A Third of the Way Done

Wisconsin is over a third of the way through its 2013 season but sitting at 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten, there are still question marks for the unranked Badgers coming out of the bye week.

With plenty of issues becoming evident in Wisconsin's 31-24 loss to No.4 Ohio State Saturday, there are many emphasis points that Head Coach Gary Andersen will need to focus on. With no game today and preparing for No.16 Northwestern next weekend, the Badgers have to resolve some big question marks. 1, Wisconsin still needs a No. 2 wide receiver

The Badgers have yet to find a solid number two receiver (that isn't tailback James White) and that will most likely continue to be a talking point amongst the coaches the rest of the season. Although Jared Abbrederis did have a career-high 207 yards receiving against the Buckeyes, he has been relied on too many times to make the big plays, even when the ball has been heavily underthrown or overthrown.

Abbrederis has caught 33 passes for 572 yards with four touchdowns. No other wide receiver on the team has caught more than six passes (Jordan Fredrick).

With capable receivers in Brian Wozniak, Alex Erickson and even Jeff Duckworth, the Badgers need to better utilize these receivers in practice this upcoming week to take some stress off of Abbrederis in the long run.

2, A flash in the pan or the new trend?

Joel Stave has had his fair share of impressive throws throughout the season, but he has also had plenty of poorly thrown balls. With one interception in each contest minus the Arizona State game, Stave has shown that he makes poor decisions too often.

Overthrowing and underthrowing receivers has been a common occurrence as of late and by the looks of it, receivers are having a tough time catching half the balls he throws. However, Stave's 295-yard, two-touchdown passing performance Saturday gave hope that the redshirt sophomore has turned a corner.

Consistency is huge in the Big Ten and Stave, up to this point, has been lacking it.

3, Doing Laundry

With eight penalties called against them on Saturday, the Badgers need to figure out what went wrong and how they can solve those issues. With left guard Ryan Groy and tight end Sam Arneson each being penalized twice for false starts, the coaching staff seemed to have no idea what they could do to make the snap count more obvious. Yes the "Horseshoe" is loud, but Andersen could not emphasize more that "it is a hard place to play."

With these three questions being perhaps the biggest the Badgers face going into the bye week, it will be interesting to see how they as a team cope with these issues and bounce back for their October 12th meeting with Pat Fitzgerald's Northwestern squad.


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