Tom Oates: Badgers still working to forge an identity | Sports – Arizona News

Tom Oates: Badgers still working to forge an identity | Sports – Arizona News

PROVO, Utah — In whipping two overmatched opponents at home to open the season, the University of Wisconsin football team hasn’t established much of anything. Even the Badgers agree on that.

“The season’s young,” coach Paul Chryst said this week. “We don’t know who we are yet. We’re finding it and we know what we can be, but until you do it, you can’t write the story yet.”

That’s the polar opposite of last year. Or the year before. Or the year before that.

UW produced volumes of information when it opened the previous three seasons with neutral-site games against SEC powers LSU (twice) and Alabama. Every year, the Badgers were forced to hit the ground running or risk getting run over.

But with Utah State and Florida Atlantic as the first two teams on this year’s schedule, the Badgers were able to hit the ground jogging. Though they did plenty of impressive things in both games, they made enough mistakes to give the opponents hope, which prevented anyone from drawing any lasting conclusions about how good 10th-ranked UW really is.

“I don’t think it changed our approach and the opportunities for growth,” Chryst said. “I think you’re always trying to find it, whether you open up with a big game like LSU, a ranked opponent, or the ones we’ve had. I think you’re stressed a little bit differently and maybe that way it’s a little bit different, but we’ve just got to keep helping these guys try to become the best team they can be and that starts with…

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