4. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers …
It’s AMAZING how easy Wisconsin is.
Don’t turn the ball over, win games. It’s that easy.
It can’t win Big Ten Championship games – more on that in a moment – and it can’t win when it’s awful in turnover margin.
Hang on to the ball and don’t give it up twice in the final minutes against Illinois, and it would’ve been a Badger win without a problem.
Hang on to the ball and don’t give it up four times against Oregon, and it would’ve been a Badger win without a problem.
Give the Oregon defense credit for forcing the mistakes, but Wisconsin held Oregon to 204 yards of total offense. It had the ball for over 38 minutes, allowed just 66 rushing yards, and …
It turned it over four times.
Wisconsin is 2-6 over the last two seasons when finishing -2 or worse in turnover margin, and it lost this because it kept screwing up, gave up a punt block for a score, and no, not because of a highly-questionable offensive pass interference call – although, that didn’t help.