Wisconsin unexpectedly falls hard

Published 3:26 pm Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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Does Wisconsin’s loss to unranked Illinois look as bad as Georgia’s loss to South Carolina?

To me, it looks worse. To be fair, though, the answer to that question depends entirely on who you ask.

What’s not up for debate is whether Ohio State will run the table in the Big 10. The Buckeyes and Badgers meet this Saturday in the second biggest game of the conference this season. The only bigger one would be if the two teams meet again in the Big 10 Championship. Ohio State pulverized Northwestern 52-3 last week and look like a well-oiled juggernaut. Wisconsin will be a test unlike any the Buckeyes have faced yet, but I’m confident they’ll get the job done. At home, no less. As desperate as the Badgers will be to wash the foul taste of losing to Illinois out of their mouth, this won’t be it.

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Outside of that crushing loss for Wisconsin, there weren’t any of the other major upsets. Florida pulled away from South Carolina in the second half. And hey! Dameon Pierce had a long touchdown run! Sure, there was a missed false start and a blatant hold on the South Carolina defender for 40-yards, but it’s cool to see Pierce bolting down the sideline like he did for four years back here in Bainbridge.

Over on the West Coast, Oregon is making a strong case for putting its name in the playoff conversation. The Ducks beat Jacob Eason and the Washington Huskies 35-31 and seem to me to be the favorites for winning the whole Pac-12.

Back to Georgia, I’m still trying to decide if any bad taste has been washed from the Dawgs’ mouth after beating Kentucky 21-0. By the way many fans are behaving, you’d think Georgia lost the game. Jake Fromm didn’t pass much because, according to Kirby, the tropical storm weather imposed too big of a risk. So Georgia ran it up the middle a bunch. They also ran it around the edge a few times—and they scored doing it!

To the fans freaking out about the state of Georgia’s offense, I’m going to pull the ole Aaron Rodgers “R-E-L-A-X” quote. I’ve been just as frustrated as anybody looking at how this much talent seems to struggle to put points on the board, but now it’s a bye week. Players will heal, rest and refocus ahead of the biggest game of the regular season against Florida. Georgia will improve. I have to believe they will, because I believe Kirby, the players and the other coaches know another performance like the one against South Carolina will only bring pain and suffering against the Gators, Auburn and quite likely Missouri or Texas A&M as well.