Mike Lucas has more than 38 years under his belt covering Badgers sports for the Madison Capitol Times. Along with national, regional and local writing awards, Lucas has been twice named the Sportswriter of the Year in Wisconsin. He also has more than 15 years as color analyst on Wisconsin Radio Network for Badger football and basketball. You can see Mike hosts his weekly television show, Sidelines on WISC TV (Ch.3-Ch.14). Lucas has authored five books: Barry's Badgers, the chronicleof the 1993 Rose Bowl Season; Five Golden Rings; the Saga of Wisconsin Hockey; The 25 Greatest Moments in Camp Randall History; Don't Flinch, the Barry Alvarez autobiography; and Another Hill to Climb, the Bo Ryan autobiography.
Matt Lepay is a native of Dayton, Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio State University (degree in journalism). He is the radio voice of Wisconsin Badgers Football and Basketball(football since 1994 and basketball since 1988-89) and a five-time Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year (as selected by state media members). You may have seen him on TV as the host of the Badgers Sports Report with UW coaches Bret Bielema and Bo Ryan. He also co-hosts Badgers Sportstalk radio shows with Mike Lucas.
After turning off the microphone as the analyst for the Badger Radio Network, UWBadgers.com Insider Mike Lucas offers some final thoughts on Wisconsin's 70-31 win over Nebraska at Lucas Oil Stadium.
They call it the "Zebra'' formation; an exaggerated shift which is designed to put doubt into a defense. It worked to perfection; like just about everything else against Nebraska. This was the perfect storm, as the Rematch for Redemption was a mismatch.
It was not an old-fashioned butt-kicking as much as it was a "new'' fashioned butt-kicking in that the Badgers unveiled some new looks, and tweaked some old ones, which kept the Cornhuskers off balance and guessing from the very beginning.
Not only did Nebraska have trouble communicating on defense, but it couldn't tackle what it couldn't catch. The Badgers put their speed in space: Montee Ball, James White and Melvin Gordon and the Huskers were clueless in their adjustments.
The unorthodox formations compounded their problems.