Let's take a look at my top five takeaways from tonight's game in the Instant Analysis.
Wisconsin 59, Utah State 10
1. Not a great performance by the offensive line. I was expecting a dominating showing tonight but our front seven and they really struggled, particularly in that first half. Running lanes were hard to come by and Utah State was getting consistent pressure on Hornibrook in those first 30 mintues. Hopefully some more experience in the non-conference can get them the repetitions they need because the Badgers will have to rely on that unit during conference play.
2. That looked like I was watching the Iowa Hawkeyes receiving core out there at times tonight. Dropped passes, little separation, and no threat of a big play. It's early, but the Badgers will need to find a player or two to step up and become a reliable threat. If not, even for as good as Fumagalli is defenses are going to be able to key in on him too much. Wisconsin needs to find some guys to give Fumagalli some space to operate.
3. I had forgotten how much I miss Rafael Gaglianone. I hope he can stay healthy for the entire season this year. When he lines up for a kick I'm confident the kick is going to go in and I'm also excited to see if he does any dance moves or celebrations after it goes in. So basically the best two traits you can ask for from your kicker.
4. Impressive debut for Jonathon Taylor. Probably not the wisest thing to get too carried away after one game against a poor Mountain West team, but did Running Back U just find their next great running back?
5. We saw A LOT of the Jet Sweep tonight and I liked it. It seemed like that Wisconsin staple was slow to make the transition at times the past couple season into Coach Chryst's playbook. It was there, but not often featured. We got a lot of it tonight and seemed to be a focal point of the offense. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find many Badgers fans that don't love the Jet Sweep. The offense seems to click when it gets mixed in and it provides the offense with a 'big-play' potential that it desperately lacks at times.