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Fall Camp: Week 1 (Aug. 10-13)
Fall Camp: Week 2 (Aug. 16-20)
Fall Camp: Week 3 (Aug. 23-27)
Week 1: UNLV (Aug. 30 - Sept. 3)
Week 2: San Jose State (Sept. 6-10)
Week 3: Arizona State (Sept. 13-17)
Week 4: Austin Peay (Sept. 20-24)
• Week 5: Michigan State (Sept. 27 - Oct. 1)
• Week 6: Minnesota (Oct. 4-8)
• Week 7: Ohio State (Oct. 11-15)
• Week 8: Iowa (Oct. 18-22)
• Week 9: Bye (Oct. 25-29)
• Week 10: Purdue (Nov. 1-5)
• Week 11: Indiana (Nov. 8-12)
• Week 12: Michigan (Nov. 15-19)
• Week 13: Northwestern (Nov. 22-26)

Friday, Oct. 1

The Wisconsin football team opens the Big Ten portion of its 2010 schedule with a visit to Michigan State on Saturday. The game will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. (CT) and can be seen on ABC.

Head coach Bret Bielema addressed the media following the No. 11 Wisconsin football team's practice Thursday, and UWBadgers.com was there to get Bielema's thoughts on facing No. 24 Michigan State.

Bielema previews Michigan State Small Video Graphic

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 Morning Newsstand

UW quarterback Scott Tolzien hit pause and explained what he was seeing on the big screen hanging down in the offensive meeting room at Camp Randall Stadium. High safeties. Quarters coverage. Cloud. Cover 2. Footballspeak. Welcome to Film Study, 101.
  • UWBadgers.com: Tolzien's exhaustive approach a study in preparation
  • UWBadgers.com: Tolzien named semifinalist for William V. Campbell Trophy

You can understand why tight end Lance Kendricks and cornerback Niles Brinkley might have some painful recollections from Wisconsin's last trip to Michigan State. Literally painful for Kendricks, who broke his leg. Figuratively painful for Brinkley who got "attacked.'' By his own admission.
  • UWBadgers.com: Brinkley, Kendricks put 'pain' in the past

Junior safety Aaron Henry, who returned his first career punt a week ago against Austin Peay, is set to assume punt return duties Saturday against Michigan State.
  • Yahoo.com: Henry set to return punts against MSU
  • Madison.com: Wagner to start; Gilreath to play but won't return kicks

John Clay and Greg Jones will likely meet several times on Saturday, when No. 11 UW opens Big Ten play against the No. 24 Spartans. What makes this meeting a little more unique is Clay, a junior, and Jones, a senior, are the reigning Big Ten players of the year on offense and defense, respectively.
  • Madison.com: Michigan State game to feature Big Ten players of the year
  • Madison.com: Badgers have greatly reduced penalties, after lesson of 2008

Adam Rittenberg makes his pick for the Wisconsin-Michigan State game and Robert Smith breaks the game down to see what each teams needs to do to stay undefeated.
  • ESPN.com: Predicting Wisconsin-Michigan State Small Video Graphic  |  Wisconsin vs. MSU Small Video Graphic

Not only do the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans (4-0) qualify as a familiar opponent for No. 11 Wisconsin (4-0) as time conference foes, they also happen to look an awful lot like the Badgers on the field.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Badgers meet Spartans in conference opener
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers face first true test against MSU

Scott Tolzien's 10-yard touchdown pass to reserve tight end Jacob Pedersen  in Wisconsin's rout of Austin Peay didn't generate much buzz, despite the high degree of difficulty and the fact the play capped an efficient 60-yard drive in the final 2 minutes of the first half.
  • JSOnline.com: UW tight end catching on nicely

Montee Ball's role as a runner has diminished somewhat due to the emergence of freshman James White, who ran for 145 yards last week against Austin Peay. Still, Ball has been a factor in the passing game with eight receptions for 66 yards.
  • Madison.com: When it comes to pass-catching, Montee is on the ball
  • Madison.com: Despite Ewing's success, expect to see more Groy at fullback

One of the critical off-season questions facing Wisconsin's defense was: Who would replace the productivity, leadership and energy provided by end O'Brien Schofield? Schofield is hundreds of miles away, a rookie with the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL, but it appears his influence remains vibrant inside the UW locker room.
  • JSOnline.com: UW ends take cues from Schofield

After two years away from competitive action, redshirt freshman Jon Budmayr gets his first state of college football, just in time for the start of Big Ten play.
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: This Bud's for you Small Video Graphic  |  Spotlight on Cadogan

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 Monitoring Michigan State

When No. 24 MSU and No. 11 Wisconsin face off Saturday at Spartan Stadium (3:30, ABC), there won't be any secrets as to what the other team is going to do to win.
  • StateNews.com: Spartans, Badgers looking for advantage against similar opponent

In a career that already had undergone a major change, Keith Nichol didn't know at the time that his hustle play at the end of the Oct. 10, 2009 game against Illinois -- which the Spartans won 24-14 -- would set off a series of events that would lead to a more unlikely change.
  • StateNews.com: Finding his place

ESPN ranked 218 high school running backs in the 2010 signing class higher than Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell. But entering the fifth week of the 2010 season, Bell's 99-yards-per-game rushing average puts him 30th nationally and fifth in the Big Ten. He leads the conference with seven rushing touchdowns.
  • FreeP.com: Bell defies recruiting rankings with scorching start

Michigan State junior Kirk Cousins and Wisconsin senior Scott Tolzien aren't two names that immediately come to mind, but both are leading top 25 teams into Saturday's game in East Lansing.
  • GreenAndWhite.com: QBs similar for Spartans, Badgers

The Big Ten  conference schedule gets under way Saturday. Here are three things we've learned about the Spartans in their four victories against nonconference opponents:
  • DetNews.com: Three things we've learned about MSU

Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones will make his reads, shed blockers and stand ready for collisions with Wisconsin running back John Clay. It's the showcase individual matchup in Saturday's Big Ten Conference opener at Spartan Stadium that features a pair of 4-0 nationally ranked teams.
  • MLive.com: Spotlight is on matchup between Jones and Clay

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 Badgers in the Pros

Owen Daniels was held out of practice on Thursday with a hamstring injury.
  • NBCSports.com: Owen Daniels held out with hamstring injury

While he was preparing for a wedding and his first season in the NFL, three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Joe Thomas watched his future mother-in-law battle breast cancer.
  • ClevelandBrowns.com: Thomas saw battle first-hand

DeAndre Levy likely won't play on Sunday due to groin and calf injuries.
  • DetNews.com: Suh sticking with aggressive style

As Lee Evans appears in his 100th career game as a Bill on Sunday, there will be a solid contingent of 83 jerseys in the stands from Bedford, Ohio as well.
  • BuffaloBills.com: Evans clan always on hand

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayA view of Camp Randall Stadium during the Badgers' game against Austin Peay, Sept. 25, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@JJWatt99 |  Games like this are the reason you come to play in the Big Ten. Headed out to East Lansing, see you on the field tomorrow. #DBWH
Posted Oct. 1 at 9:34 a.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Alison Kiesling Price in response to 'Bret Bielema looks ahead to Michigan State' ... "Glad to hear that Nick is back, and David is too!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

In two career games against Michigan State, UW running back John Clay has rushed for 253 yards and two TDs on 46 carries (5.5 yards/carry.)

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game at Michigan State (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC).


Thursday, Sept. 30

The Wisconsin football team opens the Big Ten portion of its 2010 schedule with a visit to Michigan State on Saturday. The game will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. (CT) and can be seen on ABC.

The No. 11 Wisconsin football team's defense is sure to be tested against a stout Michigan State running game Saturday, something the Badgers are used to facing in practice every day. UWBadgers.com discussed the issue with Jordan Kohout and Culmer St. Jean on Wednesday.

Kohout, St. Jean examine challenge facing defense Small Video Graphic

Pylon
 Morning Newsstand

For the second consecutive week, Wisconsin senior Lance Kendricks has been honored as the John Mackey Tight End of the Week.
  • UWBadgers.com: Kendricks named John Mackey Tight End of the Week

Senior defensive back Jay Valai and three hulking defensive linemen - juniors J.J. Watt and Patrick Butrym and sophomore David Gilbert - hauled wagons loaded with toys to the girls and boys at the American Family Children's Hospital last Friday.
  • UWHealth.org: UW football players, Bucky Badger brighten patients' day

Based on the results of the latest Associated Press top 25 media poll, it is clear some voters question whether Wisconsin is a legitimate top 10 team. Perhaps those opinions will change if UW opens Big Ten play Saturday with a road victory over Michigan State. The meeting may also reveal whether the Spartans are a legitimate top 10 team - in stopping the run.
  • JSOnline.com: Running game will be key in Badgers-Spartans matchup
  • JSOnline.com: UW's penalties way down since infamous 2008 Spartans game

There's something about offensive linemen at UW that not only makes them great observers of the world, but affords them the ability to thoughtfully, humourously express themselves. Sophomore center Peter Konz is the latest in a long line.
  • Madison.com: Five good minutes with Konz

One starred at halfback in high school. The other takes half of his practice snaps at guard on the offensive line. Meet Bradie Ewing and Ryan Groy, the 2010 fullback duo for the Wisconsin football team.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Fullback duo finding their way

Football fans love quarterbacks with big arms. Wide receivers are no different. But when push comes to shove, given a choice between a strong-armed quarterback and an accurate one, University of Wisconsin junior wide receiver Nick Toon has no doubt where he falls.
  • Madison.com: Tolzien's accuracy is his hallmark  |  Toon ready to get back

Mike Taylor said he finally feels like he's getting back to his old self after tearing a ligament and most of the cartilage in his right knee last year.
  • AP.org: Wisconsin LB Taylor finally confident after injury
  • BadgerHerald.com: Taylor, Badgers set for potent MSU running game

A turf toe injury suffered at UNLV early on in week one has sidelined Nick Toon for the past three weeks. Now, with the Big Ten opener just around the corner, he has been cleared to play.
  • Yahoo.com: Toon set to return to the field
  • Madison.com: Toon ready to get back on to the field
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Back in Toon Small Video Graphic

That wait is soon to be over for David Gilreath. The question remaining is will the coaching staff throw him back into the same role as punt returner?
  • Yahoo.com: Gilreath hopes to continue returning punts

The Wisconsin-Michigan State game pairs the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in John Clay against the reigning Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Year in Greg Jones, who also has been named back-to-back preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
  • ESPN.com: Jones vs. Clay: Big Ten's best on display  |  Scout's Edge (Insider)
  • ESPN.com: Chat  |  Kiper's Big Board  |  Predictions  |  What to watch

Pylon
 Monitoring Michigan State

The State News has four matchups to watch during Saturday's game.
  • StateNews.com: Matchup between MSU, Wisc., will be won in trenches

Some new décor appeared at the Duffy Daugherty Football Building over the past week to herald the start of Big Ten play for Michigan State.
  • FreeP.com: Michigan State LB Greg Jones: Rose Bowl is our focus

The Spartans have collected 11 turnovers in a 4-0 start after totaling just 14 in 13 games last season.
In addition, they have committed just six turnovers for a plus-5 turnover ratio, or plus-1.25 turnover margin per game. MSU is 14th in the NCAA in turnover margin.
  • MLive.com: Spartans look to continue success at forcing turnovers

Senior linebacker Jon Misch, a classically trained pianist and humanities major, has considered business, education, music, journalism and various combinations of the four. But if all goes well, he'll be back on that MSU sideline in the fall of 2011, starting a coaching career as a graduate assistant and helping young linebackers such as Chris Norman and Denicos Allen improve.
  • GreenAndWhite.com: Misch mashes

After four games, there's little doubt as to who Kirk Cousins looks for now when he needs that big pass, the one to keep a drive going or get the Spartans out of a big hole: junior wide receiver B.J. Cunningham.
  • DetNews.com: Cunningham has become Cousins' go-to receiver

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 Badgers in the Pros

DeAndre Levy missed practice on Wednesday and isn't likely to play on Sunday.
  • DetNews.com: Five Lions starters miss practice

OL Joe Thomas talks about preparing for the Bengals
  • ClevelandBrowns.com: Joe Thomas interview Small Video Graphic

It's been a rough start to the season for Mark Tauscher, who was responsible for 1½ sacks in the opener against Philadelphia. It's fair to wonder whether Tauscher can hold up over the course of a full season against quality defensive ends, though head coach Mike McCarthy stood behind the former University of Wisconsin athlete during a news conference Tuesday.
  • Madison.com: Despite penalties, McCarthy backs veteran tackles
  • Packers.com: T Mark Tauscher interview Small Video Graphic

On Sunday, Lee Evans will play in his 100th career game when the Bills host the New York Jets, without missing any due to injury, and starting all but seven.
  • BuffaloBills.com: Highs and lows through Evans' first 100

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayDB Andrew Lukasko during the Badgers' game against Austin Peay, Sept. 25, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@JJWatt99 |  Great article about our Hospital visit last week. Thank you to the GBO for donating the toys for this great event... http://bit.ly/bArOHs
Posted Sept. 29 at 9:33 p.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Steve Wobig in response to 'Wisconsin defense looks ahead to Michigan State' ... "Could be a special season if they can get the next 4..."  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

The Badgers are allowing just 94.5 rushing yards per game. Dating back to last season, they have held 12 of their last 14 opponents under 100 yards on the ground.

Wisconsin's opponents have scored just one rushing touchdown this season. The Badgers are one of just 13 teams in the country to have allowed less than two rushing TDs this season. Dating back to last year, UW has allowed just five rushing TDs in the last 14 games.

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game at Michigan State (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC).


Wednesday, Sept. 29

The Wisconsin football team opens the Big Ten portion of its 2010 schedule with a visit to Michigan State on Saturday. The game will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. (CT) and can be seen on ABC.

The Wisconsin football team continued preparing for Saturday's Big Ten opener against Michigan State on Tuesday, and UWBadgers.com caught up with quarterback Scott Tolzien after practice to get his take on the UW offense.

Tolzien takes stock of offense Small Video Graphic

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 Morning Newsstand

Wide receivers Nick Toon (turf toe) and David Gilreath (concussion) practiced and neither reported any physical issues.
  • JSOnline.com: Toon, Gilreath practice without issues; Tolzien impressed

It's no fluke that true freshman running back James White has already worked his way into the rotation this season for the Wisconsin Badgers. His high school football background, rich with two Florida state championships earned at one of the most prolific prep programs in the county, already had him prepared for the college level.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Blame coaching for White's early success

After free safety Aaron Henry made a big hit to break up a pass against Austin Peay last Saturday, some teammates joked with Jay Valai on the sidelines that he'd lost his title as the defense's hardest hitter.
  • Madison.com: Henry has thunder, but he knows he needs good tackling as well

Wisconsin Badgers football coach Bret Bielema has seemingly been fielding questions about the number of carries for junior tailback John Clay from nearly everybody.
  • Madison.com: Bielema can't seem to escape questions about Clay

Adam Rittenberg has three keys for Wisconsin if it wants to break into the ranks of the elite.
  • ESPN.com: What Wisconsin needs Small Video Graphic  |  Heisman update  |  Stock report

Pat Forde of ESPN.com calls next month's home game against Ohio State as one of 10 games in October that will most directly shape the national championship chase.
  • ESPN.com: Dash of reviews and previews

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 Monitoring Michigan State

Mark Dantonio returned to work as Michigan State football coach this week, hoping to be a changed man.
  • Madison.com: Dantonio plans to be back against the Badgers
  • ESPN.com: Return should lift Spartans  |  Dantonio's news conference Small Video Graphic
  • FreeP.com: Dantonio to coach from press box  |  Dantonio thanks all for support
  • DetNews.com: Dantonio returns  |  Spartans get boost from coach's return
  • MLive.com: Dantonio wants focus on Wisconsin  |  Won't stay in press box long 
  • MLive.com: Players welcome return

This season the ground game appears to be the first thought each day for MSU offensive coordinator Don Treadwell.
  • JSOnline.com: Michigan State ground game gains balance, talent  |  Michigan State analysis: Two key weaknesses

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 Badgers in the Pros

Chris Chambers is serving as a temporary coach for the Kansas City Chiefs during their bye week.
  • KansasCity.com: Players get to coach during Chiefs' week off the field

Lee Evans took part in a charity event for 2500 elementary school kids in Buffalo.
  • BuffaloBills.com: Bills players rock Kleinhans

Head coach Mike McCarthy addressed the play of Green Bay's tackles, including RT Mark Tauscher, at his news conference.
  • Packers.com: Mike McCarthy Press Conf. Transcript - Sept. 28

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWR Jared Abbrederis runs after making a catch during the Badgers' game against Austin Peay, Sept. 25, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@ESPN_BigTen |  Bielema says wide receivers Nick Toon and David Gilreath are 100 percent for MSU game. WRs "gives us some stability and some production."
Posted Sept. 28 at roughly 11:00 a.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Kaihan Ashtiani in response to 'Tolzien takes stock of offense' ... "One of the better QB's Wisconsin has had over the years. Very confidence inspiring guy /a leader. With Gilreath, Toon, and Clay /White, the game plan should be complete! Go Badgers!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

Wisconsin vs. Michigan State is one of just three games in the country this week to pit to a pair of 4-0 teams against each other. The others are Stanford at Oregon and Florida at Alabama.

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game at Michigan State (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC).


Tuesday, Sept. 28

The Wisconsin football team opens the Big Ten portion of its 2010 schedule with a visit to Michigan State on Saturday. The game will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. (CT) and can be seen on ABC.

Head coach Bret Bielema met with the media at Monday's press conference.

Watch archived video Small Video Graphic  |  Read full transcript

Pylon
 Morning Newsstand

In case you missed a pair of stories yesterday from UWBadgers.com, Wisconsin's Homecoming game against Minnesota will air on the Big Ten Network at 11 a.m. (CT) on Oct. 9, and James White was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
  • UWBadgers.com: Battle for the Axe to air on Big Ten Network  |  White named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

The rankings - No. 9 in the USA Today coaches' poll and No. 11 in The Associated Press media poll - suggest Wisconsin is positioned for what could be a memorable football season. Yet with the Big Ten Conference opener at Michigan State (4-0, No. 21 USA Today, No. 24 AP) set for Saturday, one nagging question remains: Is Bret Bielema's fifth UW team as good as those numbers suggest?
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers close to full strength to start Big Ten play  |  Badgers Roundtable -- Austin Peay/Michigan State
 
The Badgers open conference play on Saturday at Michigan State and the similarities between the two programs are striking.
  • Madison.com: Similarities with Spartans are striking

Coming off of an impressive 70-3 triumph over Austin Peay, head coach Bret Bielema is enthused by the relative health of his football team as it prepares to enter Big Ten play against Michigan State.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Bielema, Badgers eye Big Ten play  |  What a 70-3 Badger win taught us  |  Grades

Head coach Bret Bielema discussed some of the key players in Saturday's win over Austin Peay, as well as the Badgers' upcoming game and Big Ten opener at Michigan State.
  • DailyCardinal.com: No time for Badgers to dwell on Austin Peay win

There are lots of reasons to discount Wisconsin's lopsided win over an overmatched opponent. Still, the No. 11 Badgers are feeling good heading into the Big Ten opener Saturday against No. 24 Michigan State. Wisconsin (4-0) limited its mistakes and found some much-needed rhythm during its 70-3 rout of Austin Peay over the weekend.
  • AP.org: No. 11 Wisconsin preps for Spartans after big win

John Clay sits at No. 5 in Pre-Snap Read's Heisman watch.
  • PreSnapRead.com: P.S.R. 2010 Heisman Watch: Week 5

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 Monitoring Michigan State

Mark Dantonio wasn't on the Michigan State sideline last week. The veteran head coach isn't expected to be there this week when Wisconsin (4-0, No. 9 USA Today/No. 11 AP) travels to play the Spartans (4-0, No. 21 USA Today/No. 24 AP) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the teams' Big Ten Conference opener.
  • JSOnline.com: Stricken coach inspires Michigan State  |  Book on MSU

When senior linebacker Greg Jones intercepted the first pass of his career just five plays into the game against Northern Colorado, offensive coordinator Don Treadwell said he couldn't have asked for a better beginning.
  • StateNews.com: Quick start a pleasant surprise for Treadwell

Mark Dantonio  had an appointment with his cardiologist Monday, and Michigan State soon should learn his status for Saturday's game against Wisconsin. Meanwhile, offensive coordinator Don Treadwell said Monday that he and the rest of the coaching staff are preparing as they usually would.
  • FreeP.com: Don Treadwell forges ahead as Mark Dantonio recovers

Through four games, Michigan State has learned several things.
  • DetNews.com: Spartans have passed their early tests

Each week during football season, Joe Rexrode asks and tries to answer three pressing questions on the Spartans.
  • GreenAndWhite.com: Spartan defense will be tested by Badgers' brute force

This is a game that potentially could tip the season from good to better, or good to trouble. Michigan State doesn't necessarily have to win it to have a winning season, because plenty of time and games remain. It's a big home game if the Spartans want a shot at the Big Ten championship, though. And it will be huge for confidence.
  • MLive.com: Penalties, lack of pass rush a concern  |  UW to be Spartans' first test

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 Badgers in the Pros

Owen Daniels was a guest on Doug Gottlieb's radio show last Friday.
  • ESPN.com: Owen Daniels, Texans http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif

DeAndre Levy wasn't sharp in his first game back from a groin injury. Levy had just two tackles and looked tentative at times, including when he bounced off Adrian Peterson.
  • FreeP.com: Grading the Lions in their loss in Minnesota

Kraig Urbik made his NFL debut on Sunday for Buffalo.
  • BuffaloNews.com: Gronkowski's TD for Pats is a crowd pleaser

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayDL Eriks Briedis tries to fight off a block during the Badgers' game against Austin Peay, Sept. 25, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BigTenScott |  OSU's Terrelle Pryor and WIS' Scott Tolzien named among honorable mention picks for Davey O'Brien QB of the Week award.
Posted Sept. 27 at 12:31 p.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Larry Wagner in response to 'White named Big Ten Freshman of the Week' ... "more good things to come from JW."  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

Wisconsin is 4-0 for the second consecutive season and sixth time in the last nine years. Dating back to last season, UW has won six consecutive games. That is tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the country (only Alabama, Boise State and Ohio State have longer streaks) and the Badgers' longest streak since winning 14 straight in 2006-07. UW enters Big Ten play undefeated for the seventh-straight season.

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game at Michigan State (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC).


Monday, Sept. 27

The Wisconsin football team improved to 3-0 with its 20-19 win over Arizona State on Saturday. Check out complete postgame coverage from UWBadgers.com featuring game highlights, photos, locker room reactions, analysis and more.

Head coach Bret Bielema meets with the media at Monday's press conference at 12:30 p.m.

Watch Live at 12:30 p.m. Small Video Graphic

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 Afternoon Newsstand

With the Badgers leading the Governors 49-3 at halftime, the UW coaches did what they wanted to do in the first three weeks -- get Jon Budmayr into his first game. Even with the big lead, offensive coordinator Paul Chryst put no restrictions on Budmayr.
  • Madison.com: Backup QB Budmayr sees first action since high school
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers' backups get chance to play
 
James White was the sneaky jab that complemented the power punching of junior starter John Clay, who had 118 yards on 15 attempts and scored on a 12-yard run.
  • Madison.com: UW's RBs were front and center against Austin Peay
  • Yahoo.com: Into the great 'White' open
 
The Wisconsin Badgers football team didn't have a bye last week, but the 70-3 victory over Austin Peay was the next best thing. Being able to rest a couple injured players and holding out so many starters in the second half means the Badgers will be the healthiest they have been all season.
  • Madison.com: Going into Big Ten season, just about everybody available

Wisconsin sits at No. 2 in ESPN.com's latest Big Ten rankings.
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten power rankings  |  One Good Thing Small Video Graphic  |  Review/Preview  |  Building the best Big Ten program

One of the best plays from UW's blowout win over Austin Peay Saturday is buried on the stat sheet. It goes down as just an ordinary incomplete pass in the books. But Aaron Henry's bone-jarring hit on Ashlon Adams in the second quarter of Saturday's game is much more than that. It's a memorable play that sticks out on a day where the Badgers had highlight after highlight after highlight to choose from.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Henry turns corner at free safety

Chris Borland didn't flinch when faced with the question Sunday: Will you be able to return to the Wisconsin lineup in 2011 despite having to undergo another shoulder surgery? "Absolutely," UW's sophomore linebacker said. "I don't have any doubts."
  • JSOnline.com: Borland positive he'll return to field next season
  • Madison.com: Borland confident that surgeons can fix shoulder

Sophomore linebacker Mike Taylor was on the field for more than 50 plays against Arizona State. Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren needed to see only two of those plays to know Taylor is gradually beginning to resemble the player he was before suffering a torn ACL in his right knee in Week 7 last season.
  • JSOnline.com: UW's Taylor starting to look like old self  |  Depth chart musings

University of Wisconsin junior defensive ends J.J. Watt and Louis Nzegwu don't spend all of their waking time together. It only seems that way.
  • Madison.com: Double threat -- Watt, Nzegwu a tandem on and off the field

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 Morning Newsstand

In previous wins over UNLV and San Jose State, the Badgers took early leads but missed opportunities to put the game away. This time, they kept pouring it on. Part of it has to do with the opponent, though the players could only control how they played.
  • Madison.com: Record rout for Badgers who now look ahead to Michigan State  |  Postgame reaction Small Video Graphic Notes  |  Grades
 
UW's 70-3 victory demolition of Austin Peay on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium, which was over when the visitors won the coin toss and deferred, looked and felt like the annual intrasquad game.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers run wild in historic blowout  |  Report card  |  Big victory paves way for Big Ten play  |  Badger Report
 

The Badgers got what they wanted out of this one, as they used a lot of personnel, jumped ahead early and never looked back.
  • ESPN.com: Wisconsin scores record 70 points in win  |  Helmet Stickers

Seventy points. Six hundred and eighteen total yards. Three hundred and eighty-five push-ups for Bucky. Those were the numbers for the No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers (4-0) and their unfortunate mascot Saturday afternoon, as UW demolished Austin Peay (2-2) 70-3 at Camp Randall Stadium.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers lay down law on Governors, 70-3  |  Badger backs break through in blowout

If Wisconsin fans had any concerns about UW's inability to overwhelm a non-conference team this season, they should feel better now.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Lucky number 70: Wisconsin rolls to 4-0  |  Offensive efficiency shines against lowly Governors

When Bucky Badger does 385 pushups in one Saturday afternoon, it's a good bet his school is lighting up the scoreboard inside Camp Randall.
  • Yahoo.com: Clicking on all cylinders, UW rolls Austin Peay  |  Series by series

Even as the points piled up in an epic rout, freshman running back James White stood out. White rushed for 145 yards and four scores as No. 11 Wisconsin steamrolled Austin Peay 70-3 on Saturday.
  • AP.org: No. 11 Wisconsin routs Austin Peay 70-3  |  Big win a warmup, Wisconsin prepares for Big Ten

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 Analyzing Austin Peay

APSU falls to no. 10 Wisconsin Badgers 70-3 at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday.
  • TheAllState.org: Govs Badgered by No. 10 Wisconsin 70-3

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 Badgers in the Pros

Travis Beckum tied his career high with two receptions while setting a new career high with 23 receiving yards, but the Giants lost to Tennessee, 29-10.
  • NFL.com: Tennessee 29, New York Giants 10

Owen Daniels had a season-high three catches for 27 yards as Houston lost its first game of the season, 27-13 to Dallas.
  • NFL.com: Dallas 27, Houston 13

DeAndre Levy made his season debut, recording two tackles in the Lions' 24-10 loss to Minnesota.
  • NFL.com: Minnesota 24, Detroit 10

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayRB James White carries the ball during the Badgers' game against Austin Peay, Sept. 25, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BigTenScott |  RT @BTNStatsGuy: Ridiculous Big Ten totals from Saturday: 428 points, 5,212 offensive yards, 55 TD (29 rush, 26 pass), 7.2 yards per play.
Posted Sept. 27 at 8:19 a.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Larry Wagner in response to 'Badgers dominate in final non-conference tuneup, 70-3' ... "best news is they got to play some of the 2nd and third string guys for half the game, get em some playing time in a real game . Badgers did exactly what they should have done blow em out ! need to get them banged up starters back in action now !! GO BADGERS !!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

Junior RB John Clay has run for at least 100 yards in 10 straight games. That is the longest active streak in the country. The next-longest streak is just four games, shared by four players (Denard Robinson - Michigan, Mark Ingram - Alabama, Mikel Leshoure - Illinois, Derrick Locke - Kentucky).

Clay has also scored at least one touchdown in each of the last 10 games. That is also the longest active streak in the country. The next-longest TD streak is eight games by both Navy QB Ricky Dobbs and Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rodgers.

Over those 10 games, Clay has rushed for 1,302 yards on 211 carries (6.2 ypc.) with 17 TDs.

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