How much should we read into the fact that Indiana was the latest victim of the Iowa magic act? Very little. Losing to Iowa in the fourth quarter has just become so common place it really doesn’t impact people anymore. It isn’t like all the sudden being the first team to lose a big game to Notre Dame–that just doesn’t happen so it would shock people. This is part of Iowa’s routine, fall behind…lose.
What is big is Indiana losing their field position and primary weapon, Ray Fisher. Fisher has been IU’s best player this year impacting the game from his corner spot and providing electrifying returns for scores and field position. IU has been prolific through the air, yet is averaging barely 100 yards per game on the ground, including a mere 65 games from its leading rusher, Frosh Darius Willis. Quarterback Ben Chappell has been excellent and has weapons to get the ball to.
When Wisconsin has the ball they figure to dish out a heavy dose of John Clay. IU has struggled against both run and pass but can generate turnovers. Clay the big ten’s leading rusher figures to have another big day. Clay who started the year sluggishly has emerged as the clear leader for all big ten honors at tailback and is poised for a 1000 yard season. Scott Tolzein continues to make big throws when needed and has been a steady influence for most of the season. IU can expect a heavy dose of the TE’s that UW favors and may need to account for a new weapon…the TE reverse with Lance Kendricks.
Wisconsin is peaking defensively having posted several strong efforts in recent weeks. They are led by Bednarik award semifinalist O’Brien Schofield and the emerging playmaking of ROTQ favorite Chris Borland. The newly mustached Borland has epitomized this UW defense. He is unheralded, athletic, and makes plays. This badger defense may lack name recognition, but they are making plays.
I see IU putting up little resistance. Wisconsin is better in all aspects outside of kick returns. UW wins this game handly 44-13.