It’s not unusual for the Wisconsin Badgers to be overlooked in polls before the season begins or at any time during the season for that matter.
What is unusual, is for a team that is not ranked to start the season, to jump into the top ten after just one game. As a matter of fact, the Badgers are the very first team to accomplish the feat and they find themselves in the top ten for the first time since October of 2011.
After beating a LSU team that was considered by many as one of top programs in the country, the Badgers find themselves in a position to prove to the nation that they belong among the very best.
The challenge that they face now, is to beat another underrated team convincingly enough in a game in which the Badgers find themselves favored by 24 points.
Most experts view Akron as a cupcake team that Wisconsin should walk all over but that is a trap the Badgers should know better than to fall into.
If Head Coach Paul Cryst’s assessment of his players is accurate, they should be just fine.
“I think that they see we can be a lot better, and yet, I don’t want to be hypocritical. I want them to enjoy the game and game day. That’s the best part of the week. What can you learn from it? What can you take away from it, and how can you apply that going forward? I didn’t need to prod the guys. Didn’t need to talk to them and tell them what to think. That’s what I was pleased to hear from them.”
One interesting note for superstitious fans is that the Badgers have a perfect 5-0 recording games they play on September 10.