There aren't that many Wisconsin bloggers; many of them start blogs, only to succumb to dairy-induced heart attacks or alcoholism weeks later. The exception, of course, is sports radio personality, Fanhouse contributor, and all-around Blogfrica juggernaut Bruce Ciskie. When not talking hockey or the impending termination of Brad Childress, Bruce covers Badger sports at The Ciskie Blog. The reason for his longevity? He moved to Minnesota!
Bruce, welcome to BHGP. Say something sophomoric.
You're an Iowa fan. Suck it.
Now, the quarterbacks. Evridge is clearly not the answer, and Sherer looked capable in the second half last week. Who starts this week? Who finishes? What does Sherer do that Evridge couldn't accomplish, other than having the same last name as the guy who plays Smithers on The Simpsons and occasionally completing a pass?
P.J. Hill simply refuses to graduate, and John Clay looks to be another prototypical monster Wisconsin tailback. Now that the Big Ten championship run envisioned this summer is dead, will Bielema save his young halfback's legs and run Hill into the ground, or are we still going to see a two-headed hydra in the Badger backfield? Will Wisconsin have any luck running the ball against an Iowa defense that hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher so far this year despite facing LeSean McCoy, Javon Ringer, and Tyrell Sutton?
Over/under on weeks until Travis Beckum succumbs to his frustration, morphs into Travis Bickle, and shoots up Camp Randall: 3.5. Who ya got?
Hypothetical question: After leading Iowa to another 6-6 campaign, Kirk Ferentz is canned like tuna. The rampant speculation indicates Bielema is the first name in play for the job, and the faithful at BHGP start tracking flights out of Madison. When the IT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW post goes up on a Tuesday night in early December, what is the typical Wisconsin fan's immediate reaction? Anger? Relief? Tepid resignation?
These two offenses are disturbingly similar: Run-first philosophy, gargantuan offensive lines, bruising tailbacks, mediocre-at-best quarterback play. How good is Wisconsin's defense at stopping its own offense?
Barry Alvarez: Great coach or greatest coach? How is the Badger populous responding to his work as athletic director?
What is the one thing about this Wisconsin team that we're overlooking and that could determine the final outcome of this game?
A final prediction...
...one more juvenile statement...
...and you're off the Budweiser Hot Seat. Thanks, Bruce!