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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. 12

The No. 5 Wisconsin football team (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) returns to Camp Randall Stadium for the first time in four weeks to take on Indiana (4-5, 0-5) at 11 a.m. Saturday. The game airs live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.

UWBadgers.com was there as head coach Bret Bielema met with the media following Thursday's practice for the No. 5 Wisconsin football team in preparation for Saturday's game against Indiana.

Bielema previews clash with Indiana Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

The Badger football team makes regular visits to the American Family Children's Hospital during the season and, earlier this fall, through a UW Athletics initiative called "Wish Upon A Badger," was able to provide an extra special experience for one young boy from the area.
  • UWBadgers.com: Badger football team makes a wish come true

"Junior defensive tackle Patrick Butrym is bursting with pride. It's not just because he is playing well for the University of Wisconsin football team, although he is coming off his best game of the season against Purdue," says Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Butrym loves the game of football, and he's playing it well
  • Madison.com: Butrym caught off guard when chance for fame strikes
 JSOnline.com: UW's Butrym has grown into role as defensive line teacher

"The Big Ten Conference Redemption Tour continues for the University of Wisconsin football team's secondary against Indiana on Saturday. In five Big Ten games prior to this, the Badgers faced four quarterbacks who also started against them last year. Indiana senior Ben Chappell marks the fifth," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Badgers could be tested by Indiana's quarterback

"Still in contention for a Big Ten football title, Wisconsin should be close to full-strength when it hosts Indiana at 11 a.m. Saturday," Jeff Potrykus writes in this notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers are mostly healthy

"It's time once again to look at who the Big Ten's top contenders should be rooting for in Week 11," writes Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten rooting interest: week 11

"On this Veterans Day, several members of the University of Wisconsin football team will honor their family members that are serving or have served their country in the military," Jordan Schelling wrote in an article for yesterday.
  • BadgerBlitz.com: Badgers remember Veterans

"This weekend, Indiana will try again to crush some rosy dreams, when it comes to Camp Randall to take on the No. 7 Wisconsin," writes Adam Holt.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers hope to handle Hoosiers

"Bowl games and warm weather aside, the Badgers are just happy to be home for a week. UW welcomes Indiana  to Camp Randall Stadium for the first football in Madison since Wisconsin knocked off Ohio State on Oct. 16," Parker Gabriel says.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Wisconsin not about to underestimate Hoosiers

 Introduction to Indiana

Indiana has issued its official injury report for Saturday.
  • ESPN.com: Injury reports for Michigan, Indiana

 Badgers in the Pros

"With all of the news of the day on Wednesday, the new long snapper for the Patriots was lost in the shuffle. That isn't such a bad thing in the mind of Matt Katula," writes Monique Walker.
  • Boston.com: Meet new Patriots long snapper Matt Katula

Owen Daniels did not play last weekend and he didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday of this week.
  • Chron.com: Schaub takes "full load"

Matt Katula hopes he doesn't get noticed in New England.
  • ESPN.com: Katula ready to snap to it for Pats

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayMontee Ball runs in for a touchdown at Indiana last season. (Neil Ament)

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@BigTenScott | WIS RB John Clay was named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back.
Posted Nov. 11 at 4:18 p.m.

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Badger fan Tom Purdy in response to 'Wish Upon a Badger" ... "Great Heart felt story, between this and the Jaxon piece It really makes me proud to be a Badger fan. No matter what happens from here on out this season, what a magical special ride it has been!! :)"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

In the last three games, LT Gabe Carimi has lined up predominantly across from three of the best defensive linemen in the country, Ohio State's Cameron Heyward, Iowa's Adrian Clayborn and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan. Wisconsin won all three games, scoring more than 30 points in each contest, and the three d-linemen combined for just 12 tackles and two TFLs.

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game against Indiana (11 a.m. CT, ESPN2).

Thursday, Nov. 11

The No. 5 Wisconsin football team (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) returns to Camp Randall Stadium for the first time in four weeks to take on Indiana (4-5, 0-5) at 11 a.m. Saturday. The game airs live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.

The Badgers' final four opponents all run the spread offense, but each team has its own variation. UWBadgers.com spoke with junior safety Aaron Henry and junior defensive end J.J. Watt after practice on Wednesday to get their thoughts on the Hoosiers.

Henry and Watt break down Indiana's spread offense Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

"As an impressionable redshirt freshman, UW defensive tackle Patrick Butrym came under the wing of an upperclassman, Jeff Stehle, who was more than willing to serve as a mentor. That left a lasting impression on Butrym, who has been trying to serve as a mentor this season to some of the younger linemen, including freshman Beau Allen and redshirt freshman Ethan Hemer," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Butrym transitions from pupil to teacher

"University of Wisconsin defensive backs coach Chris Ash has said all season long, one of the biggest aspects of forcing turnovers is simply being in the right place at the right time. That certainly described junior cornerback Antonio Fenelus, who had the game of his career last week against Purdue," says Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Fenelus' career game against Purdue was result of work

"Quarterback Scott Tolzien is used to seeing Bill Nagy's face in the huddle, but it's hard to predict where it might pop up next," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Nagy shows his versatility by playing where he's needed
  • DailyCardinal.com: Nagy uses versatility to fit in whenever needed on O-line

"No formal announcement was made last week in West Lafayette, Ind., but the Purdue coaching staff paid the ultimate compliment to Wisconsin's David Gilreath," writes Jeff Potrykus in this notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers' Gilreath earns respect as returner

"Wisconsin tight ends coach Joe Rudolph, who possesses a discerning eye as a recruiter, was intrigued by what he saw in Brian Wozniak two years ago at Loveland (Ohio) High School," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers' Wozniak catching second wind

"Montee Ball appreciated the honesty in the summer, and he does so even more these days. Ball knew when he signed up to play running back at Wisconsin, he would be in a constant competition. Badgers running backs coach John Settle simply doesn't do entitlement," writes Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Preparation pays off for Wisconsin's Ball  |  Predictions  |  Big Ten stock report  |  Chat  |  What to watch

"[Montee] Ball could make his first career start this week, against Indiana. [James] White looks to return in a limited role and [John] Clay remains questionable, even though Bielema said he believes all three will play," says Colin Fly.
  • AP.org: RB Ball may get first start for Badgers

"With Wisconsin having the Rose Bowl in its sights, senior quarterback Scott Tolzien keep the focus on the Badgers' matchup with the Hoosiers on Saturday," in this video interview.
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Tolzien talks Hoosiers Small Video Graphic 

"Toughness has a limit. For football players, that's a harsh reality to accept. It's even harder for a players whose games are built on a tenacious, hardened mentality. Perhaps no Badger embodies that mindset better than senior safety Jay Valai, who plays with a massive chip on his shoulder and has gained a reputation as one of the league's hardest hitters," writes Max Henson.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Valai doing whatever it takes to contribute

"Barry Alvarez speaks with experience when assessing the final three weeks of the Big Ten Conference football race. Whether the University of Wisconsin athletic director reflects on his 16 years as the school's coach or the past five as full-time AD, Alvarez has seen some scripts get rewritten at the last moment," Andy Baggot writes.
  • Madison.com: Title race will sort itself out, Alvarez says

 Introduction to Indiana

Adam Rittenberg talks about Indiana's Kevin Bush, who is an Iraq war veteran.
  • ESPN.com: Indiana's Kevin Bush Small Video Graphic

"When [Fred] Glass was named athletic director two years ago, he brought with him the vision of "24 sports, One team" and has seen it firsthand at IU," writes Kevin Bowen.
  • IDSNews.com: This year's fall sports fitting into IU motto

 Badgers in the Pros

Casey Rabach spoke with the media on Wednesday.
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Let this video be warning, coaches should avoid trying to chest-bump with Joe Thomas.
  • YouTube.com: Hilarious: Brian Daboll gets crushed by Joe Thomas Small Video Graphic

Matt Katula hopes he doesn't get noticed in New England.
  • ESPN.com: Katula ready to snap to it for Pats

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayNick Toon grabs a pass during last year's game at Indiana. (Neil Ament)

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@JJWatt99 | The efforts of the U.S. Military make all of our daily lives possible and for that, we cannot thank you enough!
Posted Nov. 11 at 8:07 a.m.

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Badger fan Travis Yates in response to 'GameWeek Guide: Badgers back home to face Hoosiers' ... "Go Badgers I'm starting to smell Roses"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Wisconsin has scored points the first time it has touched the ball after halftime in seven of its nine games resulting in 45 points. Conversely, UW's opponents have scored just twice coming out after halftime, resulting in 10 points. The Badgers are outscoring their foes 97-31 in the third quarter this season.

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game against Indiana (11 a.m. CT, ESPN2).

xxWednesday, Nov. 10

The No. 5 Wisconsin football team (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) returns to Camp Randall Stadium for the first time in four weeks to take on Indiana (4-5, 0-5) at 11 a.m. Saturday. The game airs live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.

With a matchup against Indiana looming on Saturday, UWBadgers.com caught up with freshman running back James White to talk about his recovery from a knee injury and with senior offensive lineman Bill Nagy to talk about his comfort level at center.

White and Nagy look ahead to Indiana Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

"Not that this should surprise anyone, but Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said Tuesday during the Big Ten Conference coaches' teleconference that sophomore Montee Ball is poised to start at tailback Saturday against Indiana," says Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Bielema: Ball poised to start vs. Indiana

"Wisconsin running backs coach John Settle had hoped to have his full complement of tailbacks at practice Tuesday night. His disappointment in seeing junior John Clay limited to jogging on the side was tempered, however, by the performance of freshman James White," Jeff Potrykus writes in this notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: White impressive in practice, expected to be No. 2 RB

"University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema may have jumped the gun a bit when he said there was a question whether tailback John Clay would be ready to play against Indiana on Saturday," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Don't rule out Clay just yet for Indiana game

"UW's secondary hasn't been spectacular --- defensive backs have only four interceptions in nine games -- but no one is calling it the weak link anymore. After a shaky start, the backfield has grown into a dependable unit that ranks third in the Big Ten Conference in passing yards allowed," writes Tom Oates.
  • Madison.com: UW's secondary is of primary importance

"Tyler Dippel, a 6-foot-4, 258-pound redshirt freshman from Hartford High School, possesses a motor that is always revving. In short, his energy level and intensity are high. His fundamentals, however, sometimes are lacking. Such is the life of a freshman defensive lineman, one who played linebacker in high school," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Energertic Dippel hoping to make more plays than mistakes

"Right now, the Wisconsin running game is a three-headed beast," writes Mike Fiammetta.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers' man in middle steps up

 Introduction to Indiana

"There are no fingers you can snap, no buttons you can push to advance the cause being championed by Indiana football coach Bill Lynch. Hard work, not wishful thinking, is the best approach to getting the Hoosiers over the proverbial hump," says Andy Baggot.
  • Madison.com: Indiana struggles to rise to mediocrity

"A catch Damarlo Belcher makes 98 times out of 100 turned into a drop Indiana fans won't soon forget. It resulted in yet another close Big Ten loss for a Hoosiers team that has endured too many of them the last two seasons. Indiana now must win two of its last three games to become bowl eligible," writes Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Hoosiers have Damarlo Belcher's back

"Wisconsin running back John Clay, the reigning Big Ten offensive player of the year, is questionable to play in Saturday's game against Indiana. But the Hoosiers know it will be tough to slow down the Badgers' running game regardless of which player is in the backfield," according to LaMond Pope.
  • JournalGazette.net: IU to key on Badgers' backs

 Badgers in the Pros

"The Lions run defense is completely different with DeAndre Levy playing middle linebacker," according to Tom Kowalski.
  • MLive.com: DeAndre Levy clearly makes a difference

Chris Pressley was signed to Cincinnati's practice squad on Wednesday.
  • Bengals.com: Murray, Pressley signed to practice squad

Paul Hubbard was activated from Buffalo's practice squad.
  • BuffaloBills.com: Bills promote WR Hubbard; add LB

Matt Katula has signed a two-year contract with New England.
  • ESPN.com: Patriots make change at snapper

Jeff Stehle was brought back to Denver's practice squad.
  • DenverBroncos.com: Coats added

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWR Jared Abbrederis catches a touchdown pass during the Badgers' game against Purdue, Nov. 6, 2010 (Neil Ament photo).

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@ESPN_BigTen | Bielema calls guard John Moffitt, who is from Connecticut, the "oddball." That's true in more than one way (just kdding, John).
Posted Nov. 9 at about 11:30 a.m.

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

Badger fan Moose Haas in response to 'Note of the Day' ... "Kudos to that great offensive line of ours. Keep dominating!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Not counting two end-of-game possessions when UW knelt on the ball to kill the clock, the Badgers have posted touchdowns on 30 of their last 31 trips inside the red zone. Their TD percentage of 81.4 inside the red zone (35-of-43) is the best in the country. Last year, UW set a school record by scoring touchdowns on 75.0 percent of its red zone trips.

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game against Indiana (11 a.m. CT, ESPN2).

Tuesday, Nov. 9

The No. 5 Wisconsin football team (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) returns to Camp Randall Stadium for the first time in four weeks to take on Indiana (4-5, 0-5) at 11 a.m. Saturday. The game airs live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.

Head coach Bret Bielema met with the media on Monday.

Watch the press conference Small Video Graphic  |  Read the transcript

 Morning Newsstand

"Last season, the Badgers had 15 interceptions and 26 return yards. Last Saturday, the Badgers had three interceptions and 76 return yards. More significantly, they had a Pick Six," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Spread the word: Ash has secondary looking to score

"The BCS standings are made up of three components, two of which are polls with human beings who vote. A computer will care if you beat a highly-ranked team, but it won't care if you win by one point or 30 points. Humans probably do care," says Matt Lepay.
  • UWBadgers.com: The Voice: Story of season could come down to style points

"University of Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema is riding a hot streak the past three games as the Badgers have converted their past five fourth-down attempts," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Key offensive decisions from Bielema have reaped big rewards

"The University of Wisconsin football team's depth at running back could be tested for a third straight game against Indiana on Saturday. The Badgers expect to get freshman tailback James White back this week, but junior starter John Clay is questionable," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Tailback position takes another hit
  • AP.org: No. 6 Wisconsin may be without RB Clay

"Two days after leaving the field at Ross-Ade Stadium on crutches and wearing a walking boot to protect his sprained right ankle, Wisconsin center Peter Konz appears headed for a week off. That means fifth-year senior Bill Nagy, who has played guard, tight end and center this season, likely will make his first start at center Saturday against Indiana," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Nagy likely fill-in for injured Konz at center vs. Indiana  |  Badgers roundtable - Purdue/Indiana

"It took some lobbying on the part of University of Wisconsin safety Jay Valai to start against Purdue this past Saturday," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Valai had to persuade coaches to start

"I can't say enough about how much [Montee] Ball has meant to Wisconsin the past two games," writes Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten Week 10 rewind/Week 11 preview

"Wisconsin's depth seems to be shaping up as the story of its season," writes Mike Fiametta.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers' depth leads to success  |  Grades

"Wisconsin football head coach Bret Bielema discussed both his team's 34-13 victory over Purdue this past weekend, as well as the Badgers' upcoming contest against Indiana during his weekly press conference Monday," writes Ted Porath.
  • DailyCardinal.com: No. 6 Wisconsin heads into final season stretch

 Introduction to Indiana

"Indiana's 2010 college football season is beginning to resemble the '09 season, which turned out to look strikingly similar to the '08 season. That is bad news for Indiana coach Bill Lynch and his players," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Another season on the skids for Hoosiers  |  The book

"It was a catch Damarlo Belcher would make 99 out of 100 times. The exception came Saturday afternoon in the closing seconds against Iowa," writes Terry Hutchens.
  • IndyStar.com: Hoosiers fall one catch short of huge upset

"Time is running out on the Indiana Hoosiers. Again. With three weeks to go, they still need two wins to become bowl-eligible. They've lost five of their last six, 10 straight against Big Ten opponents and the schedule is about to get even tougher," according to Michael Marot.
  • AP.org: Hoosiers' bowl hopes fading with each loss

"Add Saturday's 18-13 loss to Iowa to Indiana's list of excruciatingly close defeats. During the past two seasons, that list is getting pretty long," says Lamond Pope.
  • JournalGazette.net: IU again losing close ones  |  WR will bounce back

"During his weekly press conference Monday, IU coach Bill Lynch said [Tandon] Doss wouldn't practice Monday and he still was uncertain of Doss' prognosis," says Geoffrey Miller.
  • IDSNews.com: Lynch unsure of extent of injuries to key players  |  What we learned against Iowa  |  It was right there for Hoosiers

 Badgers in the Pros

Travis Beckum forced a fumble on a kickoff in Sunday's win over Seattle.
  • NFL.com: Beckum causes a fumble Small Video Graphic

"Jets starters are utilized by special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff in certain situations, including safety Jim Leonhard, who not only is the main punt returners but also made a touchdown-saving tackle on the elusive Percy Harvin during the 29-20 victory over the Vikings," writes Nick Gallo.
  • NewYorkJets.com: Whatever I have to do to help the team

Mark Tauscher is back with a few hunting stories.
  • TravelWisconsin.com: Hunting stories

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayDT Patrick Butrym makes a tackle during the Badgers' game against Purdue, Nov. 6, 2010 (Neil Ament photo).

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@BigTenScott | WIS CB Fenelus named DEF Co-POW after equaling career high with nine tackles, recovering a fumble and returning a pick for a TD vs. PUR.
Posted Nov. 8 at 9:32 a.m.

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Badger fan Randy Lee in response to 'Bielema named semifinalist for Paterno Coach of the Year Award' ... "Congratulations Coach B! You have done a terrific job this year! Good luck in your next 4 games!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Head coach Bret Bielema was named one of 15 semifinalists for the inaugural Joseph V. Paterno Coach of the Year Award. The winner is selected based on success on the football field, in the classroom and in the community.

Junior DE J.J. Watt was also named one of 16 semifinalists for the 2010 Chuck Bednarik Award, given annually to the nation's Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year.

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game against Indiana (11 a.m. CT, ESPN2).

Monday, Nov. 8

The No. 7 Wisconsin football team used a career-high 127 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Montee Ball and four turnovers from the defense to beat Purdue, 34-13.

UWBadgers.com has complete coverage of the win with analysis, locker room reactions, photos, video highlights and more.

Head coach Bret Bielema meets with the media on Monday at 12:30 p.m.

Watch the press conference live Small Video Graphic

 Afternoon Newsstand

"UW defensive lineman Tyler Dippel, a redshirt freshman from Slinger, provided a glimpse of how productive he can be on back-to-back plays in the second half of Saturday's 34-13 victory at Purdue," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Dippel gets a chance to shine

"Purdue's 10-6 lead didn't throw the Badgers into a halftime panic. Instead, Wisconsin focused on the principles on which it built a 7-1 record," writes Nathan Baird.
  • JCOnline.com: Calm halftime foundation for Wisconsin rally
  • Madison.com: After a slow first half, UW plays like a first-place team

"Center Peter Konz (sprained ankle) appears out this week and tailback John Clay (sprained MCL) might not play," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Konz likely out for Hoosiers; Clay might be held out
  • Madison.com: Clay, Konz questionable for Indiana game

"None of the University of Wisconsin football team's offensive linemen made excuses after Purdue registered three sacks during the Badgers' 34-13 victory Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium," writes Rob Schultz in a notes column.
  • Madison.com: O-line doesn't make excuses for Boilermaker sacks

"Not all spreads are created equal. Still, University of Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren feels good going into the final three regular-season games against spread offenses after the way his side of the ball responded in the second half of the 34-13 victory over Purdue on Saturday," says Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Defense's first exam nets favorable grade

"The University of Wisconsin football team's road to the Rose Bowl didn't change over the weekend. The best way for the Badgers to get to Pasadena, Calif., and a potential berth against TCU -- How's that for tradition? -- is to win their last three games and for Michigan State to lose," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Taking a look at BCS at-large chances
  • JSOnline.com: Strong finish would benefit UW in BCS
  • ESPN.com: Bowl projections  |  UW to No. 7 in BCS  |  One good thing Small Video Graphic

"Montee Ball's monster 31-yard touchdown run was both an exhibition of blocking and using your blockers to perfection," Adam Hoge writes as he breaks down the play.
  • Buckys5thQuarter.com: Breaking down UW's blocking convoy

"The bye week was not kind to Wisconsin senior strong safety Jay Valai. While several of his teammates used the bye week to recover from injuries, Valai suffered a partially torn right calf during practice on either Wednesday or Thursday. The injury affected his play in the first half of UW's 34-13 victory over Purdue, though he played better after halftime," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Valai bounces back after injury

Ben Worgull and Michael Bleach break down UW's win.
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Badgers steamroll Boilermakers Small Video Graphic

"With the Badgers sporting an 8-1 record and the No.7 ranking in the BCS standings, the UW cornerbacks are worthy of some serious applause," writes Max Henson.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Corners no longer holding UW back

 Morning Newsstand

"The University of Wisconsin football team's defensive players somehow managed to keep the faith, despite all of the evidence to the contrary," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Turnovers fuel Badgers' second-half rally  |  Gametracker

"Although poll voters might look at Wisconsin's 34-13 victory over Purdue on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium with a critical eye, the UW players and coaches had a different view," says Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Turnovers key Badgers' win over Purdue  |  Report card

"University of Wisconsin sophomore linebacker Mike Taylor was down to one knee brace against Purdue on Saturday. That was a good sign for the Badgers' defense," says Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Taylor makes a statement, returns to top form  |  Grades

"On an afternoon when the other parts of UW's game were a little shaky, those four turnovers - including a fumble recovery and an interception by cornerback Antonio Fenelus - that produced 24 points were the difference in the 34-13 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium," according to Michael Hunt.
  • JSOnline.com: Turnovers turn tide for Wisconsin  |  Badger report

Antonio Fenelus, Mike Taylor and Culmer St. Jean all earned helmet stickers from ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. Meanwhile, the Badgers top Rittenberg's Big Ten power rankings.
  • ESPN.com: Helmet stickers  |  Power rankings  |  What we learned

"Most of the focus after the Badgers' second half turnaround led to a 34-13 victory was on the turnovers, which seemed to spark the entire team. Simple execution may have had something to do with it, too," says Jordan Schelling.
  • BadgerBlitz.com: Third downs critical on D

"After a sloppy, sluggish first half, the Wisconsin Badgers recovered to take down the Purdue Boilermakers 34-13 Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium behind a strong defensive effort and two touchdowns from running back Montee Ball," writes Mike Fiametta.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Badgers overcome early mistakes, take down PU  |  Turnovers ignite second half surge

"Coming off its bye week, No. 7 Wisconsin turned in a half-full performance in a half-hostile environment, but used three second half interceptions to beat Purdue 34-13 in West Lafayette, Ind," says Parker Gabriel.
  • DailyCardinal.com: 'D' leads 8-1 Badgers past Boilermakers

"There haven't been many plays this season that have satisfied Montee Ball more than his 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that stuck a dagger into Purdue Saturday afternoon at Ross-Ade Stadium," says Rob Schultz.
  • Madison.com: In consecutive games, Ball is key to Badgers' victory

"Bob Bostad is the conductor of Wisconsin's offensive line, driving his players day after day to excel individually and collectively. Yet the player who has the best view of the unit, the player who literally is in the middle of the action, is redshirt sophomore center Peter Konz," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Wisconsin's offensive line quietly gets the job done

 Prepping for Purdue

"Purdue's offense showed it wasn't completely on life support, despite a freshman quarterback making his first career start. The defense played admirably after being placed in difficult situations," writes Mike Carmin.
  • IndyStar.com: Badgers gain advantage with 2nd-half takeaways

"Lost in Saturday's 34-13 loss that included 24 points as the result of Purdue turnovers, the Boilermakers defense had a relatively solid performance against seventh-ranked Wisconsin," says Jeff Washburn.
  • IndyStar.com: Don't blame defensive effort in Purdue loss

"From the moment last week's game ended at Illinois, Sean Robinson was told he would be Purdue's starting quarterback for Saturday's matchup against No. 7 Wisconsin. The trust and confidence settled down Robinson, who played better but still made too many mistakes during the Boilermakers' 34-13 loss at Ross-Ade Stadium," says Mike Carmin.
  • JCOnline.com: Purdue freshman QB experiences highs and lows  |  Interceptions costly to Purdue in second half  |  Grades

"For the Purdue football team, it was a tale of two halves," according to Jason Kamery.
  • PurdueExponent.org: Badgers take bite out of the Boilers  Freshman quarterback shows high potential

 Badgers in the Pros

Playing in just his second career game, O'Brien Schofield had a career-high two tackles and forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in Arizona's 27-24 overtime loss to Minnesota.
  • NFL.com: Schofield causes a fumble Small Video Graphic

DeAndre Levy had a season-high 10 tackles in Detroit's 23-20 loss to the New York Jets in overtime.
  • NFL.com: New York Jets 23, Detroit 20

Owen Daniels was made inactive for Houston due to a hamstring injury
  • NBCSports.com: Daniels out for week 9 against Chargers

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayRB Montee Ball runs into the clear during the Badgers' game against Purdue, Nov. 6, 2010 (Neil Ament photo).

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 Note of the Day

Auburn and Wisconsin are the only two teams in the country that have defeated two teams currently ranked in the top 15 of the BCS standings.

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