The Wisconsin Badgers haven’t lost a step this year after losing their head coach this offseason. Bret Bielama left for greener pastures (also known as mo money) at Arkansas, and many thought the physical Wisconsin brand of power running football went with him.
Not so, as running back Melvin Gordon has bulldozed his way to 1074 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns thus far. He and fellow back James White have been the most dominant force in college football on the ground.
Against the Iowa Hawkeyes this past week, White, the redshirt senior, ran for 132 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns. He is “quietly” the active FBS leader in career rushing yards (3,375) and rushing touchdowns (41), as he’s played much of his career at UW alongside current Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball.
White has usually been asked to pound out some of the hard yards between the tackles and in short-yardage situations this season, yet he’s still managed to gain 804 yards and average 6.3 yards a carry on the season.
White leads Wisconsin with 108 rushing attempts, and Gordon is at 107. The two will look to keep powering through defenders this week against the BYU Cougars, and if the Badgers can run the gauntlet through the rest of their schedule, they could fins themselves getting a BCS at-large bid.