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Friday, Oct. 15

The No. 16 Wisconsin football team (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) prepares to take on No. 1 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0) in a 6 p.m. Saturday matchup that will air live on ESPN.

As the No. 16 Wisconsin football team put in its final full day of preparations for No. 1 Ohio State on Thursday, UWBadgers.com was there as head coach Bret Bielema met with the media after practice.

Bielema looks at matchup with Buckeyes Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

Mike Lucas wraps up his three-part series which examines Wisconsin's wins over No.1-ranked teams.
  • UWBadgers.com: Taking down No. 1, part two  |  Part three

J.J. Watt and Ohio State wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher took some time this week to give their thoughts on Saturday's Big Ten matchup between the No. 1 Buckeyes and No. 18 Badgers in Madison.
  • SportingNews.com: SN player diaries -- Watt and Sanzenbacher

Head coach Bret Bielema answered questions on Sports Illustrated's "Just Askin'" segment.
  • SI.com: Bielema -- Just Askin' Small Video Graphic
  • SI.com: Wisconsin looks to dethrone No. 1 Ohio State

"A lack of big plays is an annual concern with UW's grind-it-out offense, which normally utilizes big running backs operating behind a physical offensive line and at least two tight ends. That's not a formula for a quick-strike offense. And it works. The Badgers led the Big Ten Conference in scoring offense last year, averaging 31.8 points per game. They are third this year," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: So far this season, Badgers have been short on long plays

In this notes column, Jeff Potrykus looks at how dangerous Terrelle Pryor can be with his legs, Barry Alvarez speaking to the team last night, Jay Valai's eagnerness to return to the field and Chris Borland's surgery.
  • JSOnline.com: Pryor's legs always a concern for UW

"Tyler Dippel is ready to contribute to the University of Wisconsin football team. In fact, he's beyond ready," says Tom Mulhern in this notes column.
  • Madison.com: Dippel is eager for more action

"J.J. Watt had no guarantees that his college football career would continue past his freshman year at Central Michigan. He just believed. Not many others did, and the fact that the Badgers' best pass rusher was delivering pizzas and mopping floors as a lightly regarded prospect who had already walked away from one college program is where Watt's career could've ended," writes Colin Fly.
  • AP.org: Wisconsin DE Watt goes from pizza boy to punisher
  • Madison.com: Five good minutes with Watt

"Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren has seen Aaron Henry embrace his move from cornerback to free safety and gradually develop into a solid contributor through six games this season.
Now Doeren needs more. Much more," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: UW's Henry getting comfortable at safety

"Short of a visit from the nation's commander-in-chief, the buzz surrounding Saturday's match between the No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers and the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes is as palpable as any campus event this year," writes Parker Gabriel.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Badgers to test Buckeye power
  • DailyCardinal.com: Breaking the Buckeyes  |  Five things to watch

"Jay Valai laughed the other night when asked if Ohio State had recruited him. "Naw," he said. "I'm 5-9. They don't go for short safeties from Euless, Texas." But he goes for them," says Bob Baptist.
  • Dispatch.com: Valai a painful memory

"Wisconsin has embraced the hype surrounding the first visit from a top-ranked to Camp Randall Stadium since 1997, and the program is looking for a signature win for coach Bret Bielema," according to Colin Fly.
  • AP.org: Wisconsin believes stage set for No.1 Ohio State

 Observing Ohio State

Ohio State defensive lineman Cameron Heyward talks about the Buckeyes' defense, defending the No. 1 ranking and what to expect this weekend at Wisconsin on the Scott Van Pelt show.
  • ESPN.com: Cameron Heyward, Ohio State http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif

"Barely two years [after leading his team to a comeback win at Wisconsin], Pryor makes his first trip back to Madison, as No. 1 Ohio State faces No. 18 Wisconsin on Saturday. Once again, he'll have to deal with a rowdy road crowd in an October night game that will shape the Big Ten title race," writes Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: OSU's Pryor grew up on last trip to Madison  |  Pryor breakdown Small Video Graphic  |  Most dangerous player Small Video Graphic

"A lot of people haven't forgotten the fourth-quarter comeback in 2008, the fumble that sat forever on the turf, and Terrelle Pryor's 11-yard dash around left end for the winning touchdown with 1:08 remaining in a 20-17 Ohio State victory. It was a coming-out party for the freshman, now one of the top quarterbacks in the country," writes Rusty Miller.
  • AP.org: Pryor back where he made first big splash

"Devon Torrence misses the bats but not the buses. Early in his career at Ohio State, the senior cornerback juggled minor league baseball and college football for two years before settling on football," says Jim Naveau.
  • LimaOhio.com: OSU's Torrence narrows focus, expands his game

"Freshman right tackle Andrew Norwell enters Saturday's game at Wisconsin in a role that hasn't changed yet is more critical to Ohio State than anyone may have known before last week," according to Doug Lesmerises.
  • Cleveland.com: Norwell could play key role on Saturday

"Every year when Ohio State prepares for Wisconsin, the Buckeyes defense relishes the challenge it will face. That's because, linebacker Ross Homan said, they know the Badgers are going to try to sock 'em in the mouth - as in, play old-school football," writes Tim May.
  • Dispatch.com: Badgers' old-style offense is a new look

 Badgers in the Pros

DeAndre Levy is one of several linebackers battling injuries for Detroit. He missed practice on Thursday.
  • FreeP.com: Lions linebacker injuries just keep piling up  |  Johnson patched up, but status uncertain

Mark Tauscher did not practice on Thursday for Green Bay due to injury.
  • CBS4.com: TE Lee returns to practice for Packers

Owen Daniels says he can't remember the last time he felt this good.
  • HoustonTexans.com: Quotes -- Thursday practice

Michael Bennett missed practice on Thursday due to a hamstring inssue.
  • FootballNewsNow.com: The usual suspects

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Photo of the DayScott Tolzien (16) throws a pass while  John Moffitt (74) provides a block at Ohio State on Oct. 10, 2009.

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 Note of the Day

Since the start of the 2004 season (when head coach Bret Bielema joined the UW coaching staff as defensive coordinator) the Badgers have compiled a 40-4 record at Camp Randall Stadium. That is the best home record in the Big Ten over that span (Ohio State is 40-5 over that time period) and tied for third-best in the country.

Wisconsin's complete notes for this Saturday's game vs. Ohio State (6 p.m. CT, ESPN)

Thursday, Oct. 14

The No. 16 Wisconsin football team (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) prepares to take on No. 1 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0) in a 6 p.m. Saturday matchup that will air live on ESPN.

The Wisconsin football team continued its preparations for No. 1 Ohio State on Wednesday, and UWBadgers.com caught up with DE J.J. Watt and DB Aaron Henry after practice to talk the Buckeyes and the importance of the home crowd.

Watt, Henry talk defending OSU, importance of crowd Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

Mike Lucas has the story of Jacob Pedersen, the Badgers' redshirt freshman tight end who has gone from nearly quitting the team to becoming an integral part of the offense.
  • UWBadgers.com: Pedersen perseverance paying dividends

"It's an important week, of course, for the Wisconsin Badgers' offensive linemen, facing Ohio State's talented front four. That means a lot of the unique wisdom and perspective of senior left guard John Moffitt, which is a good thing for reporters looking for more than the standard quotes," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Humor and insight, in equal doses, from Moffitt
  • Madison.com: O-line will face a stiff test against Ohio State

"Like two seasons ago, UW will rely on more than one running threat because the staff is growing more comfortable using John Clay (6.0 ypc, 115.3 ypg, nine touchdowns) and freshman James White (7.7 ypc, 80.8 ypg and eight touchdowns)," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Wisconsin's twin powers
  • AP.org: Clay, White give No. 18 Wisconsin options at RB

"Aaron Henry may have lost some of his quickness after tearing his ACL in 2007, but he has shown promise since taking over the punt return job, averaging 17.3 yards on just three returns.," says Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: As punt returner, Henry knows what to do with the ball

"UW's challenge Saturday night against No. 1 Ohio State might be more formidable because senior middle linebacker Brian Rolle and senior weak-side linebacker Ross Homan might be the best tandem in the league," Jeff Potrykus writes in this notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: Ohio State's linebackers are a slippery bunch

"One thing Wisconsin hasn't seen in 2010 is a player with the pure talent of Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor," writes Mike Fiammetta.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers bearing down to contain Pryor
  • Madison.com: Scout team makes do trying to impersonate Pryor

"The Badgers are 40-4 on their home field since the start of the 2004 season, the best home mark in the Big Ten during that span (Ohio State is 40-5). Perhaps more impressive, Ohio State is 19-1 in its past 20 Big Ten road games, and the Buckeyes have captured their past eight road contests against ranked Big Ten opponents," Adam Rittenberg writes.
  • ESPN.com: Buckeyes, Badgers will be at their best  |  Keys to the game Small Video Graphic
  • ESPN.com: Stock Report  |  What to watch

"Midway through 2009, especially with the emergence of James White, [John] Clay has heard whispers of doubt topped with rumors circling around his play throughout campus. And he's not for it," says Tom Lea.
  • Yahoo.com: Clay's ankles at 95 percent

"Saturday night's matchup at Camp Randall features a quarterback who has set school records for career QB rating, ranks third among active FBS quarterbacks in completion percentage and is 15-4 as a starter. Oh yeah, the other guy is a Heisman trophy candidate," writes Max Sternberg.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Tolzien overshadowed despite solid numbers
  • Dispatch.com: Patient Tolzien will try to pick his spots

"Wisconsin senior safety Jay Valai was self-diagnosed with "little man's syndrome" well before he became a two-time second-team All-Big Ten selection by the league's coaches in 2008 and '09," according to William Wilkerson.
  • Star-Telegram.com: Wisconsin senior safety needs little motivation

Wisconsin senior cornerback Niles Brinkley and the rest of the Badgers' secondary know they will have a great challenge against Terrelle Pryor and No. 1 Ohio State Saturday.
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Playing to the Brink Small Video Graphic

Check out player interviews with linebacker Culmer St. Jean, free safety Aaron Henry and strong safety Jay Valai, as well as commentary by Badger Herald sports content editor Max Henson, sports editor Adam Holt and associate sports editor Mike Fiammetta.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Herald sports previews Saturday's Ohio State game Small Video Graphic

"When sophomore linebacker Chris Borland went down with a season-ending shoulder injury, Mike Taylor became a pretty good `next man in," Benjamin Worgull writes.
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Taylor steps in for Borland, steps up for Badgers

 Observing Ohio State

Adam Rittenberg looks at what Ohio State needs to do to be successful on the road.
  • ESPN.com: Ohio State road keys Small Video Graphic

"When it comes to being No. 1, Ohio State is No. 3. For the 94th time in the history of The Associated Press college football poll, which dates to 1936, Ohio State is in the top spot. The only teams to be No. 1 more often are Oklahoma (97) and Notre Dame (95)," writes Rusty Miller.
  • AP.org: Ohio State takes top ranking to Wisconsin

"When top-ranked Ohio State meets No. 18 Wisconsin on Saturday, the game almost certainly will be decided by a couple of precious yards -- the ones between their respective offensive and defensive lines," according to Rusty Miller.
  • AP.org: Win up front and you win Ohio State-Wisconsin
  • Cleveland.com: OSU's D-line hopes to avoid a Badger bashing from UW's O-line

"Four days after his running consisted of taking three sacks against Indiana, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor said Wednesday that his previously strained left quad will allow him to do whatever needs to be done at Wisconsin on Saturday," Doug Lesmerises writes.
  • Cleveland.com: Pryor says he's 'full go' for Wisconsin
  • Dispatch.com: Pryor won't allow any limitations

"Possessing a national reputation as one of the loudest and toughest stadiums in all of college football, Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium epitomizes the term "home-field advantage," writes Travis Kozek.
  • TheLantern.com: Camp Randall Stadium notorious for its raucous crowd
  • TheLantern.com: Buckeyes aim to keep Badgers from running wild  |  Five questions to ask

"Measuring Zach Boren's contributions to the Ohio State football team requires going beyond the obvious," writes Ken Gordon.
  • Dispatch.com: Fullback more than just a blocker

 Badgers in the Pros

Jeff Stehle has been waived from Denver's practice squad.
  • DenverPost.com: Broncos taking positive approach

Mark Tauscher is out for Sunday's game against Miami with a shoulder injury.
  • ESPN.com: Dolphins catching breaks from Green Bay

Michael Bennett did not practice Wednesday as he battles a hamstring injury.
  • FootballNewsNow.com: Four times as many Raiders listed on injury report than 49ers

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayJ.J. Watt pressures Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor during last year's contest in Columbus, Ohio (Neil Ament photo)

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 Note of the Day

UW has turned the ball over just four times (two interceptions and two fumbles) this season, tied for second-fewest in the country. The Badgers' top three running backs (John Clay, James White and Montee Ball) have combined for 224 carries and fumbled the ball just once.

Wisconsin has committed just 20 penalties, tied for the fewest in the country. The Badgers' 30.8 penalty yards per game are fourth-fewest in the country.

Wisconsin's complete notes for this Saturday's game vs. Ohio State (6 p.m. CT, ESPN)

Wednesday, Oct. 13

The No. 16 Wisconsin football team (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) prepares to take on No. 1 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0) in a 6 p.m. Saturday matchup that will air live on ESPN.

Senior tight end Lance Kendricks and senior offensive lineman John Moffitt talked with UWBadgers.com about the challenge of facing No. 1 Ohio State after Tuesday's practice

Kendricks, Moffitt discuss Ohio State Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

Mike Lucas takes a look back at Wisconsin's first win over a ranked opponent.
UWBadgers.com: Lucas at Large -- Badgers have history against No. 1

"Somebody used the word "throwback" to describe the Wisconsin Badgers football team's offense to Ohio State coach Jim Tressel on Tuesday during the Big Ten Conference coaches' teleconference," writes Tom Mulhern. "Tressel balked at the notion the Badgers aren't modern in the things they do on offense and praised the creativeness of offensive coordinator Paul Chryst."
  • Madison.com: Nothing old school about Badgers offense to Tressel

"UW's coverage units, which have been solid for the most part but staggered by a handful of big plays, should be tested this week when top-ranked Ohio State visits Camp Randall Stadium," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers emphasize cutting down returns

"The best advantage the University of Wisconsin football team has going for it against top-ranked Ohio State on Saturday might be playing a night game at Camp Randall Stadium," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Night games at Camp Randall are events to remember

"In order to keep him on the field and take advantage of his blocking ability and savvy, the offensive coaches decided to give 6-foot-3, 318-pound, Bill Nagy No. 89 and use him as a tight end in the team's jumbo personnel package (two tight ends, two receivers and one back)," Jeff Portykus writes.
  • JSOnline.com: Position change no hassle for UW's Nagy
  • Yahoo.com: Nagy relishes role as tight end

"UW's system of starting John Clay and bringing on the speedy James White has paid dividends," writes Tom Oates.
  • Madison.com: Clay, White are an effective tandem

"Through two Big Ten Conference games, including Saturday's 41-23 victory over Minnesota at Camp Randall Stadium, it looks like Bucky's blockers are beginning to take ownership of the offensive trench," writes Erin Murphy.
  • THOnline.com: Badgers' line living up to its billing

"The combination of talented running backs and a proud tradition of offensive linemen has made the ground game a fixture of UW's identity. But this Saturday, when Ohio State comes to Madison, the Badgers will meet a team that hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 29 games," says Max Henson.
  • BadgerHerald.com: UW ground game ready for ultimate test

"The last time a Wisconsin football team beat a No. 1 ranked team, not a single member of the current squad had been born yet. Head coach Bret Bielema was 11-years-old," writes Mark Bennett.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Looking back -- UW's history against No. 1

"Wisconsin players have no doubt they can beat Ohio State. Beating the Buckeyes for 60 minutes, and finishing them off, is what has eluded the Badgers the past three seasons," says Bob Baptist.
  • Dispatch.com: Badgers labor to finish job

 Observing Ohio State

"En route to five straight league titles since 2005 -- three outright, two shared -- Ohio State has consistently finished in the top three in the Big Ten in overall scoring defense and total defense," says Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Buckeyes' real asset may be defense

"Ohio State coach Jim Tressel finally took the shackles off a healthy Terrelle Pryor in the Rose Bowl against Oregon and he responded, completing 23 of 37 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 72 yards in the 26-17 victory," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Pryor could always run, but now he's turning into a passer, too
  • Cleveland.com: Pryor returns to Wisconsin as poised leader of Buckeyes

"Jermale Hines is a little old by college football standards -- he turns 23 next month -- but he also boasts by far the most experience of any Buckeyes safety. He's one of Ohio State's most valuable players because if there's a spot on the depth chart that looks a little, well, young, it's safety," says Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: OSU's Jermale Hines safeguards secondary

"That's what No. 1 does -- it changes things, even just a little bit. The Buckeyes have basically admitted as much this week. A number won't win or lose Saturday's game against No. 18 Wisconsin, yet the ascension of the Buckeyes after two full seasons without a No. 1 ranking has been intriguing to observe," Doug Lesmerises writes.
  • Cleveland.com: Ohio State players ponder the challenge of new ranking

"Not only are the Buckeyes carrying the weight of being the nation's top-ranked team, but now they must live up to it against a stout opponent (No. 18 Wisconsin) in a particularly difficult place (Camp Randall Stadium) before a wildly partisan capacity crowd on Saturday night on national television," writes Rusty Miller.
  • AP.org: No. 1 Buckeyes gear up for tough trip
  • Dispatch.com: Buckeyes brace for Wisconsin  |  Night feels right for Buckeyes

 Badgers in the Pros

Chris Chambers spoke to the media following Sunday's game at Indianapolis.
  • SBNation.com: Chiefs WR Chris Chambers after losing to the Colts Small Video Graphic

O'Brien Schofield is probably a couple weeks away, though he can come back Monday, writes Darren Urban.
  • AZCardinals.com: Whiz makes it light this week

Joe Thomas, who spent more than an hour on the trainers' table after the game receiving treatment on both knees, admitted it wasn't one of his best games.
  • Cleveland.com: Abraham torments Thomas  |  Thomas works with kids to promote healthy eating

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWisconsin OL Peter Konz prepares to snap the ball to QB Scott Tolzien during the Badgers' game against Minnesota, Oct. 9, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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 Note of the Day

The Badgers are allowing 108.2 rushing yards per game, 22nd in the country and third in the Big Ten. Dating back to last season, they have held 13 of their last 16 opponents under 100 yards on the ground.

Wisconsin's opponents have scored just one rushing touchdown this season. Iowa (0), West Virginia (1) and Colorado (1) are the only other 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 16 games.

Wisconsin's complete notes for this Saturday's game vs. Ohio State (6 p.m. CT, ESPN)

Tuesday, Oct. 12

The No. 16 Wisconsin football team (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) prepares to take on No. 1 Ohio State (6-0, 2-0) in a 6 p.m. Saturday matchup that will air live on ESPN.

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

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 Morning Newsstand

A couple of weeks ago, Matt Lepay mentioned that this Badger team is good, but not elite. He also mentioned that we can all check back in a few weeks to learn whether Wisconsin can be such a squad. That time is approaching, he writes.
  • UWBadgers.com: Opportunity lays before Badgers in No. 1 Ohio State

Nobody had to point out the elephant in the room a year ago after Scott Tolzien's two interceptions were returned for touchdowns in UW's 31-13 loss at Ohio State, writes Tom Mulhern. It was the start of a rough two-game stretch for Tolzien, who had five interceptions -- nearly half of his season total of 11 -- in back-to-back losses, including against Iowa the next week.
  • Madison.com: Tolzien ready for Buckeyes rematch

If the Badgers still hope to win their first Big Ten title since 1999, head coach Bret Bielema must notch the biggest win of his career on Saturday, when Ohio State visits, writes Tom Dienhart who conducted a Q-and-A with Bielema.
  • Rivals.com: Q-and-A: Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema

UW has gone four consecutive games without a turnover. Keeping that streak intact against the Buckeyes won't be easy. Ohio State has forced 17 turnovers, including 11 interceptions, the No. 1 mark in the Big Ten.
  • JSOnline.com: UW hopes to avoid recent history against Ohio State

Sophomore Shelton Johnson got his first start and got some valuable experience against Minnesota, while Jay Valai was able to recover enough to be full strength for the crucial game against top-ranked Ohio State on Saturday, Tom Mulhern writes in a notes column.
  • Madison.com: Time finally on Johnson's side

Wisconsin doesn't control its destiny in the Big Ten title chase after stumbling at Michigan State, but here's the good news: the Badgers have opportunities for signature wins the next two weeks as they host No. 1 Ohio State before visiting No. 15 Iowa, writes Adam Rittenberg in his midseason review.
  • ESPN.com: Midseason review -- Wisconsin

After successfully defending the coveted Paul Bunyan's Axe with a 41-23 victory over Minnesota, the Badgers are honing in on an even bigger task: taking down the No. 1 team in the country.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers begin prep for No. 1 Ohio State  |  Grades
  • DailyCardinal.com: Bielema works to ready team for No. 1 OSU

Badgers Roundtable is back with looks at the Minnesota and Ohio State games.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers Roundtable - Minnesota/Ohio State

Rivals.com lists Saturday's game as the best game of the week. In addition, the matchup between UW O-coordinator Paul Chryst and OSU's D-coordinator Jim Heacock was tabbed "Best coordinator chess match" and the "Best unit matchup of the week" is between Wisconsin's O-line and Ohio State's D-line.
  • Rivals.com: Week 7 watch -- The lucky (and good) 13

 Observing Ohio State

Terrelle Pryor didn't become a legitimate quarterback until the 2010 Rose Bowl when he overcame four sacks to complete 23 of 37 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns in the Buckeyes' 26-17 victory over Oregon. Any doubts that Pryor's performance against the Ducks was an anomaly have been eradicated this season, writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Improved QB Pryor has burned UW before  |  Book on OSU

The Ohio State Buckeyes have waltzed through their first six opponents on the way to becoming No. 1.
With a game on Saturday at No. 18 Wisconsin, staying there will be much harder, according to Rusty Miller.
  • AP.org: Wisconsin tough at home and at night

Terrelle Pryor already has a stack of big moments as a college quarterback. But the game at Wisconsin this weekend marks a second anniversary of sorts of the item at the bottom of the stack, the first time he flashed signs of greatness, writes Tim May.
  • Dispatch.com: Wisconsin a watershed for Pryor

Ohio State's first test with its new No. 1 ranking will come against the second-best team in the Big Ten over the last five years. Not No. 18 Wisconsin. Wisconsin, at home, says Doug Lesmerises.
  • Cleveland.com: OSU faces season's biggest test so far

 Badgers in the Pros

Jim Leonhard had a season-high nine tackles in Monday night's 29-20 win over Minnesota.
  • NFL.com: New York Jets 29, Minnesota 20

Nick Hayden tipped a pass on Sunday that resulted in an interception.
  • NFL.com: Hayden's deflection Small Video Graphic

Chris Pressley was inactive on Sunday and may be in danger of losing his backup fullback position.
  • PewterReport.com: Lorig could take backup FB role from Pressley

Donovan Raiola was waived by the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL.
  • Omaha.com: Nighthawks go back to work on sputtering offense

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWisconsin DL Jordan Kohout takes down Minnesota RB DeLeon Eskridge during the Badgers' game against Minnesota, Oct. 9, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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 Note of the Day

Dating back to 1995, Wisconsin has won 25 of its last 28 night games. UW has squared off with Ohio State twice at night at Camp Randall with the Badgers knocking off No. 3 OSU, 17-10, in 2003 and falling to the 14th-ranked Buckeyes, 20-17, in 2008.

Wisconsin's complete notes for this Saturday's game vs. Ohio State (6 p.m. CT, ESPN)

Monday, Oct. 11

The Wisconsin football team retained Paul Bunyan's Axe for a seventh straight season, defeating Minnesota 41-23 on Saturday. Check out complete postgame coverage from UWBadgers.com featuring game highlights, photos, postgame reactions, analysis and more.

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

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 Afternoon Newsstand

Junior running back John Clay has been named co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Minnesota, the Big Ten Conference announced on Monday.
  • UWBadgers.com: Clay named co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

Quarterback Scott Tolzien and wide receiver Nick Toon have been "looking" to get on the same page of the playbook since the season opener when Toon came down with turf toe, writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Tolzien gets the 'look,' Toon gets the receptions  |  Focus will be vital against Buckeyes

They say cornerbacks are supposed to have short memories, but junior Antonio Fenelus couldn't help in the offseason but think back to the plays he gave up last year, Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Fenelus focuses on making a tall statement at cornerback

The Badgers needed a strong response after a poor performance in East Lansing, and aside from the second quarter, they delivered it, according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Thoughts on the early Big Ten games  |  Helmet stickers

The University of Wisconsin football team's defense was three-quarters of the way through a splendid performance against Minnesota on Saturday. Then came the fourth quarter, says Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Three quarters of good defense, then the fourth happened

The Badgers are after their fourth victory over a No. 1 at Camp Randall. It's not like the University of Wisconsin football team's game Saturday night against Ohio State needs any extra buildup, writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Buckeyes' top rank promotes showdown
  • JSOnline.com: Real test comes next week for Wisconsin
  • BadgerHerald.com: OSU provides program defining game for UW

The Badgers addressed many of their perceived problems by pushing around Minnesota in a 41-23 win that sets up a showdown with the Buckeyes, writes Colin Fly.
  • AP.org: Wisconsin turns attention to No. 1 Ohio State  |  OSU part of tough slate

Redshirt freshman Shelton Johnson got the start in place of Valai and the backup safety told Adam Hoge after the game he felt like he "left a lot of plays out there." After going over the film, it was apparent to Hoge that on most of the plays where Johnson appeared to be the goat, there was a teammate who also made a mistake on the play.
  • Buckys5thQuarter.com: Breaking down the Cover 2

 Morning Newsstand

All was right in the University of Wisconsin football team's world on Saturday, writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Badgers' offense click against Gophers  |  Postgame Reaction Small Video Graphic  |  Grades
  • Madison.com: UW recovers from bad second quarter  |  Gametracker

Drama was in short supply in the closing seconds at Camp Randall Stadium, writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers beat Gophers  Report Card  Badger report  |  Clay, White prove too much for Minnesota

With a second half surge and an eventual 41-23 victory over Minnesota, the Wisconsin Badgers put themselves back in the Big Ten title hunt and kept the Axe in their possession for the seventh straight year, according to Max Henson.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers retain Axe with beatdown  |  O-line paves way

The No. 20 Badgers displayed control throughout, jumping out to a 14-0 lead early and dominating in the second half en route to a 41-23 victory that ensured Wisconsin bragging rights for a seventh consecutive year, writes Parker Gabriel.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Wisconsin keeps firm handle on Axe  |  Streak at seven

All week Wisconsin talked more about fixing its own problems than about its border rivalry with Minnesota. John Clay and James White took it upon themselves to run right through the Gophers.
  • AP.org: Clay scores 3 TDs, No. 20 Wisconsin tops Minnesota

John Clay and James White ran the ball. Scott Tolzien threw for more than 200 yards. Lance Kendricks added 75 more receiving yards to his total. Jared Abbrederis received his first touchdown pass and the defense played adequate enough. Add it all up and the Badgers bounced back from a Big Ten opening loss to Michigan State with a decisive 41-23 win over rival Minnesota.
  • Yahoo.com: UW coasts to rivalry win

 Guide to the Gophers

With Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien mixing in timely completions, especially on third down, the Badgers simply bullied Minnesota as the game went on, turning the Gophers' workable five-point halftime deficit into their fifth consecutive dispiriting loss with touchdown drives of 64, 86, 80 and 76 yards.
  • StarTribune.com: U lacks the Axe again  |  McKnight gets first two-TD game  |  Replay  |  Concession not in the cards

Wisconsin started with the ball in the second half, and although two Gophers' penalties helped the Badgers score on that drive, what happened the rest of the half -- touchdowns on four of five offensive drives -- was all to Wisconsin's credit.
  • MNDaily.com: Badgers drop Gophers to 1-5  |  Gophers can't stop rushing attack

The Gophers, who gave up 27 points and 317 of the Badgers' 473 total yards in the second half, seemed on the verge of a big stand when defensive end Anthony Jacobs stuffed Wisconsin's 260-pound tailback John Clay for no gain on second and 7 at the beginning of the third quarter. The Badgers' first drive was extended, though, when quarterback Scott Tolzien connected with Lance Kendricks on a 10-yard third-down pass.
  • TwinCities.com: Crucial penalties cost Gophers  |  D-line needs to up pressure

 Badgers in the Pros

Lee Evans scored his first touchdown of the season on a 45-yard play.
  • NFL.com: Evan's 45-yard touchdown Small Video Graphic

Matt Shaughnessy recorded a sack and a forced fumble on this play against San Diego.
  • NFL.com: Shaughnessy creates the turnover Small Video Graphic

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWR Nick Toon carries Paul Bunyan's Axe through the Camp Randall Stadium tunnel after the Badgers' game against Minnesota, Oct. 9, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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 Note of the Day

For just the ninth time in history and the first time since 1997, Wisconsin will host the No. 1 team in the country. The Badgers are 3-5 all-time against No. 1 teams at Camp Randall Stadium. Their last win over a No. 1 team was a 21-14 victory over Michigan on Sept. 12, 1981 in Madison.

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