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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. 19

The No. 5 Wisconsin football team (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) strikes out on the road to face Michigan (7-3, 3-3) in a Big Ten Conference clash at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., with ESPN and ESPN3.com airing the game live.

Bret Bielema met with the media following Thursday's practice for the No. 5 Wisconsin football team, and UWBadgers.com was there to get the latest updates from the Badgers' head coach.

Bielema offers take on Michigan Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

"There's a difference between depth and quality depth and the Badgers are progressing toward the latter [along the defensive line]," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Early-season action for the defensive line is paying off now

"If fifth-ranked Wisconsin remains in the running for a Big Ten Conference football title with a victory Saturday at Michigan, it will probably do so without junior tailback John Clay," Jeff Potrykus writes in this notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: Clay likely won't play vs. Wolverines

"If reserve cornerback Devin Smith can build upon his play against Indiana and close the regular season with two strong performances, beginning Saturday at Michigan, the catalyst will be easy to identify," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: UW reserve cornerback Smith showing improvement

Adam Rittenberg has a guide to help Wisconsin fans know who to root for this weekend.
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten rooting interest: Week 12

"Big House, big rival, big game. That's what it boils down to for the No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers as they head to Ann Arbor to take on the Michigan Wolverines Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium," writes Mike Fiametta.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Get your shoes tied: UW heads to the Big House

"A week ago the Wisconsin running backs proved they could score--and do it at a prodigious rate--at home without star junior John Clay. While Clay has not been officially ruled out of Saturday's game at Michigan, the No. 6 Badgers will likely have to prove they can repeat the performance in a hostile environment," according to Parker Gabriel.
  • DailyCardinal.com: UW set to run with Michigan at Big House

"Wisconsin is closing in on a special season, needing two wins to claim at least a share of the Big Ten title and perhaps its first BCS bowl bid. The sixth-ranked Badgers are trying to block out the hype," says Larry Lage.
  • AP.org: No. 6 Wisconsin focused on winning Big Ten title

J.J. Watt is one of ten "under-the-radar recruits now tearing it up," according to Bruce Feldman.
  • ESPN.com: No one saw Kellen Moore coming (insider required)

"To help break down Saturday's game, AnnArbor.com invited Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal to participate in our Beat Writer Breakdown."
  • AnnArbor.com: Beat Writer Breakdown

 Watching the Wolverines

Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez talks about Saturday's game against Wisconsin.
  • ESPN.com: Rich Rodriguez on facing Badgers Small Video Graphic  |  Injury report

"Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez expects an emotional evening tonight with his players at the team hotel, as the seniors prepare for their final game at Michigan Stadium," according to Angelique S. Chengelis.
  • DetNews.com: U-M seniors intent on happy ending for home finale

"While Michigan may have the more impressive running game stats, Wisconsin may be the more feared rushing team. It's mostly because you know what's coming -- behind an offensive line that averages 6-feet-51/2, 320 pounds and has combined for 125 career starts -- and still have to deal with it," says Mark Snyder.
  • FreeP.com: Michigan defense must stop UW's big running game  |  Preview

"[James] Rogers will be among those honored against Wisconsin on Saturday when Michigan's senior class plays its final home game. It's a small, 12-man class, one thinned over the years amid a seismic switch in coaches and philosophies. Rogers probably had valid reasons to consider joining the ranks of the departed, but he never considered leaving," according to  Pete Bigelow.
  • AnnArbor.com: Interception was long time in making for Michigan senior James Rogers

 Badgers in the Pros

Mark Tauscher is still helping Green Bay from the sidelines.
  • WBAY.com: Tauscher sidelined, given sideline responsibilities

Owen Daniels did not practice on Thursday and will likely miss his third game in a row.
  • FanHouse.com: Daniels sits with hamstring ailment

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien (16) throws to Lance Kendricks (84) while being rushed by Michigan linebacker Brandon Smith (4) during the first half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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@BuckyBadger | What an awesome shot! RT @OnWisMag: Badgers v Mich tomorrow! If this doesn't get fans pumped up, what will?! http://bit.ly/9xeKca
Posted Nov. 18 at 10:01 a.m.

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Badger fan Thomas Paull in response to 'Bret Bielema looks ahead to Michigan' ... "Go Badgers go! The game with Michigan is going to be awesome! I think I am smelling roses!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

The Badgers have forced seven turnovers in the last two games and scored points off of each of them, totaling 45 points. UW forced just seven total turnovers in the first eight games.

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game at Michigan (11 a.m. CT, ESPN).

Thursday, Nov. 18

The No. 5 Wisconsin football team (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) strikes out on the road to face Michigan (7-3, 3-3) in a Big Ten Conference clash at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., with ESPN and ESPN3.com airing the game live.

The No. 5-ranked Badgers face a challenge on defense Saturday against a potent Michigan offense, and UWBadgers.com caught up with Jay Valai and Patrick Butrym after Wednesday's practice to discuss the team's preparation for the Wolverines.

Valai, Butrym discuss challenge of defending Wolverines Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

Check out the web page for UW's honors candidates including LT Gabe Carimi, RB John Clay, TE Lance Kendricks, LG John Moffitt, QB Scott Tolzien and DE J.J. Watt.
  • UWBadgers.com: 2010 Wisconsin Football Award candidates

In case you missed it from Tuesday, head coach Bret Bielema was a guest on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike."
  • ESPN.com: Bielema on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike"

"On most weeks, UW offensive coordinator Paul Chryst will talk on the telephone with three confidants outside of the Badger football program. He'll call them. Or they'll call him," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Clear connection: Chryst makes most of coaching network

"The University of Wisconsin football team's offense can't wait to take the field in games. In an age when most teams defer their decision to the second half after winning the coin flip, the Badgers jump at the chance to take the ball," says Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Early points are a Badger hallmark

"The numbers suggest UW will move the ball consistently against a team that is last in the Big Ten in total defense (433.9 ypg.), last in passing defense (270.2 ypg.), eighth in rushing defense (163.7 ypg.) and ninth in scoring defense (32.1 ppg.)," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Michigan's defense has improved in recent games

"Before a single snap, it seems everyone expects Saturday's game between Wisconsin and Michigan to be a shootout. With the Badgers unloading 83 points on Indiana just days ago and quarterback Denard Robinson leading a quick-strike Wolverine offense, it's easy to see why. Just don't tell the Wisconsin defense that they're about to take part in a high-scoring affair," says Max Henson.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Robinson, quick-strike Michigan offense next on tap

"Bill Nagy was on track for a starting role on Wisconsin's offensive line heading into last season before he was in a Moped accident. Now, he's at the center of the Badgers' offense after his life took an abrupt flip," writes Colin Fly.
  • AP.org: Wisconsin's Nagy gets starting role after accident

The stock of Wisconsin's offensive efficiency is up, according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Stock report  |  Chat  |  Predictions  |  What to watch

"At Big Ten Media Day in August, [John] Clay sat down with the [Michigan] Daily to talk about the upcoming season," writes Tim Rohan.
  • MichiganDaily.com: Q&A with Wisconsin running back Clay

 Watching the Wolverines

"With [fifth]-ranked Wisconsin visiting Michigan Stadium on Saturday for the Wolverines' final home game, [Rich] Rodriguez said Wednesday during his weekly teleconference it will be a game-time call who will handle the kicking," according to Angeliqe S. Chengelis.
  • DetNews.com: U-M will wait until game time to make call on kicker

"The Badgers play perhaps the purest form of power football left in the conference. Oversized running backs, big tight ends and mammoth offensive linemen bulldoze opponents. It's not that simple, although sometimes it seems that way," says Pete Bigelow.
  • AnnArbor.com: Wisconsin's offense may be familiar, but it's tough to stop

"After rushing for 68 yards against Purdue, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson stands closer to the all-time college football record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season," Pete Bigelow writes in this notes column.
  • AnnArbor.com: Robinson nears record

"Cam Gordon isn't used to staying in one place," writes Ryan Kartje.
  • MichiganDaily.com: Through three position changes, Gordon finding his place with Michigan defense

 Badgers in the Pros

Mark Tauscher gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Green Bay facilities in his latest blog post.
  • TravelWisconsin.com: A sneak peek into Lambeau Field

Owen Daniels did not practice on Wednesday and may miss his third game in a row.
  • Chron.com: Chaos in practice

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayJay Valai and J.J. Watt stop Jason Olesnavage after Olesnavage had a field goal attempt blocked and bounce back to him during the first half of last season's game against Michigan.

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@BigTenScott | Big Ten just announced a media agreement with FOX Sports to televise 2011-16 Big Ten Football Championship Games
Posted Nov. 17 at 6:45 p.m.

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Badger fan Frankie-Frank Switala in response to 'Butrym, Valai look at defense heading into Michigan' ... "Fear the Badgers!!!! lol ok so it sounds so much better for the bucks, but i had to say it anyways"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

The Badgers have committed just seven turnovers this season, tied for the fewest in the country. UW has lost just two fumbles on the season, also tied for the fewest in the country. The Badgers' top three running backs (John Clay, James White and Montee Ball) have combined for 393 touches (369 carries and 24 receptions) and fumbled the ball just once. The school record for fewest turnovers in a season is 10 (1998) and fewest fumbles is five (2005).

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game at Michigan (11 a.m. CT, ESPN).

Wednesday, Nov. 17

The No. 5 Wisconsin football team (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) strikes out on the road to face Michigan (7-3, 3-3) in a Big Ten Conference clash at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., with ESPN and ESPN3.com airing the game live.

After putting up 83 points against Indiana on Saturday, the Wisconsin offense is clicking on all cylinders. UWBadgers.com spoke with quarterback Scott Tolzien and offensive lineman John Moffitt after practice on Tuesday to get their thoughts on why the offense has been so successful.

Tolzien and Moffitt explain efficient offense Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

"It's a simple mantra that University of Wisconsin running backs hear every day in practice from position coach John Settle: "Ball security is job security," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: One key to Badgers' success has been few fumbles

"UW returns to Michigan Stadium on Saturday for the first time since 2008, when the Badgers suffered perhaps their most humiliating defeat under coach Bret Bielema," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers learned less from '08 loss to Wolverines  |  Badgers Roundtable - Indiana/Michigan

"No matter how prepared a team is, it needs the personnel to execute the game plan. And the Badgers have the right mix of talent to form an elite offensive unit. There are not a lot of weak points on the offense," writes Adam Holt.
  • BadgerHerald.com: UW offense has all bases covered

"The Badgers already have recorded their first win against the nation's No. 1 team since 1981, beating Ohio State on Oct. 16. A week later, Bielema recorded his first road win against a ranked Big Ten opponent when Wisconsin rallied to beat Iowa 31-30. Wisconsin now takes aim at another milestone," according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Badgers aim to end Big House blues  |  Awards update

Current tight ends coach Joe Rudolph was a starting offensive lineman as a senior in 1994 when unranked UW upset 10th-ranked Michigan 31-19, the team's last victory at Michigan Stadium, in this story by Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: A big challenge at the Big House

 Watching the Wolverines

"With seven wins, Michigan has likely locked up a bowl game in a warm climate. The Wolverines would love to upset Wisconsin and stun rival Ohio State to make their expected postseason trip even sweeter," Larry Lage writes.
  • LATimes.com: Michigan motivated for more than 7-win season

"[Rich] Rodriguez acknowledged this week that, until now, reality has not kept pace with his vision," writes Andy Baggot.
  • Madison.com: Michigan's coach says his team's focues is on UW

"Two words have been bandied about by Michigan's defensive players the last few weeks: Swagger. Fun. That's what happens when the Wolverines have won two consecutive games and are bowl-eligible for the first time in three seasons under coach Rich Rodriguez," writes Angelique S. Chengelis.
  • DetNews.com: Michigan defense beginning to gain confidence

"On a rainy afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind., Adam Patterson's five years of work in the Michigan football program paid off," Michael Rothstein reports.
  • AnnArbor.com: Patterson makes most of chance to start

"Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez takes exception to anyone who thinks Denard Robinson's big-game performances have been limited to the first third of the season, when he was prominently mentioned as a Heisman Trophy candidate," Angelique S. Chengelis writes.
  • DetNews.com: Robinson's body of work bigger than one game

 Badgers in the Pros

"Has the Green Bay Packers career of Mark Tauscher come to an end on the Friday of a bye week? That's the question you have to ask after the Packers placed Tauscher on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury suffered Oct. 3," Kevin Seifert writes.
  • ESPN.com: Is this it for Mark Tauscher?

Owen Daniels did not play on Sunday due to a hamstring injury, his second missed game in a row.
  • Chron.com: Allen to cram for possible duty

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayTE Jake Byrne (82) is congratulated by teammates Lance Kendricks (84) and Brian Wozniak (49) after scoring a touchdown during the Badgers' game vs. Indiana, Nov. 13, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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@JJWatt99 | Newsflash: After 2 months of gymnastics class, I have confirmed that I will never be an Olympic Gymnast... Surprising, I know.
Posted Nov. 16 at 2:11 p.m.

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

Badger fan Jacob Beebe in response to 'UW vs. Indiana' ... "was at the game had a awesome time........great job JJ"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Wisconsin leads the country in red zone touchdown percentage, converting 81.1 percent of its trips inside the 20-yard line into touchdowns. During Big Ten play, the Badgers have converted 25 of their 28 red zone trips into touchdowns (89.3 percent).

In the red zone this season, QB Scott Tolzien has completed 20-of-23 passes for 190 yards and 12 touchdowns without an interception. That translates to an efficiency of 328.5.

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game at Michigan (11 a.m. CT, ESPN).

Tuesday, Nov. 16

The No. 5 Wisconsin football team (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) strikes out on the road to face Michigan (7-3, 3-3) in a Big Ten Conference clash at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m., with ESPN and ESPN3.com airing the game live.

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema with the media on Monday at his weekly news conference. He talked about the challenges presented by this week's opponent, Michigan. A complete transcript can be found below.

Watch the press conference Small Video Graphic  |  Read the transcript

 Morning Newsstand

"Saturday's twin deluge of points and rain may have pained the Indiana Hoosiers and their faithful. But the real hurt fell to the forearms, biceps and noses of the three Bucky Badgers at Wisconsin's 83-20 massacre of Indiana at Camp Randall," says Dan Simmons.
  • Madison.com: Big win over Hoosiers was hard, smelly workout for Bucky

"With [John] Clay questionable for UW's critical Big Ten game Saturday at Michigan, the future might be now. Clay isn't fully recovered from the sprained medial collateral ligament he suffered Nov. 6 at Purdue," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: UW might to have replace feet of Clay again
  • AP.org: No. 6 Wisconsin may be without Clay again

"The Wisconsin Badgers football team put together another impressive performance Saturday, but their mindset is already directed toward Michigan. The game plan hasn't changed for head coach Bret Bielema and the Badgers as they turn their focus to the opponent at hand," Heidi Hillebrandt writes.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Bielema ready to revisit Big House  |  Grades

"In his weekly press conference Monday, head coach Bret Bielema praised some of the key players in Saturday's 83-20 trouncing of Indiana and previewd the Badgers' upcoming game against Big Ten rival Michigan," writes Ted Porath.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Plenty of honors to go around following IU win

 Watching the Wolverines

"The decision by Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez to play [Denard] Robinson and sophomore Tate Forcier on alternating series in the second half of a 27-16 win at Purdue on Saturday doesn't make the preparation any easier for UW's defense this week," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Michigan QBs Robinson, Forcier each capable of hurting Badgers

"A little more than a month into the season, Michigan sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson was being hailed as the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy. As Michigan prepares to host Wisconsin at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Heisman talk has abated," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • JSOnline.com: Robinson has been dual threatening presence  |  Book

"Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez certainly hopes -- but is not yet sure -- that two of the Wolverines' best defensive players will be available Saturday against Wisconsin. Nose tackle Mike Martin and linebacker Jonas Mouton missed last week's game against Purdue because of lingering injuries," writes Angelique S. Chengelis.
  • DetNews.com: Return of U-M's Martin, Mouton uncertain

"Even after Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson struggled enough Saturday to fall into a rotation with backup Tate Forcier, coach Rich Rodriguez insists Robinson is the starter," Mark Snyder writes.
  • FreeP.com: Rodriguez stands up for Robinson's production

"Where did Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez think his program would be three years into his tenure?" Angelique S. Chengelis has the answer in this notes column.
  • DetNews.com: Rodriguez: 'I thought we'd be further ahead' by year 3

 Badgers in the Pros

Casey Rabach has been named a captain for Washington.
  • WashingtonPost.com: Redskins elevate three to captain status

DeAndre Levy recovered a fumble in Sunday's loss to Buffalo.
  • NFL.com: Levy picks up the loose ball Small Video Graphic

"Linebacker Nick Greisen takes great pleasure in hitting quarterbacks -- it's one of the best parts of his job as a professional football player. But what happens when the quarterback he's trying to hit is someone near and dear to him, like his older brother?" writes Korey Mallien.
  • GreenBayPressGazette.com: Oh, brother! Nick and Chris Greisen enjoy first head-to-head encounter

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayBucky Badger poses for a photo after doing 573 push-ups during the Badgers' 83-20 win over Indiana, Nov. 13, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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@UWMadison | Hey, @buckybadger: That was quite a workout you had on Saturday afternoon! (via @WiStateJournal): http://bit.ly/dgySmM
Posted Nov. 16 at 7:49 a.m.

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Badger fan Dave Swiderski in response to 'This Week In Badger Athletics 11/15' ... "Go Badgers! Your football is amazing!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Wisconsin's defense has been whistled for one pass interference penalty all season, in the second quarter of the second game of the season, vs. San Jose State. UW leads the country in fewest penalties per game, averaging just 3.1 flags per game. The Badgers' 30.8 penalty yards per game is good for third in the country.

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game at Michigan (11 a.m. CT, ESPN).

Monday, Nov. 15

Behind six rushing touchdowns and three more through the air, a dominant offensive attack led the No. 5 Wisconsin football team to a decisive 83-20 win over Indiana at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday.

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

"Wisconsin hasn't won often in Ann Arbor. But two of the UW's last three wins in the Big House have been a stepping stone to a Big Reward - an appearance in the Rose Bowl," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Wins at Big House have led to big rewards

"It's one thing to make a move and struggle with the language and how it's being communicated as an athlete. It's another thing to make a move and struggle with the language and how it's being communicated as a student. Combine the things, and you have a better understanding of what Culmer St. Jean had to deal with and overcome to be a starting linebacker and honors student at Wisconsin," Mike Lucas writes.
  • UWBadgers.com: Scholar-Baller: St. Jean adapts to excel on and off field
  • Madison.com: St. Jean has worked into steady role on improved defense

"Wisconsin tailback John Clay, who sat out UW's victory over Indiana because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, might not be ready to play Saturday at Michigan," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • JSOnline.com: Clay might sit against Michigan; Nagy should start at center
  • Madison.com: Clay questionable; Konz likely a backup at best this week

"As the Badgers hit the stretch run of the Big Ten Conference regular season, junior defensive end Louis Nzegwu has become a prime topic of conversation," in this story by Andy Baggot.
  • Madison.com: Five good minutes with Nzegwu

"The last two teams the Badgers have played -- including Indiana on Saturday, during UW's 83-20 win at Camp Randall Stadium -- have gone out of their way to keep the ball away from Gilreath. For a returner, that's the ultimate sign of respect," according to Tom Mulhern in this notes package.
  • Madison.com: Opponents give Gilreath respect as kick returner

"The Badgers are concerned about being overtaken by Ohio State in the final BCS standings, which in the event of a three-way tie -- also including Michigan State -- could cost UW its first Rose Bowl trip since 2000. So, it only stands to figure, the Badgers need the Buckeyes to lose. Just not this week," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Knowing what to root for can be confusing for fans in BCS era

Adam Rittenberg gives game balls to Louis Nzegwu, J.J. Watt and Scott Tolzien.
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten Week 11 rewind/Week 12 preview

"Niles Brinkley offered no excuses. Asked this week whether he remembered his performance in Wisconsin's three-point victory at Indiana last season, the senior cornerback didn't sugarcoat his answer," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • JSOnline.com: UW's Brinkley has burn notice  |  Badger report

"Remember Michigan! That was the message Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema delivered to his players not long after their 83-20 thumping of Indiana on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers turn focus on Michigan
  • JSOnline.com: Little time for Badgers to celebrate

 Morning Newsstand

"Lost in all of the points that were scored against Indiana were a couple of teaching points that potentially could have more value to the Badgers than the style points from an 83-20 rout," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Despite blowout, Badgers make most of 'teaching points'

"It's not enough for a college football team to simply win a game in the era of the Bowl Championship Series. It also must do it in noticeable fashion. That's what the No. 6 University of Wisconsin football team did with a jaw-dropping 83-20 victory over Indiana on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Historic day, Badgers score on every possession  |  Gametracker

"There is no mercy rule in the Big Ten Conference, and Bret Bielema's Badgers showed the Hoosiers no mercy Saturday as they scored 11 touchdowns en route to a record-setting 83-20 victory that delighted a crowd of 80,477 and kept UW in the hunt for the Big Ten title," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers show no mercy against Hoosiers  |  Report card

"In his first start of the season, sophomore running back Montee Ball put up 145 rushing yards and three touchdowns -- in the first half. He finished with a career-high 167 yards on the ground. Fellow tailback James White returned after missing the Purdue game due to a knee sprain and had 144 yards with two scores," writes Adam Holt.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Hoosier daddy? UW drops 83 points on IU  |  UW puts forth complete team effort in blowout

"Returning home on a cold, blustery day at Camp Randall, the No. 7 Wisconsin offense caught fire as UW cruised to an 83-20 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers," according to Max Sternberg.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Easy pickings: Badgers demolish Indiana  |  Team excels from every angle, at every position

"When Wisconsin racks up 598 yards of total offense, forces three turnovers, sees Montee Ball rush for a career high in the first half and celebrates Aaron Henry's third touchdown of the year, things are probably going well," according to Tom Lea.
  • BadgerBlitz.com: Badgers rout Hoosiers in epic fashion  |  Ball, White run all over Hoosiers

"It was an important game for [Aaron] Henry because his mom made her first trip to Camp Randall Stadium to watch him play. The only other time she saw him play in college was his freshman year at Illinois in 2007, when he said he only got in the game briefly," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: With his mom in the stands, Henry has a memorable day

"Wisconsin prides itself on being a hard-nosed, no-frills, gritty program. The Badgers aren't known for their sense of style, and they're proud of it," Adam Rittenberg writes.
  • ESPN.com: Bielema: No style points in Badgers' win  |  Helmet stickers  |  What we learned  |  Bowl projections  |  Power rankings

"It's hard, frankly, to tell if the offensive line for the University of Wisconsin football team is actually getting better every week or if its members just hang out on the same lofty plateau. Apparently they have a difficult time making that distinction as well," Andy Baggot says.
  • Madison.com: Offensive line is showing they are a fantastic five

"You know the offense is clicking when it scores on all 12 possessions -- including 10 touchdowns -- and [Montee] Ball can say with a straight face he wasn't too surprised," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Points prove point

 Introduction to Indiana

"There are bad losses and there are embarrassing defeats. Saturday's game may go down in Indiana football history as the worst ever in the latter category," writes Terry Hutchens.
  • IndyStar.com: Can it get much worse than this for IU?

"It was a long day for the IU football team. But it was quarterback Ben Chappell's shortest day of the season in the Hoosiers' 83-20 loss at No. 6 Wisconsin. The senior signal caller did not return to the game after leaving in the second quarter with a hip injury," writes Connor O'Gara.
  • IDSNews.com: Injury to Chappell deflates football team, Lynch says  |  What we learned  |  Where do the Hoosiers go from here?

"If there was a defining moment for the Hoosiers in their mind-boggling loss to the University of Wisconsin Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium -- a record-setting 83-20 decision that might well cost Lynch his job -- it came in the second quarter with the game still very much in doubt," writes Andy Baggot.
  • Madison: Six minutes in the second quarter are key in Badgers' win

"The defeats have come in a variety of ways. But none has been as brutal as the Mauling in Madison," according to LaMond Pope.
  • JournalGazette.net: Hoosiers still licking their wounds

 Badgers in the Pros

Chris Chambers caught his first touchdown of the season, an 11-yard reception, in Kansas City's 49-29 loss to Denver.
  • NFL.com: Chambers' 11-yard TD Small Video Graphic

Lee Evans had two receptions for 52 yards as Buffalo won for the first time in 2010, a 14-12 victory over Detroit.
  • NFL.com: Evans' 43-yard reception Small Video Graphic

Jim Leonhard forced a fumble during the New York Jets' 26-20 overtime win over Joe Thomas and the Cleveland Browns.
  • NFL.com: Leonhard forces the fumble Small Video Graphic

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayEthan Hemer (87) fights through a block to pursue Indiana's Zach Davis-Walker during the Badgers' game vs. Indiana, Nov. 13, 2010 (photo by David Stluka)

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 Note of the Day

Wisconsin is the only team in the country with three running backs that each have at least 500 yards rushing this season (Clay - 929, White - 714, Ball - 513). All three have at least two 100-yard games this season.

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