How the Badgers Can Return to Rose Bowl

Another week, another installment of “As the Big Ten Turns,” or as it seems as the conference projects to have a jumbled mess in the standings when it’s all said and done. Maybe the addition of a Big Ten Championship starting in 2011 wasn’t such a bad idea?

At #9, the Wisconsin Badgers lead all Big Ten teams in the most recent BCS standings followed by #11 Ohio State, #14 Michigan State and #16 Iowa. Let’s take a look at each team, including Wisconsin and speculate on how the Badgers can get back to Pasadena for the first time since 2000.

By: Nick Grays

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Wisconsin Beats ASU 20-19 Thanks to Valai’s Block

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With their 20-19 win over Arizona State on Saturday, Wisconsin improved to 3-0 on the season for the seventh-consecutive year. The win also marked the 27th straight non-conference regular-season game they’ve won dating back to 2003. At home, Badger head coach Bret Bielema is undefeated against non-conference opponents, outscoring them by an average of 17.9 points. While Bielema was able to keep the streak alive with a win Saturday, it wasn’t as easy as history may have predicted.

In the first half, the Badgers displayed the same lackluster tackling efforts as they did in last week’s game against San Jose State. Granted, Arizona State has faster, shiftier players compared to San Jose State, but the Badgers made them look like Heisman candidates.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Wisconsin “Disappoints” in Win Over San Jose State Saturday

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After watching Alabama handle San Jose State 48-3 last week and seeing the Badgers beat UNLV 41-21 in Las Vegas, many thought this game would be a similar blow-out. Instead, the Badgers just couldn’t seem to open up their lead, leaving San Jose State hanging around until the end of the game. The Badgers were able to win 27-14, but it certainly was not pretty.

Just like last week, the Badger offense marched down the field  on their first drive for a one-yard touchdown by RB John Clay. The touchdown run capped off a 10 play, 77-yard drive. Opening drives have not been a problem for the Badgers, as they have now scored on every opening drive this season. However, it is finishing that seems to be their problem.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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