Yours truly was at Soldier Field and witnessed the one-sided victory by the Badgers. Make no mistake about it, Wisconsin is for real. Having said that, NIU has a lot of work to do on the defensive side of the ball. In my opinion, this will not be a one year makeover. We've got holes to fill on the D line and linebacker. Fortunately we have a head coach with strong defensive credentials.
I was really disappointed in our offensive performance, but I did some evaluation after the game. We don't have a Wolffe or Spann in the backfield to help open up the passing game. Hopkins has speed and moves, but I have my doubts about Womble....time will tell. Harnish certainly has running skills, but the Badgers shut that down.
Bottom line: this team is a "work in progress" and combine that with a whole new coaching staff. This may require some patience from the Huskie Nation.