Wisconsin Badgers Upset In Humiliating Fashion, Fans Should Be Very Concerned

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Wisconsin’s football fans should be absolutely furious after losing to Washington State.

The Cougars pulled off a shocking 17-14 upset against the Badgers in Camp Randall, and to say I’m sick to my stomach would be an understatement.

I shouldn’t be shocked, but I am. Every single year, I manage to convince myself the Badgers will make some noise. Yet, there’s always an issue.

In fact, my OutKick bio reads in part that I’m “a college football fanatic who foolishly convinces himself every season the Wisconsin Badgers will finally win a national title.”

New year, same movie. Wisconsin was favored by at least -17 at most books, and we still blew it. If you’re not absolutely disgusted right now, you’re not paying attention.

We went from having playoff aspirations to being .500 within a couple weeks of the season starting. I could vomit.

What exactly cost us this game? For once, it wasn’t Graham Mertz. In fact, the junior QB played reasonably well on his way to throwing for 227 yards, two touchdowns and an interception that was immediately fumbled. And while Braelon Allen didn’t have his best game, he rushed for a respectable 98 yards.

However, what absolutely cooked the Badgers today was an atrocious kicking game, a lack of creativity across the board and unacceptable turnovers.

Seriously, how could our kicking game have been any worse? We blew *MULTIPLE* kicks that should have been easy, and one missed by a distance a small nuclear weapon couldn’t have covered.

Again, the passing game is usually the problem, but it wasn’t today. When Mertz plays well and we don’t score more than two touchdowns, Wisconsin is cooked.

If I showed you Mertz’s stat line and said he put up those numbers against WSU, nobody would have assumed we lost.

Not only did we somehow find a way to lose in absolutely maddening fashion, but we did it in a nationally broadcast game on Fox.

Washington State humiliates Wisconsin. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

I’m hurt, stunned and frankly, losing faith in a football program that once used to be so dependable. We didn’t even make it past September without a loss this year, and with Ohio State looming September 24, this situation might start to really unravel in a couple weeks. What an absolutely pathetic day for Wisconsin football.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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