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Badgers secondary has its hands full

1/1/2011

PASADENA, Calif. -- Defensive coordinator Dave Doeren told me this week that his unit made its biggest strides against the pass this fall.

The stats back it up, but Wisconsin's secondary really has its hands full against TCU.

The Frogs boast arguably the best receiving corps Wisconsin has seen all season, and it showed on a 10-play, 77-yard scoring drive. TCU twice converted third-and-long situations rather easily and scored on a 23-yards touchdown strike to Bart Johnson. Wisconsin was only average in third-down defense this season, ranking 57th nationally.

If Wisconsin can't start generating pressure on Andy Dalton, this could be a very long day for the defense. Not sure Wisconsin has the skill in the secondary to match these TCU receivers.