Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Not that we endorse gambling here at the College Football Blog, but even we couldn't help wondering why exactly a Wisconsin team that beat Indiana by 63 points was only a five-point favorite this week over a Michigan team that needed some late Denard Robinson heroics to squeak past the Hooisers by one score. Did Vegas know something we didn't?
Not this time, they sure as hell didn't: the Badgers are opening up the proverbial can on the homestanding Wolverines, taking a 24-0 lead into halftime that could have been even worse if Scott Tolzien 's only incomplete pass of the first half was an interception that ended a Badger scoring chance 30 seconds before the break. Otherwise, he went a cold-blooded 13-of-14 for 196 yards against the tattered Michigan secondary, while Monte Ball and James White have combined for more than 180 yards rushing and three scores.
The Wolverines showed against Illinois that they have the potential to keep up even in the face of that kind of offensive onslaught, but not today; their final four possessions of the half produced zero first downs, one turnover (on the kickoff return), and a chorus of boos when the home crowd disagreed with Rich Rodriguez 's (understandable) decision to lick their wounds in the locker room over risking another major malfunction.
The Tolzien pick means that the Badgers likely won't repeat their 83-point explosion of a week ago ... but at this rate, they won't come up a whole lot short, either.