Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell is the obvious leader of the Hoosier offense. The way Chappell goes, so too does Indiana. Getting into the backfield and disrupting Chappell's rhythm is key to slowing a potent Hoosier passing attack. He has the ability to spread the ball across the field, recording touchdown passes to seven different Hoosiers. Chappell is also a threat to run near the goal line, scoring three rushing touchdowns by himself.
2. Nothing to 'Belch' at
While Chappell spreads the ball out well, he has a couple big weapons at receiver in Tanden Doss and Demarlo Belcher. Belcher is the leading receiver with 706 yards and four touchdowns. Belcher has added motivation to perform after dropping what would have been the go ahead touchdown late in the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hoosiers have made him a gameday captain this week to show him they are behind him. Needless to say, the Badgers backfield may have their hands full this week.
3. Health watch
Montee Ball did an admirable job last week, proving he may be the best third string running back in the country. As of now, John Clay i9s doubtful and James White is ready to go, but expect to see Ball get a decent amount of carries, especially if the game becomes a blowout.
4. Weather report
As of now, the forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of rain, 18 mph winds, and a bit of a chill with temperatures topping out around 50 degrees. If that's the case, Mother Nature might be the Badgers defense's third safety on Saturday. This type of weather really favors the power running team and the short passing game, so Bret Bielema should be pretty happy even though it may mean he can't wear the windbreaker.
5. Style Points
It was a key last week, and will probably be a key from here out. The Badgers need to keep as much separation between them and Ohio State should the Badgers and Buckeyes both run the table. If Michigan State also wins out, the highest ranked team in the BCS will go, and as of now, that's the Badgers. The human polls might be what saves them if a late win at Iowa brings OSU up in the computer rankings.
The weather may keep scoring down a little, but one would think there will be at least 40 points scored in this one. The over/under, however, is 58 and I would definitely take the under. The Badgers should roll to a win right around the 22 point spread.
Wisconsin 34 Indiana 10