Week 4: Wisconsin’s Offensive Grades

24 Sep

59 points. 612 yards on offense. 25 first downs.


The Wisconsin Badgers put up huge numbers once again on Saturday against South Dakota, yet Badger fans have seen this before. True life: you know an offense is playing well when 59 points doesn’t even seem out of the ordinary.

Here are the grades:


If Russell Wilson isn’t seriously being considered for the Heisman Trophy at this point, then there’s something wrong with America. On Saturday, he was 19-of-25 passing for 345 yards and three touchdowns. Simply unreal.

However, Joe Brennan, though he had minimal playing time, certainly didn’t shine. He was 0-for-2 and had an interception.

Grade: A-

Running Backs:

As a team, the Badgers rushed for a “pedestrian” 267 yards on Saturday. At this point, a monster number like that feels average for Wisconsin fans.

James White led Wisconsin with 95 yards on nine carries and scored a season-long 49-yard touchdown. Montee Ball chipped in with 88 yards and two scores, while both Jeffrey Lewis and Melvin Gordon each got significant playing time, recording their first collegiate touchdowns.

Grade: A

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends:

Simply put, Nick Toon and Jared Abbrederis were phenomenal on Saturday. Both finished with over 100 receiving yards, while Toon had a couple scores and Abbrederis chipped in with one as well.

Just another solid all-around performance from Wisconsin receivers.

Grade: A

Offensive Line:

Other than the one sack they gave up, Wisconsin’s offensive line was impenetrable on Saturday. They opened up huge holes and gave Wilson ample time in the pocket.

Grade: A

Overall: A




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