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Saturday, January 1, 2011
Wisconsin's offense missing opportunities

By Adam Rittenberg

PASADENA, Calif. -- Wisconsin has reached TCU's territory on all but one of its six possessions.

And only scored 13 points.

That's not good enough against TCU star quarterback Andy Dalton and his many weapons, who are making it tough for Wisconsin's defense in the second half.

It's hard to put a finger on the Badgers' inability to finish drives. Linebacker Tank Carder and the Frogs certainly are putting more pressure on Scott Tolzien, and Wisconsin hasn't hit on a big play in quite some time. Still, Wisconsin seems to be running the ball well, but are the Badgers committed enough to their ground game?

It sounds crazy to suggest that, but Wisconsin's decision to pass on first down from its end zone surprised me. The Badgers are getting into too many obvious passing situations, which allows TCU's front seven to pin their ears back.

Wisconsin needs a big fourth quarter to turn this around.