The Wisconsin Badgers have a lot to prove this weekend. Last week, the Badgers played the Northern Iowa Panthers from the FCS. As Vegas predicted the Badgers at over 30, many thought the game would be a blow out. It was far from that. Wisconsin struggled to get the ball moving, however were eventually able to muster some offense. Twice the Badgers were able to go up by 19, but each time was short lived as the Panthers stormed a comeback on each occasion. Wisconsin eventually went on to win 26-21. The Panthers do deserve a lot of credit for fighting the good fight, but some people might have been able to predict this. With a new offense, there was a whispering voice of doubt in the back of some peoples minds. Last week, those whispers turned into shouts and caused panic for the Badgers. It's Danny O'Brien's first year at quarterback taking over for one year transfer superstar, Russell Wilson. All American center Peter Konz is gone as he left for the NFL in spring. Long time offensive coordinator Paul Chryst left to go run the Pittsburgh Panthers program. Though it was O'Brien's first game under helm, he was one of the few brighter moments in last weeks game. O'Brien, a junior transfer from the University of Maryland, went 19 of 23, 219 yards passing and two scores. For the most part, O'Brien seemed to command the offense well. But, he didn't take many long shots down field, staying conservative with short passes until he was able to hook up with Jared Abbrederis for a 53 yard strike. Everyone knows Wisconsin is a run first team, why not take a few more long bombs when the defense cheats up? Is O'Brien scared to throw long passes? Or is Matt Canada staying too conservative? Montee Ball needs a better week. Last week, Ball rushed for over 100 yards on 21 carries, but it was considered an off day based on his caliber. Ball struggled to break threw and burst for large gains like he did last year. However, the blame might not be all pinned on Ball. There were many times when Northern Iowa's defensive linemen and linebackers broke through the line to snag Ball in the backfield. That's something that Wisconsin is not known for, especially against a FCS team. But with a different line, it might have been predictable. Wisconsin has always been known for developing great offensive linemen and providing excellent protection. The Badgers o-line will definitely need to group together, mark their men and hit their blocks this week. Last year when Oregon State came to Madison, Wisconsin shut them out by a final of 35-0. Everything worked for them. If Wisconsin wants to hush their naysayers, they're going to have to replicate and win in the same fashion.