One stat heading into Saturday's game vs. Army shows how putrid Wisconsin's passing game is this season
Buckle up for a trip in the time machine to the early 1900s when Wisconsin hosts Army in Week 6. These two programs were already regarded perennially as run-oriented on offense.
However, this season it’s on a whole other level.
Astoundingly, Wisconsin and Army combine for only seven total touchdown passes heading into the throwback clash, according to USA Today’s Ben Kenney:
Total touchdown passes entering Saturday’s matchup between Wisconsin and Army:
Army Black Knights: 4
Wisconsin Badgers: 3
— Ben Kenney (@benzkenney) October 13, 2021
Simply wow. If that’s not leather helmet football, I don’t know what is. There’s something deliciously satirical about Wisconsin rocking a helmet emblazoned with “Forward” as they rarely complete forward passes into the end zone.
As the sport evolves into aerial theatrics, somewhere the ghosts of college football past smile a mischievous grin at the counterculture of Wisconsin and Army.
Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz has passed for 781 yards, two touchdowns and seven interceptions. Backup Chase Wolf threw Wisconsin’s other touchdown.
Army has split time at quarterback between Christian Anderson (187 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions) and Jemel Jones (135 yards, one touchdown, one interception).
Wisconsin is coming off a 24-0 shutout victory at Illinois. Last week, Army fell 28-16 at Ball State.
This is the first meeting meeting Wisconsin and Army.