received on the sidelines.  No. 4 Wisconsin (11-1, 7-1) claimed its first Big Ten title since 1999 with a 70-23 domination of the Northwestern Wildcats (7-5, 3-5).

My fellow blogger, Ben Chiswick, who covers Northwestern said it best: Northwestern was the latest victim to feel the wrath of the Badgers.  Big Red raced out of the gate as they had the game wrapped up by halftime with a 49-17 lead.  The machine better known as the Badger offensive line continues to work wonders for both the run game and keeping Scott Tolzien upright and untouched. 

In typical Tolzien form, he completed 15 of 19 for 230 yards and four touchdowns.  The total numbers for the offense were 559 yards and 9 touchdowns with Aaron Henry running a pick back for the 10th and final touchdown of the day for Bucky.  Montee Ball and James White were once again spectacular as they replaced John Clay for a third straight game.  Clay did end up with a few carries but it was the Ball & White show as they racked up 312 yards and five touchdowns on 40 carries.  It’s the third straight game the duo has rushed for 300 yards and five scores. 

On the other side of the ball, the Badgers forced a ridiculous seven turnovers.  Granted Northwestern was forced to use redshirt freshman Evan Watkins after losing quarterback Dan Persa to a devastating injury a few weeks ago, but still, seven turnovers! Defensive end J.J. Watt is a one-man wrecking crew as he made a statement for his Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year candidacy in a big way.  Check out his stat line: seven tackles including three for loss, one sack, two forced fumbles and a blocked extra point.  I fully understand the talent and numbers guys like Adrian Clayborn and Ryan Kerrigan have put up but Watt has been there every game, including huge games on nationally televised games.  He has to be the D-P.O.Y. in the Big Ten and should be an All-American. 

I saved writing this blog til now so the BCS Standings would be up to the minute.  That being said, the Badgers are comfortably sitting at No. 5 ahead of Ohio State and behind one-loss Stanford.  They are setup for a trip to Pasadena on New Years Day, most likely against TCU.  The Badgers are done for the regular season so my game previews are done until the bowl game but I’m going to post several blogs this week regarding the bowl situation, awards, recruiting updates and we’ll revisit my pre-season predictions.  And hey, wouldn’t you know, I said there would be a three-way tie at the top of the Big Ten with three teams sitting at 11-1.  So I was wrong about Iowa and Michigan State, but c’mon, that’s pretty good!

Til then, On Wisconsin!

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