by Kent Sterling
The Badgers are consistent, well-drilled, mature, and deep. They are everything Indiana aspires to be, and Wilson knows that winning a game this Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium is going to require the kind of disciplined effort they have been unable to muster yet in his three seasons in Bloomington.
Of course, Wison is right. Beating Wisconsin is a long shot, but progress in Bloomington is not yet measured in beating a team against whom the Hoosiers are winless since 2002.
Indiana fans remember the day that three years ago that Bill Lynch took the Hoosiers to Madison and suffered an 83-20 ass-whooping that sealed the fate of coach Bill Lynch. Lynch might have been fired regardless of that game, but there was no chance for survival after allowing anyone to score 83 m***********g points against his team.
So it could be said that Wisconsin’s excellence is responsible for Wilson being in Bloomington, and his ability to build a program similar to Wisconsin will determine how long he stays. If he is able to mirror Barry Alvarez, Bret Bielema, and now Gary Anderson, it’s unlikely Indiana will be able to keep the third year coach. If he can’t compete, Indiana will look elsewhere for someone who can.
Indiana boosters and students understand that regularly beating Ohio State and Michigan is a long shot. Those programs have a 70-year start on Indiana, and states filled with kids who dream of one day being Buckeyes and Wolverines. There are no kids in Indiana currently dreaming of wearing the Cream and Crimson.
But Indiana should be able to recruit against Wisconsin and build a program its equal. There is nothing but dogma separating the two programs – the belief that Wisconsin is better is strong today, but nothing prevents the Hoosiers from eliminating that over the next three years. Facilities and climate both favor the Hoosiers, and education is mostly equal.
Wilson knows this Saturday’s game will be a tough test, but in the video, there is not just a clinical respect for Wisconsin, but an eagerness to face the test.