2011 Wisconsin Badgerrs Football

Big Ten football fans

Wisconsin Badgers vs Oregon State Beavers Football Preview


You want urgency? You want a neck-to-the-guillotine experience for a college football club?

Consider the plight of the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, September 10.

After just one week, there might not be two BCS programs with more divergent starts to their seasons. While the Wisconsin Badgers frolicked in their home ballyard, the Oregon State Beavers experienced a version of gridiron hell that only amplified their nightmarish 2010 season, extending it into 2011. As a result, the Beavers are staring at an ugly September and another year in which a bowl bid is anything but a sure bet. That’s a terrifying prospect for a program that, until recently, was known for overachieving and squeezing every last ounce of purpose out of its available resources.

First, a word about the heavy favorite in this weekend’s game: Wisconsin rolled open the only year of the Russell Wilson era with splendor, routing UNLV in Camp Randall Stadium by the score of 51-17. The Badgers scored touchdowns on their first four possessions, Russell Wilson adding a new dimension to the offense, and the run game powerful as expected. Wilson was 10-13 for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson joined Montee Ball and James White who all had over 60 yards rushing each. It was everything expected of the Badgers.

Oregon State, on the other hand, had to fight from behind to force overtime against an FCS opponent, Sacramento State, only to lose in the extra period. The Beavers were behind 21-6 at the end of three quarters to a team that, granted, was ranked 24 th  in FCS, but was still only 6-5 last season. Oregon State missed a bowl game in 2010 primarily because it lost at home to a horrendous Washington State team. Now, the Beavers have already coughed up an equally brutal home defeat, adding more pressure and misery to their existence before the change of seasons from summer to fall. Now, this wounded and shaken team from the Pacific Northwest must travel to America’s Dairyland to take on Wisconsin – top-10-dwelling Wisconsin? Ruh-roh.

It appears what started the season as a tough match for Oregon State now looks like a near impossibility. Wisconsin seems to have few questions, while Oregon State has plenty. Because of the injuries that have decimated the Beavers, they played seven true freshmen last week. Their quarterback situation is now uncertain as well, as Mike Riley chose to bench Ryan Katz at halftime after his first half performance of 11-22 passing for only 87 yards and an interception.   Freshman Sean Mannion will need another performance like he had in the second half for the Beavers if they wish to compete.

One point Wisconsin needs to tend is its run defense. UNLV had some success running on the Badgers, and Oregon State posted 266 rushing yards last week.

Find a great selection ofWisconsin Badgers apparel & merchandise online in our Team Fan Shop and find all of theBig Ten Football Scores Here!

By: Matt Zemek
DFN Sports Senior Staff Writer