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(7) Wisconsin 34, Purdue 13
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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, Nov. 5

The No. 7 Wisconsin football team is back from its bye week and heads to West Lafayette, Ind., for a game at Purdue on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., and the game can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema met with the media after practice on Thursday to discuss the team's preparation for Saturday's game at Purdue.

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 Morning Newsstand

"As the only fifth-year seniors starting on the offensive line, Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt have become the heart and soul of the unit," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Carimi and Moffitt lead along the line

"A case could be made that some of the Badgers' most exciting victories in the last dozen years have come against the Boilermakers," says Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Remembering thrilling moments against Purdue

"[Philip] Welch took a moment after a recent practice to talk about, among other things, dealing with pressure and what other position he could play for the Badgers in a pinch," in this story by Andy Baggot.
  • Madison.com: Five good minutes with Welch

"Senior tight end Lance Kendricks (ankle) and freshman tailback James White (knee) probably won't play when No. 7 Wisconsin returns to action Saturday at Purdue," writes Jeff Potrykus in this notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: Kendricks, White probably will sit against Purdue
  • Madison.com: Bielema wants Kendricks, White to return only at 100 percent

"Perhaps no one on the University of Wisconsin football team is looking forward to the Badgers' final four games more than junior defensive end Louis Nzegwu," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Nzegwu is eager to square off against spread attacks

"All good teams stress limiting turnovers. Ball security is stressed throughout UW's practices and each Tuesday and Wednesday the players go through a 10-minute period during which they must protect the ball from defenders who try just about anything to pry the ball loose," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Wisconsin coaches preach ball control

"Wisconsin is well aware of what happened last year when Ohio State traveled to Purdue for what was supposed to be an easy win. Purdue 26, No. 7 Ohio State 18. Wisconsin heads into Saturday's game against the Boilermakers with the same No. 7 ranking Ohio State took to Purdue last year," writes Cliff Brunt.
  • AP.org: No. 7 Wisconsin looks to keep rolling vs. Purdue

"Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan and Wisconsin's J.J. Watt haven't formally met, but the two star defensive ends have admired each other from afar," Adam Rittenberg writes.
  • ESPN.com: Watt, Kerrigan share mutual respect  |  Rooting interest

"In a move to help bolster that aspect of the defense, head coach Bret Bielema made it known Thursday evening that freshman athlete Manasseh Garner will be playing defensive end full time for the rest of the season," writes Tom Lea in a notes package.
  • BadgerBlitz.com: Garner moved to defensive end

"At least one common thread should carry from Iowa City to West Lafayette, Ind., though: If the Badgers are to keep their title hopes alive, they will have to contain a very talented defensive line," according to Parker Gabriel.
  • DailyCardinal.com: UW takes on Purdue fresh off bye week

"After a bye week to relax, recharge and refocus, the No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers are heading back on the road to take on Purdue as the chase for the Big Ten title continues," writes Max Henson.
  • BadgerHerald.com: After bye week, Badgers ready for Boilers
  • BadgerHerald.com: Appreciate what we've got

 Prepping for Purdue

"Danny Hope pushes a silver-lining message amidst football adversity. Yes, Purdue is down to its fourth-string quarterback directing the Big Ten's worst offense. It has been hammered in its last two games. It doesn't matter. The second-year coach insists his 4-4 team is poised for a strong finish," says Pete DiPrimio.
  • NewsSentinel.com: Purdue coach likes chances of winning

"The Boilermakers welcome Big Ten opponent Wisconsin, who not only bring a No. 9 ranking into Saturday's game, but a team who has been doing exactly what Purdue hasn't in their past two games," writes Pat Armstrong.
  • PurdueExponent.org: Injured Boilers plans to shut down Badgers' offense
  • PurdueExponent.org: Boilers hope to exact revenge on Wisconsin

"During last year's opening touchdown drive against Purdue, Wisconsin used 11 straight running plays.
Talk about setting the tone. Expect more of the same strategy Saturday when the seventh-ranked Badgers visit Ross-Ade Stadium, trying to keep their Big Ten Conference title hopes alive," says Mike Carmin.
  • JCOnline.com: Badgers lean on rushing attack

 Badgers in the Pros

Safety Jim Leonhard joined Boomer & Carton Friday to preview the Jets' Week 9 matchup against the Detroit Lions.
  • CBSLocal.com: On WFAN: Jets' Leonhard previews Lions matchup http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif

"Through the Browns' Hats Off to Our Heroes program, the team hosted family members of military men and women currently serving overseas and also took part in a video game competition against the troops both in person and through a live remote feed. The event was especially meaningful for [Joe] Thomas, who visited soldiers in the Middle East during the off-season as part of the USO Tour of NFL players," writes Matt Florjancic.
  • ClevelandBrowns.com: Browns host Pro vs. GI Joe

"O'Brien Schofield made his first appearance for the Arizona Cardinals this past Sunday on special teams. About 10 months ago, no one knew whether he'd even make it to the NFL," says Brian Jimenez.
  • KTAR.com: Cardinals LB Schofield gets his shot http://grfx.cstv.com/images/icons/audio.gif

"Florida Tuskers (2-3) quarterback Chris Greisen will make his first United Football League start Friday night at home against the Omaha Nighthawks (3-2) in a playoff-type Week 8 game for both teams. Greisen also will stare across the line of scrimmage at a familiar face - Nighthawks middle linebacker Nick Greisen, his brother," according to Dusty Sloan.
  • UFL-Football.com: Greisen brothers to face off Friday night

"It's probably good that Taylor Mehlhaff's mother had to get up early Sunday morning to go to work. That kept her from staying up late Saturday night to watch Mehlhaff's Hartford Colonials play at Sacramento. Chances are good that even if she had been awake, she would have been hiding her eyes as her son lined up a chip-shot, game-winning field goal on the final play of the United Football League game," writes Steve Pivovar.
  • FanHouse.com: Winning kicks provides Mehlhaff with slice of redemption

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayPhilip Welch made three field goals last year in Wisconsin's 37-0 win over Purdue.

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@JJWatt99 | Watchin ZB and James White play NCAA 2011 on PS3 right now... Its interesting listening to the RB's perspective on everything.
Posted Nov. 4 at 10:11 p.m.

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Badger fan Gillian Smith in response to 'Big Ten's Greatest Games - TONIGHT 6pm ET' ... "Representing Section P that night baby!!! Dayne vs Brees + 1st Jump Around + night game in Madtown = INSANITY!!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

UW has turned the ball over just six times (four interceptions and two fumbles) this season, third-fewest in the country. The Badgers' top three running backs (John Clay, James White and Montee Ball) have combined for 317 touches (295 carries and 22 receptions) and fumbled the ball just once.

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game at Purdue (11 a.m. CT, Big Ten Network).

Thursday, Nov. 4

The No. 7 Wisconsin football team is back from its bye week and heads to West Lafayette, Ind., for a game at Purdue on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., and the game can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.

UWBadgers.com caught up with linebacker Blake Sorensen and defensive tackle Ethan Hemer to discuss the defense's health and the prospects of playing in another hostile road environment.

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 Morning Newsstand

Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez discusses the need for updated facilities at UW with Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Alvarez talks facilities

"Left tackle Gabe Carimi would love to take credit -- on behalf of the University of Wisconsin football team's offensive line -- for the lack of sacks this season. But he can't," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Credit Tolzien for steadiness on offense

"When [Lance] Kendricks got hurt, a lot of fans undoubtedly wondered whether the Badgers should risk playing one of their best offensive players on special teams. But Kendricks wouldn't have it any other way," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Kendricks enjoys playing on special teams, too

"Wisconsin center Peter Konz and his teammates don't want to hear about possible bowl destinations, Big Ten Conference football tiebreakers and BCS standings. With four Big Ten games left, they want to focus on the next game - Saturday at Purdue," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers avoiding talk of bowl game, BCS standings

"Nick Toon's list of individual goals for the rest of the football season contains one item: No more visits with the medical staff," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Year of injuries interrupts Toon's promising career

"A quick glance at Ethan Hemer's stats in the box score from Wisconsin's recent win over Iowa would reveal an above-average six tackles. This would satisfy most who knew he was filling in for the injured Jordan Kohout at defensive tackle. For Hemer, however, his play was just a matter of handling his assignments for the team," says Tom Guthrie.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Hemer grabs opportunity to make impact
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers on track to make BCS-watching a habit

"Two of the frontrunners for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year meet Saturday at Purdue's Ross Ade Stadium," writes Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: What to watch in the Big Ten: Week 10  |  Predictions

"Wisconsin running back John Clay often gets called in as a peacemaker when the sniping gets too intense between left tackle Gabe Carimi and left guard John Moffitt. Carimi and Moffitt, both seniors, have played together so long for the seventh-ranked Badgers that they've got bickering down to a fine science," says Colin Fly.
  • AP.org: Carimi, Moffitt anchor Wisconsin's big line

 Prepping for Purdue

Purdue's stock is down when it comes to its first quarters, according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Stock Report

"The numbers are telling. By halftime, the fate of this year's Purdue football team is usually decided," says Mike Carmin.
  • IndyStar.com: Boilers' fate sealed early in most games

"Make no mistake about it, Saturday's game against seventh-ranked Wisconsin will be a physical battle from start to finish," writes Anil Rao.
  • PurdueExponent.org: Purdue anticipates difficult game against Wisconsin

"Purdue needs two wins to become bowl eligible. In the mind of the Boilermakers, there's plenty to play for during the final month. The seniors made that point during a players-only meeting Sunday," says Mike Carmin.
  • JCOnline.com: Purdue seniors issue wake-up call

 Badgers in the Pros

"Always a backup, never a Manning. That seems to be the story with former Avon, Indiana resident Jim Sorgi, an NFL quarterback who has yet to see a full game on the turf," writes Bryan Johnson.
  • Avon-Indiana.com: Jim Sorgi: In the shadow of Mannings

Chris Chambers is one of three key Chiefs to watch this weekend, accoding to Sporting News.
  • SportingNews.com: Week 9 matchup: Chiefs at Raiders

Joe Thomas spoke to the media on Wednesday.
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Owen Daniels did not practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury, but he is expected back by Sunday.
  • Chron.com: Johnson, Williams missing from practice

"The Lions need [DeAndre Levy] to stay healthy to bring a consistency to the linebacking unit," says Paula Pasche.
  • TheOaklandPress.com: Levy makes presence known

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayLance Kendricks tries to avoid a tackle in the Badgers' game against Purdue on Oct. 31, 2009.

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@BigTenScott  | Hope on WIS - really physical, skill players are very fast, done a great job recruiting, been healthy, confident
Posted Nov. 2 at 12:20 p.m.

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Badger fan Kyle Owens in response to 'Wisconsin defense looks ahead to Purdue' ... "Go Badgers!!! I'll be there rooting you on!!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Wisconsin's opponents have scored just four rushing touchdowns this season. That is tied for fourth-best in the country. Dating back to last year, UW has allowed just eight rushing TDs in the last 18 games.

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game at Purdue (11 a.m. CT, Big Ten Network).

Wednesday, Nov. 3

The No. 7 Wisconsin football team is back from its bye week and heads to West Lafayette, Ind., for a game at Purdue on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., and the game can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.

The team returned from its bye week for practice Tuesday, and UWBadgers.com caught up with tight end Lance Kendricks and right tackle Ricky Wagner afterwards to talk about Saturday's matchup with Purdue.

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 Morning Newsstand

"UW defensive line coach Charlie Partridge likes to talk about `'changing the math" with his players," Mike Lucas writes. "While the phrase has application to poker, it also holds meaning for Partridge, who has been shuffling the deck in each of the last two seasons because of graduation losses to starting personnel."
  • UWBadgers.com: Spreads looming, Partridge has defense 'changing math'

Jeff Potrykus and Tom Mulhern each have updates on some of the injured Badgers.
  • JSOnline.com: UW's walking wounded getting healthy, though White is limited
  • Madison.com: White takes part in limited practice, Kendricks does drills

"It's the moment a college football coach relishes. It's the point when the work on techniques in countless hours of practice shows up in a game. It happened for University of Wisconsin redshirt freshman defensive tackle Ethan Hemer when he made his first start against Iowa two weeks ago," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Hemer holds the line at defensive tackle

"Bradie Ewing doesn't look like a hit man. With his blond hair, fair skin and persistent grin, Wisconsin's No. 1 fullback looks more like a Boy Scout. Don't be fooled. The 6-foot, 234-pound junior from Richland Center has given UW another physical presence on offense and on special teams in recent weeks, and the coaches have noticed," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers' Ewing is a surprise hit at fullback

"Like so many young African American young men, if Aaron Henry, a starting safety on the UW Badgers football team and named to the 2009 Academic All-Big Ten team, had grown up in Madison, he may have been labeled `educationally disabled' when he was in the third grade and given up on. Henry was illiterate, he didn't know how to read and he was very energetic, which may have led others to label him ADHD," writes Jonathan Gramling.
  • CapitalCityHues.com: The academic and spiritual side of UW's Henry

"The Badgers can reflect on two monumental victories with pride and satisfaction. A definite reason for their success in the two contests was the play of senior quarterback Scott Tolzien," according to Tom Guthrie.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Tolzien big reason UW turned corner

"While [Bret] Bielema doesn't want his players thinking about the big picture, they are not oblivious to what's going on. That's why Bielema also spent some time going over the Big Ten's tiebreaker procedures with his players," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Bielema has no issues with revised Big Ten tiebreakers

"What's the secret to mastering the bye week? Wisconsin hopes it has found the answer," according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Wisconsin keeps pedal down in bye week  |  Awards race

 Prepping for Purdue

"Purdue freshman quarterback Sean Robinson is set to make his first college start Saturday when the Boilermakers host No. 7 Wisconsin," says Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Purdue expects to give freshman QB first start against UW
  • JSOnline.com: Freshman quarterback thrown into Purdue's lineup
  • JCOnline.com: Robinson likely to be Purdue's QB against Wisconsin

"The Boilermakers are down to their fourth-string quarterback, the top of the depth chart ravaged by health and academic issues since the start of preseason training camp," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Purdue hasn't lost hope despite rash of injuries, setbacks

"With all the attention focused on the shortage of Purdue quarterbacks, another position has been hit hard by injuries. After the loss of freshman O.J. Ross, Purdue's receiver position is becoming thin. That has prompted running back Al-Terek McBurse to learn a new position: slot receiver," Mike Carmin writes.
  • JCOnline.com: Purdue receiving corps receives McBurse of speed

"Two weeks ago, Purdue was near the top of the Big Ten. Now, the Boilermakers are trying to avoid getting steamrolled for the third straight week," says Cliff Brunt.
  • AP.org: Struggling Purdue hosts No. 7 Wisconsin

"Purdue football coach Danny Hope remains confident six wins will mean a bowl game for his team. History says that might not be the case in a year like this," Jeff Robjohns writes.
  • IndyStar.com: Six wins doesn't necessarily mean bowl berth

"As if the injuries weren't enough, the Purdue football team has a daunting opponent awaiting them this weekend when the Wisconsin Badgers come to town," according to Bobby Vaziri.
  • PurdueExponent.org: Purdue reflects upon upcoming opponent

 Badgers in the Pros

Mark Tauscher writes about the best parts of La Crosse.
  • TravelWisconsin.com: Best of La Crosse

"The Lions got a defensive boost Sunday with the return of middle linebacker DeAndre Levy," writes Dave Birkett.
  • FreeP.com: Redskins returner takes advantage of Lions' hobbled coverage
  • DetNews.com: Calvin Johnson's play is getting defenses' attention

Joe Thomas was chosen as one of the league's top-10 scariest players currently playing on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown.
  • BaltimoreSun.com: Lewis, Ngata warrant mentions on Sunday morning shows

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWisconsin cornerback Aaron Henry (7) picks up a blocked punt and scores against Purdue kicker Chris Summers, center, during the first half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Madison, Wis. At left is Wisconsin cornerback Antonio Fenelus (26). (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

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@JLeu30  | Watching ron dayne on big ten icons. Wow! What a beast!
Posted Nov. 2 at 8:28 p.m.

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

Badger fan Zachery Hoyter Hoyt in response to 'Wisconsin offense looks ahead to Purdue' ... "Alright getting healthy again!!! Can't wait to watch the badgers play purdue this saturday, and hopefully look as good as what we have the past two games!!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Dating back to the second half of the Michigan State game, Wisconsin has scored touchdowns on 16 of its 32 possessions (with field goals on two others). That includes two end-of-game drives (vs. Minnesota and Ohio State) in which the Badgers ran out the clock.

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game at Purdue (11 a.m. CT, Big Ten Network).

Tuesday, Nov. 2

The No. 7 Wisconsin football team is back from its bye week and heads to West Lafayette, Ind., for a game at Purdue on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., and the game can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.

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

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 Morning Newsstand

"Bret Bielema has often said that the Badgers might not be the sexiest squad around, so they need to win by being tougher than the other team. They truly demonstrated that toughness in the last two games against Ohio State and Iowa. Yes, that fake punt was big, but they still had to finish the drive against a very good team in an extremely loud stadium," writes Matt Lepay.
  • UWBadgers.com: Badgers keep cooking without sizzle

" It looks like the University of Wisconsin football team will be close to full strength for the game at Purdue on Saturday," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Coming out of bye, players' health improves greatly
  • JSOnline.com: Depth chart musings for UW-Purdue

"One of the primary goals of coordinator Dave Doeren is for his defense to be better at the end of the season than at the start," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Defensive coordinator expects improvement

"It's hard to be a nice guy and play fullback in the Big Ten Conference. So, roughly four games ago, [Bradie] Ewing came to the realization he needed to develop a mean streak," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Fullback Ewing sheds nice guy image

"With No. 2 tailback James White recovering from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee suffered Oct. 23 at Iowa, Ball could back up starter John Clay this week," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Tailback Ball prepares for when he's needed  |  Chat

Matt Hinton breaks down the Big Ten tie-breaking scenarios and explains what each team needs to have happen in order to go to the Rose Bowl.
  • Yahoo.com: Big Ten race is a four-way knot. Here's how it unravels

"The past few weeks have been physically and emotionally draining for the Wisconsin Football team. But coming off the bye week, and some much-needed rest, the players seem rejuvenated and full of energy at practice, according to head coach Bret Bielema," writes Heidi Hillebrandt.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers get back to work  |  Mid-season report
  • BadgerHerald.com: What we've learned about UW football

"With Michigan State's recent loss, Wisconsin is now one of four teams in the conference with one loss. And on the surface, it seems as though the Badgers have a favorable schedule down the stretch. But as has been the case over the past five years under Bielema, the goal is to go 1-0 this week against Purdue," says Tom Lea.
  • BadgerBlitz.com: UW fresh, looking to Purdue

 Prepping for Purdue

"Two weeks ago, the Boilermakers were unbeaten in the Big Ten, 4-2 overall and apparently headed toward a bowl game. Now as they prepare to host No. 7 Wisconsin at 11 a.m. Saturday, the injuries are taking a toll and the losses are mounting," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Injures make mess of promising season  |  Book on Purdue

 Badgers in the Pros

"The Panthers mixed up their defensive line, starting Nick Hayden at defensive tackle for Ed Johnson. It was Hayden's fifth career start, and first this year, as they've struggled to get any push up the middle," says Darin Gantt.
  • CharlotteObserver.com: Rams 20, Panthers 10

"[Matt] Shaughnessy is giving the Raiders some of their best defensive end play in years," writes Jerry McDonald.
  • IBABuzz.com: Raiders don't get mad, they get even

"[Jim] Leonhard, who routinely delivers big hits in both pass coverage and run defense, told PFW that even with the major emphasis lately on preventing the violent collisions that can lead to concussions and long-term head injuries, there is no way to prevent these rough plays from taking place," says Eli Kaberon.
  • ProFootballWeekly.com: Leonhard doesn't expect big hits to stop

"In a game defined by special teams, Taylor Mehlhaff was an unlikely hero Saturday night."
  • Courant.com: Last-second field goal breaks Colonials' 4-game skid

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayOL Bill Nagy (76) calls out a pre-snap assignment to OL John Moffitt (74) and Gabe Carimi (68) during the Badgers' game at Iowa on Oct. 23, 2010. (Neil Ament photo)

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@BigTenScott  | And WIS moves up one spot in latest BCS poll to No. 9, highest ranking since rising to No. 7 in final BCS poll of 2006 season.
Posted Oct. 31 at 7:32 p.m.

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 Note of the Day

In consecutive weeks, Wisconsin scored 31 points against both Ohio State and Iowa. Both teams rank among the top 10 in the country in scoring defense, yielding fewer than 15.0 points per game. The Badgers are the first Big Ten team to score 30 or more points against OSU and Iowa in the same season since Wisconsin did so in 1999 (the last time UW won the Big Ten title).

Monday, Nov. 1

The No. 7 Wisconsin football team is back from its bye week and heads to West Lafayette, Ind., for a game at Purdue on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., and the game can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.

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

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 Morning Newsstand

Mike Lucas looks back at some memorable games at Ross-Ade Stadium between Wisconsin and Purdue.
  • UWBadgers.com: Ross-Ade revisited

"It's too late in the season for the University of Wisconsin football team's defense to drastically alter its identity. That's not necessarily a bad thing for the Badgers," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Defense lacks playmakers other than Watt, getting the job done

"The fact that UW is the highest-rated Big Ten team [in the BCS Standings] could be critical in determining which team gets the league's automatic BCS berth in case of a two- or three-team tie," says Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers smelling Rose Bowl berth

"Brace yourself. November will be a wild ride in the Big Ten," says Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten race update  |  Power rankings  |  Bowl projections

"Wisconsin senior John Moffitt and his teammates would love to sit back, exhale and savor the consecutive victories over then-No. 1 Ohio State and rival Iowa. They can't afford that luxury," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers prep for Purdue; put last two wins behind them

"It was a productive bye week for the University of Wisconsin football team," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Winners even in the bye week
  • BadgerHerald.com: Best bye week ever

As the Wisconsin football team prepares for its final four games, BadgerBlitz.com thought the bye week was a perfect time to unleash the annual mid-season awards.
  • BadgerBlitz.com: Mid-season football awards

Prior to the weekend, Tom Lea spoke with some members of the team to find out their Halloween costumes.
  • BadgerBlitz.com: The lighter side -- UW football and Halloween

 Prepping for Purdue

"It's been a rough two weeks for Purdue. Outscored 93-10. Outgained 880 to 313 yards. Outplayed in several areas. It doesn't get any easier with No. 9 Wisconsin visiting Ross-Ade Stadium next week," says Mike Carmin.
  • IndyStar.com: Boilers continue to struggle

"Danny Hope gave the politically correct answer, but it was obvious the Purdue coach did not appreciate Illinois' decision to continue passing Saturday with a 27-point lead and 1:36 remaining," writes Jeff Washburn.
  • IndyStar.com: Illini still passing in final minutes  |  Looking back at Illinois

"Injuries continued to have a negative effect on the Purdue football team as it lost to Illinois Saturday, 44-10," says Joanne Norell.
  • PurdueExponent.org: Injuries continue to plague Boiler football team

"Purdue's starting quarterback situation for Saturday's matchup against No. 7 Wisconsin is the same as last week -- in limbo," writes Mike Carmin.
  • JCOnline.com: Purdue still faces QB dilemma

 Badgers in the Pros

Matt Shaughnessy picked up his fifth sack of the season in Oakland's 33-3 win over Seattle on Sunday.
  • NFL.com: Shaughnessy brings down Hasselbeck Small Video Graphic

Lee Evans caught five passes for 56 yards in Buffalo's 13-10 loss to Kansas City.
  • NFL.com: Kansas City 13, Buffalo 10

DeAndre Levy played for the first time since week two and picked up four tackles as Detroit beat Washington, 37-25.
  • NFL.com: Detroit 37, Washington 25

O'Brien Schofield had one tackle in his NFL debut on Sunday in Arizona's 38-35 loss to Tampa Bay
  • NFL.com: Tampa Bay 38, Arizona 35

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayLB Blake Sorensen (9) looks on prior to the snap during the Badgers' game at Iowa on Oct. 23, 2010. (Neil Ament photo)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@GameDayFootball |  I like Nick Fairley. He's a BEAST and consistently dominant. Gave him some luv on the show Sat. And JJ Watt isn't 2 far behind. dH
Posted Nov. 1 at 10:00 a.m.

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

Badger fan Tom Patchak in response to 'Badgers and Boilermakers to kick off at 11 a.m. CT' ... "#7??? aim for top 5!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

UW is 7-1 for the first time since 2006, head coach Bret Bielema's first season. The Badgers finished that season with a school-record 12 wins and ranked fifth in the country.xx

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