Friday, October 27, 2017

Wisconsin Badgers Weak Football Schedule

The Wisconsin football team is as of this writing 7-0 and ranked fifth in the nation.  Odds are that they will be 8-0 in another 24 hours or so as they visit my haplesss beloved Illini and are a heavy 26.5 point favorite (take Wisconsin to clear if you are a betting person).

But what have they done this year?  Not much.  Here is the list of teams that the Badgers have beaten this year:

Utah State
Florida Atlantic
BYU
Northwestern
Nebraska
Purdue
Maryland

Not exactly murderers row.  Of course, this type of schedule is the exact thing that gets mocked by fans of the SEC - Wisconsin has not played one top 25 team so far this year and there is a very good chance that they may not play one ALL YEAR as their remaining schedule looks like this:

Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan
Minnesota

None of those teams are currently in the top 25.

The combined record as of now for all teams on Wisconsin's schedule is 40-46, or an atrocious .465 winning percentage. But to make matters worse, lets take a look at something else.  Here are the 40 teams that Wisconsin's current scheduled teams have beaten this year so far:

Buffalo
Oregon State
Wyoming
Iowa State
North Texas (twice)
Florida
Cincinnati
Air Force
Purdue
Indiana
Missouri
Minnesota (twice)
Texas
Towson
Virginia
Georgia Southern
Charleston Southern
Ball State
Western Kentucky
Idaho State
San Jose State
Brigham Young
UNLV
Bethune Cookman
Middle Tennessee State (twice)
Old Dominion
Portland State
Nevada
Bowling Green
Maryland
Iowa
Arkansas State
Rutgers
Illinois (three times)
Ohio (NOT Ohio State)

Of all of these teams, only Iowa State is in the top 25, ranked 25 this week (and they will probably drop out eventually).  Many of these teams aren't even in Division One.  The combined record of these teams is an abysmal 113-176 - a .391 winning percentage.  This will get worse as the Big Ten teams keep cannibalizing themselves.  The only top 25 victory for this list of teams was Iowa State's upset of Oklahoma earlier this year.  And I would bet that if those two teams played again today that Oklahoma would beat the Cyclones like a red headed step child.

So not only are the teams that Wisconsin has played terrible, so are the few teams that THOSE teams managed to beat.  It is pretty amazing if you think about it.

The odds are that the Badgers will likely not play a top 25 team this year until the Big Ten Championship game and if they manage to win it, they will be undefeated and will go to the playoff.  So I guess the old strategy of lining up the patsies in your pre-conference schedule continues to be rewarded.  The Badgers can't really do a lot about their Big Ten schedule, but it is clear that after so many years of awful play in the Big Ten West, there needs to be a re-alignment some time soon.  I am obviously not the first person to mention this as the fans of the teams in the Big Ten East have been screaming about the scheduling issues for some time.

Look, I am not saying the Badgers are bad.  In fact they are very good.  But if they manage to make it to the playoff when a team from the SEC (Georgia or Alabama) might not make it with one loss, there will be screaming.  And in my opinion, rightly - if they have played a tough schedule.  Unlike Wisconsin.

3 comments:

Carl from Chicago said...

Sad how terrible their schedule is and the fact that Illinois contributes to their list of “patsies”. WTF happened at Michigan Harbaugh was supposed to turn it around.

Dan from Madison said...

What happened at Michigan is that they are in the Big Ten West. Swap them with Wisconsin and this post would be about the Wolverines, not the Badgers.

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