Three Takeaways from the Wisconsin Badgers Win against Maryland

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Three Takeaways from the Wisconsin Badgers Win against Maryland

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Three Takeaways from the Wisconsin Badgers Win against Maryland

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The Wisconsin Badgers returned to action on Saturday, hosting the Maryland Terrapins. On a soggy field with windy conditions in the second half, the Badgers beat the Terps 23-10. The win moves Wisconsin to 5-4 on the season with three games left on the 2022 schedule. For the Terrapins, the loss drops them to 6-3 with a road trip to Penn State next week, then a home game the week after against Ohio State.

1 – Mertz, Allen Steady The Ship.

The Badgers up and down record now has them winning two in a row. With two consecutive road games at Iowa and at Nebraska, Wisconsin has a chance to run the table for the rest of the 2022 season. Quarterback Graham Mertz is finally living up to some of the expectations fans in Madison have been waiting for. He’s steadied himself which has allowed the offense to find a rhythm that has been missing all season. Against Maryland, his stats were pedestrian. In the rain and wind, Mertz would not turn the ball over, completing five passes on 18 attempts for 77 yards. Meanwhile, Braelon Allen is an absolute rock. Allen would carry the ball 23 times for 119 yards and one touchdown. Out of nowhere, Isaac Guerendo matched up well with Allen carrying the ball 12 times for 114 yards and one touchdown. Guerendo would electrify Camp Randall on a tight-rope run that went for an 89-yard touchdown.

 

Wisconsin is on the verge of turning it around after the firing of Paul Chryst. It’s taken a while, but with only three games left, the work looks to have finally turned.

 

2 – Maryland’s Season Slipping away.

The Terrapins went to Madison with a 6-2 record and left 6-3. With a trip to Happy Valley next Saturday and a likely home loss to the Buckeyes, 6-3 quickly becomes 6-5. Maryland looked flat against the Badgers. By halftime the Terps were losing 17-0 and Wisconsin, sensing blood in the water, pulled away in the last two quarters, never letting Maryland get close. The final score of 23-13 was not representative of Wisconsin being a rising power in the West, but more aptly spoke to the Terrapins being more mirage than truly competitive. 

The next two weeks will define who the Maryland Terrapins are. Fans at College Park won’t like how quickly their fortunes have turned. 

 

3 – Two Teams, Two Bowl Bids To Come. 

Both the Wisconsin Badgers and Maryland Terrapins will be in bowl games come the holiday season. Two games that could feature the Badgers is the Guaranteed Rate Bowl against Oklahoma. Another is the Quick Lane Bowl against Northern Illinois. 

As for Maryland, the Music City Bowl against Florida is one that is possible as is the Gator Bowl where the Terrapins would match up with Mississippi State.

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