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Friday, Nov. 26

The No. 5 Wisconsin football team (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) plays its regular-season finale Saturday with at least a share of the Big Ten championship on the line, as Northwestern (7-4, 3-4) comes to Camp Randall Stadium.

John Moffitt, Scott Tolzien, Lance Kendricks and Culmer St. Jean talk about their favorite Camp Randall moments, what they liked most about playing at home, and what their emotions are heading into their final home game Saturday vs. Northwestern.

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 Afternoon Newsstand

"On any given day, UW senior linebacker Blake Sorensen might be on the phone with his older brother Brett. Or his older brother Bart. Or his older brother Ben. Or maybe all of the above," according to Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Sorensen saves his best for last
  • UWBadgers.com: Bielema preparing to send off special class

"It's the first thing just about everybody notices about the University of Wisconsin football team's offensive line. The size... It's usually only after the game the coaches focus on something else: how well those big guys move," says Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: O-line's fancy footwork complements incredible bulk

"Wisconsin's 14-player senior class set to take the field at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against visiting Northwestern has the opportunity to leave a legacy that hasn't been part of the UW program in more than a decade," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers hope for a rare legacy

"[Jay] Valai, one of six captains, has endured through a season in which he's suffered a concussion and a torn calf muscle. But he's found a way to get the job done, a theme he'd like to carry through the regular-season finale against Northwestern," says Andy Baggot.
  • Madison.com: Five good minutes with Valai
  • JSOnline.com: Senior sentiment? For Valai, it's just win, baby

"Barry Alvarez, still an avid college football fan more than four years after his final game as a head coach, has seen this act before. Wisconsin's athletic director has lived through it," says Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: UW season is a reminder for Alvarez of '99

"[Lance] Kendricks and the fifth-ranked Badgers believe they have a rematch to settle with Northwestern on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium before they can talk about a potential trip to Pasadena for the first time since the 1999 season," according to Colin Fly.
  • AP.org: CBs shore up secondary for No. 5 Wisconsin

"Wisconsin's offense isn't new. It's just better. A lot better," according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Three reasons behind Wisconsin's surge  |  Chat
  • ESPN.com: Big Ten awards race update: Week 13  |  Rooting interest

"While [Scott] Tolzien awaits the final vote for the Unitas Award, he will have to settle for being the captain of the Daily Herald's all-area college team," Lindsey Wilhite writes.
  • DailyHerald.com: Ex-Fremd star Tolzien a proven winner at Wisconsin

"Wisconsin senior tight end Lance Kendricks talks about being named a finalist for the Mackey Award and playing for a chance to win the Big Ten."
  • FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Kendricks gets Mackey nod Small Video Graphic

"For the first time in more than two years, Kirk DeCremer will step onto the field at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday to take part in Senior Day introductions for the University of Wisconsin football team," writes Adam Mertz.
  • Madison.com: For DeCremer, Senior Day marks return to football field

"Niles Brinkley and Antonio Fenelus both heard the criticism in the offseason. The reason the Wisconsin defense wasn't more successful a year ago was because their cornerbacks just couldn't keep up," writes Colin Fly.
  • Omaha.com: CBs shore up secondary for No. 5 Wisconsin

 News from Northwestern

"Starting running back Mike Trumpy will sit out Saturday's game at Wisconsin with a wrist injury," according to Andrew Scoggin.
  • DailyNorthwestern.com: Trumpy out with wrist injury against Wisconsin
  • ESPN.com: Injury reports

"Dan Persa would have helped NU athletic director Jim Phillips sell Wildcat football to the bowl committee members who will have a say where Northwestern will try to snap its seven-game postseason losing streak," according to Teddy Greenstein.
  • ChicagoTribune.com: No love lost between Wisconsin and Northwestern

 Badgers in the Pros

"Second-year player Matt Shaughnessy is expected to replace [Trevor] Scott in Oakland's starting lineup but the Raiders have discussed using outside linebackers Quentin Groves and Bruce Davis there."
  • ESPN.com: Trevor Scott placed on IR

"Buffalo Bills offensive lineman and former third round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers Kraig Urbik joined Seibel and Starkey [Wednesday] on Sportsradio 93-7 The FAN to discuss his teams game this Sunday in which they host the Steelers.
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"For [Kraig] Urbik his first start for the Bills will come against the team that drafted him in the Pittsburgh Steelers, though the guard doesn't see himself getting any more motivated to play his former team," according to Chris Brown.
  • BuffaloBills.com: Three Bills out for Sunday

"Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson and wide receiver Lee Evans shared their home away from home and spoke to nearly 100 students from five Buffalo Public Schools at the Bills Fieldhouse on November 20th about Fueling Up to Play 60," writes Andy Major.
  • BuffaloBills.com: Evans and Jackson "Fuel Up to Play 60"

Owen Daniels did not practice on Thursday.
  • Chron.com: Cushing, Daniels miss practice

GangGreenNation.com has Jim Leonhard's postgame press conference.
  • GangGreenNation.com: Jim Leonhard postgame press conference

"Donovan McNabb, Macho Harris, Carlos Rogers, Casey Rabach, HB Blades, Trent Williams, Kory Lichtensteiger, Phillip Daniels, Artis Hicks and Anthony Armstrong all spoke to the media [Wednesday]."
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  • FanHousel.com: Casey Rabach plans to tough it out

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayJ.J. Watt attempts to block a field goal Northwestern (photo by Joe Koshollek, 11/21/09)

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@BigTenScott  |  WIS DE J.J. Watt named one of four finalists for Lott IMPACT Trophy, given to nation's top defensive player.
Posted Nov. 26 at 2:17 p.m.

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

Badger fan Arthur Rasch, in response to "Wisconsin offense looks ahead to Northwestern" ... "maybe there are a whole bunch of losses and we get to play for a championship, well wishful thinking and its not christmas yet"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Wisconsin has rushed for 41 touchdowns this season, a school-record and second-most in the country behind only Nevada (44). The Big Ten record for rushing TDs in a season is 48. Wisconsin's top three tailbacks (Clay, White and Ball), each have 13 rushing TDs on the season.

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game vs. Northwestern (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC)

Wednesday, Nov. 24

The No. 5 Wisconsin football team (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) plays its regular-season finale Saturday with at least a share of the Big Ten championship on the line, as Northwestern (7-4, 3-4) comes to Camp Randall Stadium.

Saturday's regular season finale marks the final home game for 14 Wisconsin players. UWBadgers.com spoke with two of those seniors, tight end Lance Kendricks and wide receiver David Gilreath, to get their thoughts on their final home game.

Kendricks and Gilreath look ahead to Senior Day Small Video Graphic

 Morning Newsstand

"So far, [Bob] Bostad has gotten the most out of the O-line, which is one of the reasons, if not the leading reason, why the Badgers are in the position to claim a share of the Big Ten championship," Mike Lucas writes.
  • UWBadgers.com: Block, run, repeat: Bostad keeps Badgers moving forward

"Junior tailback John Clay, who has been sidelined for two games since suffering a sprained ligament in his right knee at Purdue, returned to practice Tuesday," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: UW's Clay trying to get back in the game  |  Roundtable

"The powerful University of Wisconsin running game has developed a bigger punch in the past two games," says Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Badgers showing they have what it takes for the long run

"Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has studied Wisconsin's running game with junior tailback John Clay in the lineup and with Clay standing on the sideline, cheering on his younger replacements. Neither the game plan nor the productivity has changed with sophomore Montee Ball and freshman James White sharing the workload," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • JSOnline.com: UW never breaks stride

"If senior quarterback Scott Tolzien had his choice, he wouldn't want to know the scores of the other Big Ten games that affect the Badgers' fate prior to their kickoff," Tom Mulhern writes in a notes column.
  • Madison.com: Northwestern coach vows his defense will be ready

"Just as the '93 Badgers were incomparable in some ways, so is the 2010 team. Yet they share two overriding traits: Smart players with indomitable personalities, and the ability to line up some very fast people behind a very large, very athletic offensive line," Michael Hunt writes.
  • JSOnline.com: Current Badgers share traits of '93 squad

"Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State all can claim at least a share of the Big Ten title by winning on Saturday. The Badgers are primarily rooting for a Michigan State loss, although if all three teams win, Wisconsin likely heads to Pasadena because of its higher place in the BCS standings," Adam Rittenberg says.
  • ESPN.com: What to watch in the Big Ten: Week 13  |  Predictions

Mike Lucas recalls the similarities between the 2010 finale and the 1998 finale.
  • UWBadgers.com: Familiar feeling for finale

 News from Northwestern

"No Big Ten Conference opponent has created more recent angst for the Badgers than Northwestern," according to Andy Baggot.
  • Madison.com: Northwestern a nemesis for Badgers in recent years

"Why the suspicion that Wisconsin will go for blood Saturday against Northwestern?" Teddy Greenstein counts the reasons.
  • ChicagoTribune.com: No love lost between Wisconsin and Northwestern

 Badgers in the Pros

O'Brien Schofield was profiled by the Arizona Cardinals' website.
  • AZCardinals.com: The Way I See It - Schofield Small Video Graphic

Casey Rabach suffered a second-degree tear in his right knee and his status for Sunday is unknown.
  • NFL.com: 'Skins place Russell, Simpson on IR; sign RB Davis

"Jim Leonhard was everywhere on Sunday for the Jets," writes Nando Di Fino.
  • WSJ.com: Now everyone will be doing the Jet

Travis Beckum could see more playing time at wide receiver for the Giants due to injuries.
  • NJ.com: Giants say they'll find ways of filling holes at receiver

Owen Daniels did not play Sunday due to a hamstring injury, the third game he's missed in a row.
  • Yahoo.com: Texans rule out Owen Daniels

Paul Hubbard is back on Buffalo's practice squad, re-signing with the team on Wednesday.
  • BuffaloNews.com: Bills release Green from IR

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayDE J.J. Watt and DT Patrick Butrym celebrate following Watt's interception during the Badgers' 48-28 win at Michigan on Nov. 20, 2010 (photo by Bob Campbell).

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@ESPN_BigTen  |  Bielema says John Clay will practice today, his status will be determined throughout the week.
Posted Nov. 23 at about 12:00 p.m.

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

Badger fan Andrew Breitzke, in response to "UW Hopes Holiday Weekend Won't Keep Fans Away" ... "I don't get it, This Saturday Wisconsin has a chance to play for the Rose Bowl. Fans wake up and go to the game! We haven't had a chance like this in 10 years! Don't waste it..."  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

With a win over Northwestern, Wisconsin would clinch at least a share of its 12th Big Ten title in school history and first since 1999. The Badgers would also notch a school-record seventh conference win for the fourth time in school history (1998, 1999 and 2006 are the others).

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game vs. Northwestern (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC)

xxTuesday, Nov. 23

The No. 5 Wisconsin football team (10-1, 6-1 Big Ten) plays its regular-season finale Saturday with at least a share of the Big Ten championship on the line, as Northwestern (7-4, 3-4) comes to Camp Randall Stadium.

Head coach Bret Bielema met with the media at his weekly news conference on Monday.

Watch the press conference Small Video Graphic  |  Read the transcript

 Morning Newsstand

Four members of the Wisconsin football team were chosen as finalists for national awards on Monday afternoon, while head coach Bret Bielema was named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award.
  • UWBadgers.com: Four Badgers named as finalist for national awards  |  Bielema chosen as a finalist for Eddie Robinson Award

"Senior Day at Camp Randall Stadium is usually pretty good theatre. It is even better when a Big Ten trophy is on the line. Such is the case this Saturday when the Badgers host Northwestern," according to Matt Lepay.
  • UWBadgers.com: Seniors have chance for special sign-off

"The University of Wisconsin football team is playing for at least a share of the Big Ten Conference title on Saturday against Northwestern at Camp Randall Stadium and the game is not yet a sellout," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: UW hopes holiday weekend won't keep fans away

"If you measure rivalries in fierceness of competition and the level of pain inflicted by each loss, in some ways Northwestern is UW's No. 1 rival," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Northwestern unrivaled tormentors to UW  |  Chat

"Bret Bielema's fifth-ranked Badgers stand one win from returning to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 11 years, and they're doing it the same way they did in the days of Dayne: by bulldozing people," Stewart Mandel writes.
  • SI.com: Wisconsin running wild

"It's a unique week for the University of Wisconsin football team, playing a Big Ten Conference game against Northwestern the weekend after Thanksgiving," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Unique week of prep, with game on Thanksgiving weekend

"If there was ever a week to go 1-0, this is it. Wisconsin is 10-1 and just needs a win this Saturday against 7-4 Northwestern to assure itself a share of its first Big Ten title since 1999," says Adam Holt.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Bielema, Badgers face just one more hurdle  |  Grades

"The November elections are long since past, but it's still the heart of campaign season for University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema," writes Tom Mulhern in this notes column.
  • Madison.com: Bielema made calls on behalf of four players up for awards

"Bret Bielema was at Camp Randall Stadium the last time Wisconsin won a Big Ten title, watching the Badgers' offensive attack roll over Iowa 41-3 in 1999 as a member of the Hawkeyes staff. Bielema, in his fifth year as head coach at Wisconsin sees similarities in his offense and the one from 1999 that featured Ron Dayne," according to Colin Fly.
  • AP.org: Bielema, No. 5 Wisconsin deflect postseason talk

Adam Rittenberg gives Scott Tolzien a game ball and chooses Wisconsin as one of his teams of the week.
  • ESPN.com: Week 12 Rewind/Week 13 preview  |  Title hopes

 News from Northwestern

"Now that the glow has faded from the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic, this much can be inferred about the 2010 Northwestern Wildcats: They are not the same team without junior quarterback Dan Persa, who was lost on Nov. 13 because of an Achilles' tendon injury. Their inability to stop the run no doubt has been detected by the Wisconsin coaches," says Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Northwestern struggles against the run  |  Book on NU

"After losing to Penn State on Nov. 6, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said the big number was 27 -- as in missed tackles. This week the unlucky number is 31: the number of missed tackles in the Wildcats' 48-27 loss to Illinois at Wrigley Field," Tina Akouris writes in this notes column.
  • SunTimes.com: Fitzgerald: Tackling problem will be corrected
  • DailyHerald.com: NU finds tackling a tough task

"In the span of about 48 hours, the Wrigley Field game went from a curiosity to a "mockery of football" (according to one national writer) to a raging success," writes Teddy Greenstein.
  • ChicagoTribune.com: Potential to play another football game at Wrigley

"As bad as it sounds to miss 31 tackles, a different number more accurately illustrates why the Illini marched out of Wrigley Field waving the "W" flag Saturday. Illinois possessed the ball for 41 minutes, 16 seconds. The time-of-possession discrepancy in the second half was more stark -- 22:10 to 7:50," according to Teddy Greenstein.
  • ChicagoTribune.com: NU has another problem to tackl: time of possession

 Badgers in the Pros

Mark Tauscher writes about what he did over the team's bye week.
  • TravelWisconsin.com: A relaxing fall weekend in Elkhart Lake

Kraig Urbik may get the first start of his career on Sunday do to an injury.
  • BuffaloNews.com: Wood may miss a week

Paul Hubbard was cut by Buffalo.
  • Yahoo.com: Bills promote Caulcrick, cut Hubbard

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayRB Montee Ball races towards the end zone during the Badgers' 48-28 win at Michigan on Nov. 20, 2010 (photo by Bob Campbell).

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@BigTenScott | IND's Tandon Doss & WIS' James White named "Most Versatile Performances of Week" by Hornung Award, given to nation's most versatile player
Posted Nov. 22 at 3:34 p.m.

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

Badger fan John Lemmer, in response to "Scott Tolzien named a finalist for the Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the nation's top senior QB" ... "He deserves it!!!! Very underrated quarterback. Way to go!!!. Go Bucky!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

Over the past two years, the Badgers have compiled a 20-4 (.833) record. That is the sixth-best record in the country over the last two years, trailing only Boise State (24-0), TCU (23-1), Alabama (23-2), Ohio State (21-3) and Oregon (20-3).

Wisconsin's complete notes for Saturday's game vs. Northwestern (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC)

xxMonday, Nov. 22

Montee Ball and James White combined for 354 yards rushing and six touchdowns, helping the fifth-ranked Badgers pound Michigan in a 48-28 victory Saturday.

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

Head coach Bret Bielema is scheduled to meet with the media at his weekly news conference at 12:30 p.m.

Watch the press conference live Small Video Graphic

 Afternoon Newsstand

"Here's who we are, here's what we do, stop us." That seems to symbolize the Badgers, according to Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Badger Rewind: UW stays true to identity

"You wouldn't know by [Bradie Ewing's] pleasant demeanor off the field that he can be so violent on the field. The transformation from this polite honors student to this nasty blocking back is striking.
  • UWBadgers.com: Role player: Versatile Ewing's talents key

"The Thursday practices provide a good jumping-off point to explain the success of the Badgers' offense this season," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Practice has helped create Badgers' proficient offense

"It's rare to see an offensive tackle, 20 yards downfield, throwing a key block. Rarer still is when it's a right tackle - usually not the most nimble of linemen - and it comes on a sweep around left end. Yet there was Ricky Wagner, throwing the key block on freshman James White's 61-yard touchdown run," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Badgers' vaunted running attack is a team effort  |  Tolzien shows durability, toughness and precision

"For weeks, J.J. Watt talked about completing his defensive lineman's resume with an interception. Saturday, he got his wish," Tom Oates says.
  • Madison.com: Watt's interception helps stifle Michigan's second-half threat  |  Gametracker

"The most ardent supporters of Wisconsin's offense, which is No. 8 in the nation in points and No. 19 in time of possession, aren't difficult to identify.They reside in the UW defensive huddle," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • JSOnline.com: UW's offense is best defense  |  Badger report  |  Watt carries the beat for UW  |  UW proves as better team

"Another Monday and another big touchdown run to break down. This time it's James White who went 61-yards untouched to give Wisconsin a 24-0 lead Saturday in the second quarter," Adam Hoge writes.
  • Buckys5thQuarter.com: Monday film session

"Wisconsin is one of the nation's hottest teams after winning its sixth consecutive game, all but one by 13 points or more. The offense looks unstoppable as a massive line, a heady quarterback, some decent receivers and the nation's deepest group of running backs is simply steamrolling opponents," according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: What we learned  |  Helmet stickers  |  Power rankings

"Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien completed his first 13 passes Saturday against Michigan. Early in the third quarter he was having a 14-for-15 day for 201 yards. It was pretty, but here's the thing. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema doesn't believe in pretty. In fact, he sneers at pretty. Pretty is for other guys. Pretty is for Michigan," Gregg Doyel writes.
  • CBSSports.com: Badgers play to win football games, not beauty contests

"While beating ranked teams and winning conference championships is hard for coaches, changing their approach can be even harder. But after the Badgers took down Michigan in Ann Arbor for the first time since 1994, it's clear Bielema has done just that -- he's changed. He's coming into his own as head coach and his team is following suit," according to Max Henson.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Bielema coming into his own

 Morning Newsstand

"Despite a few anxious moments, the sixth-ranked Badgers showed their resiliency and proved again this is a different team, holding off the Wolverines 48-28 and moving a step closer to at least a share of the Big Ten Conference title," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: UW exorcises demons with a big win at the Big House

"Riding the shoulders of its run game, sixth-ranked Wisconsin overcame its third-quarter malaise to score a 48-28 victory over the Wolverines that puts the Badgers one victory away from clinching at least a share of their first Big Ten title since 1999 and possibly a berth in the Rose Bowl," says Mark Stewart.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers' ground game barrels over Wolverines

"Wisconsin is the hottest team in the Big Ten and one of the hottest in the country. The Badgers on Saturday extended their win streak to six games with a performance that encapsulated their identity: past, present and future," writes Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Wisconsin Badgers in right state of mind  |  Wisconsin's Watt Small Video Graphic  |  Wisconsin's White Small Video Graphic

"Saturday, No. 7 Wisconsin returned to the Great Lakes State and left with a much better result and BCS hopes intact after a 48-28 victory over the Michigan Wolverines. Behind a dominant running attack, efficient passing game and a resilient defense, the Badgers maintained their composure and outgained the Wolverines 357-168," writes Mike Fiametta.
  • BadgerHerald.com: Not this time: composed Badgers defeat Wolverines  |  Run, rinse, repeat

"While Wisconsin may have been the better team on paper, there is no such thing as a sure victory in the Big House. But after having gone winless in Michigan Stadium since 1994, UW was on a mission and stayed focused throughout 60 minutes of play. The Badgers' 48-28 win over the Wolverines now puts Wisconsin at 10-1 with a 6-1 record in the Big Ten, good for a share of first place in the Big Ten," according to Max Sternberg.
  • DailyCardinal.com: Big House, huge win  |  Tolzien's composure key

"Wisconsin was without reigning Big Ten offensive player of the year John Clay for the second consecutive week. For the second time in as many games, it simply didn't matter," Tom Lea writes.
  • BadgerBlitz.com: Badgers cruise in Big House

"More than anything, though, the convincing win over an improving, seven-win Michigan team showcased UW's two greatest assets -- its togetherness and its offensive line -- and broadcast a statement that no team is playing better football in the Big Ten right now than the Badgers," according to Tom Oates.
  • Madison.com: UW's greatest asset is its offensive line  |  Grades

"After Wisconsin fumbled the ball away to Michigan on a completed pass with its third play of the third quarter Saturday, here is what the Badgers did when they got it back: They ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, ran, and ran," Michael Hunt writes.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers run 29 straight times in second half  |  Report card

 Watching the Wolverines

"Can't stop 'em, can't beat 'em. It's pretty simple. The Wolverines have one fast superstar, a flashy offense and a nonexistent defense," writes Mitch Albom.
  • FreeP.com: There's no 'D' in Michigan  |  Wisconsin proves too much for Michigan  |  Notes, quotes  |  Defense goes cold

"The struggles at home against top-ranked opponents continued for Michigan. Michigan dug a huge hole, trailing 24-0 at halftime, came back to score three third-quarter touchdowns, but could not overcome Wisconsin's dominating rushing attack," according to Angelique S. Chengelis.
  • DetNews.com: Wisconsin rolls over U-M  |  Notebook  |  If Rich Rodriguez can't fix U-M defense, he can't fix this team

"Wisconsin ran for 357 yards in a 48-28 thrashing of Michigan - the second time this season the Wolverines have allowed more than 300 yards rushing. But how Wisconsin did it was damning," writes Michael Rothstein.
  • AnnArbor.com: A 2-3 punch: With Clay out, White and Ball dominate  |  UW's offensive line deserves a lot of credit

"The 24-0 halftime deficit proved too much for Michigan's porous defense and its too-little-too-late offensive push, as Wisconsin absolutely pounded the Wolverines on the ground -- tallying the most rushing yards against Michigan all season -- to win 48-28," writes Ryan Kartje.
  • MichiganDaily.com: Wisconsin steamrolls Michigan

 Badgers in the Pros

Travis Beckum caught the second touchdown of his career on Sunday.
  • NFL.com: Beckum's 2-yard TD Small Video Graphic

 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayLB Mike Taylor brings down Michigan QB Denard Robinson during the Badgers' 48-28 win at Michigan on Nov. 20, 2010 (photo by Bob Campbell).

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@BigTenScott | WIS RB James White named Freshman of Week for fourth time after setting career high with 181 yards with two TDs at MICH.
Posted Nov. 22 at 9:22 a.m.

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

Badger fan Brian Brieske, "Ahhh, how nice it is to be sitting on top...nice work Badgers! Looking forward to seeing you clinch the Big 10 Title at Camp Randall next week...and then onto Camp Randall West!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

 Note of the Day

The Badgers have won at least 10 games just seven times in school history. Head coach Bret Bielema has been on staff for four of those seasons (three as head coach, one as defensive coordinator). UW has won at least 10 games in back-to-back seasons just three times.

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