After starting the season a promising 6-0 and climbing to a No. 4 national ranking, the Badgers have dropped their past two games -- in two of the most brutal finishes of the college football season.
Last week, after the Badgers got out to a 14-0 lead, Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins connected with wide receiver Keith Nichol on the Hail Mary of all Hail Marys. A tipped pass in the end zone ended up in Nichol's hands, who essentially fell forward with no time left on the clock to give Michigan State the thrilling 37-31 win.
Fast-forward to Saturday, where Wisconsin found itself in a similar position. After a four-play, 71-yard drive gave the Badgers a 29-26 lead with 1 minute, 54 seconds left in the game, Ohio State answered with a gigantic punch to the gut.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller threw a 40-yard touchdown to wide receiver Devin Smith with 43 seconds left to take the wind completely out of Wisconsin's sails for the second straight week.
Two weeks. Two losses. Ten combined points.
The Badgers are now 6-2 (2-2 Big Ten) and sit well out of contention for the Big Ten Leaders Division. (Penn State leads the division with a 5-0 record in conference play.) Even if Wisconsin runs the table with the rest of its schedule -- Purdue, at Minnesota, at Illinois, Penn State -- the Badgers are far from guaranteed the top spot in the Leaders Division.
And thus, the team with the 10th-ranked offense and 11th-ranked defense in the country may just end up the third- or fourth-best Big Ten team. Unbelievable.
Watch the Ohio State dagger below.