It wasn't just to pad their record, was also viewed as "warm-up" games to sharpen things up before facing a Big10 opponent. For instance this season, no doubt I would have rather played our week 2 opponent, Eastern Michigan, in week one.remember when teams would front-load their schedules with really weak opponents to pad their record?
While I agree that Mertz played poorly, the OL and Secondary should shoulder some blame. I think that Chryst could have called a better game too, but that may just be me. Can't keep running the ball up the middle against that PSU defense. Should have ran a few more jet sweeps and option roll outs. Mertz was a sitting duck in that pocket.the key here is Mertz lost the game. Anyone that argues with that is not paying attention. He was a turn over machine. Time to search for another alternative at qb. The same old UW team - poor qb and secondary. Every year.
I don't think they are as bad as the final score in this game would indicate. They actually were in good shape starting that 4th Q tied 10-10, but then the sh** hit the fan. Also, remember their first 2 games were against #6 PSU and #12 ND. Tough schedule to start the season and it doesn't get any easier next week with #19 Michigan coming to Madison.sadly, the badgers kinda suck at football last season and this one. can't believe how overrated they were at the beginning of the season. i really wanted them to be good, but they just aren't.