The Badgers have lost six straight at home to fall out of the BCS standings.
They’ve played four conference opponents that have beaten them this year: Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan and Wisconsin.
But they’ve still found ways to win, and it’s not just due to good luck.
The Badgers haven’t had to deal with turnovers or missed opportunities.
When Wisconsin has been playing the type of schedule that would make the Big Ten a lot more competitive, they’ve shown that they can still play defense.
They’re the first team in the country to average more than 400 yards per game and have scored at least 300 points in three of the last four games.
That’s good enough for third in the conference.
And they’ve been able to do that despite a lack of experience on the offensive line.
“Wisconsin’s offense, to me, is more important than the offensive side of the ball,” offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph said.
“I know we have a lot of young talent and a lot to learn and a great group of guys, but it’s just a matter of being able to execute and execute in that way that we can be successful in those situations.”
Wisconsin’s offensive attack was one of the main reasons why the Badgers had a decent season last year.
Wake Forest finished 13th nationally in scoring defense, and the Badger defense allowed just 37 points per game.
In addition, the Badgies allowed only 22.5 points per contest in the first half last year and forced 16 turnovers.
That’s because Wisconsin’s offense was so good last year that they had to use a ton of playmakers, like quarterback Andrew Norwell and running back Melvin Gordon.
Gordon, the team’s leading rusher last year, averaged 5.6 yards per carry and scored a touchdown in seven games.
Wisconsin had a strong pass rush, which ranked No. 4 in the nation last year behind Ohio State and Stanford.
It was the Badgs best offensive line unit, which allowed just 12 sacks and allowed just two interceptions last year in 13 games.
Wisconsin’s offensive line was also a big reason why they had the second-best rushing attack in the Big 12, averaging 7.4 yards per rush.
The Badgys line was one reason why Wisconsin had a lot better yards per play (4.8) than its opponents (3.8).
And Wisconsin has a new defensive coordinator in Mike Riley.
Riley was the defensive coordinator for the Badges first four seasons in the SEC and helped them get to a bowl game in each of those seasons.
He was a first-round pick in 2008 and is a graduate assistant at Alabama.
Riley’s staff has done a great job in developing defensive backs in recent years, and he’s been able for the most part to build on the success that he had in the Pac-12 and the ACC.
For example, safety Kevin White is one of five linebackers in the history of the Wisconsin coaching staff to have at least one sack and one interception.
He played for Riley in Miami.
Even the quarterback position has been an important area of development.
Last year, the offense scored on average 4.6 points per drive, the highest average in the league.
But they averaged just 4.4 points per play in the second half, which is their worst mark of the season.
That was because Wisconsin had trouble getting the ball to its running backs and receivers.
One of the key reasons for the team not having a great offensive performance last year was a lack.
As good as the Badgeds offensive line could be, the running game wasn’t nearly as impressive.
The team had just one rushing touchdown last year (in a loss to Stanford), and they averaged only 6.8 yards per touch, the lowest average of the Big 10.
They did average 476 rushing yards, which was a lot worse than their 4.3 yards per attempt, which rank 15th in the FBS.
Their run defense also didn’t rank very high, ranking 30th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric, a rating that measures how effective the defense is against the pass.
So, Wisconsin has done an outstanding job of building a defense around the quarterback, and they’re just one of three teams in the West to rank among the top 25 in the Football Outsider ratings.
Wisconsin is also tied for ninth in the BCA rankings.
Another reason Wisconsin has struggled might be the way they’ve played in the last month.
Michigan and Ohio State are two of the nation’s top teams in rushing offense, and Wisconsin is sixth.
The Wolverines are averaging more than 6.5 yards per rushing attempt, and have the fifth-best passing attack.
On the other side of things, Wisconsin is third in passing defense.
The defense is allowing just 7.7 yards per completion, the second lowest rate in the Conference USA.
While the Badies offense is