Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Badgers looking forward to Nebraska

Non-conference play proved to be a breeze for the Wisconsin football team, but with the Big Ten season beginning this weekend, the Badgers will find out just how good of a team they really are.
The No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers come to Madison hoping to make their mark on the Big Ten and the Badgers in their inaugural conference game Saturday.
UW head coach Bret Bielema knows how big of a game this is and also how important home-field advantage will be.
"Camp Randall should be rocking," Bielema said.
The Badgers are not taking this game lightly by any means, andBielema wants students to get to the game early and make Camp Randall Stadium as loud as possible.
"We encourage everybody to get in their seat and bring as much red as possible and make that place electric," he said.
Saturday's matchup will be the first game at Camp Randall Stadium between two teams ranked in the top 10 since 1962, and with all the media attention that goes along with a game like this, the players have to maintain their concentration.
"You've got football, you've got academics; this is a busy time for us," Bielema said. "Our kids really have to be great about where their focus is."
Nebraska is undefeated and coming off of a 38-14 win at Wyoming. They run a fast-paced, no-huddle attack that utilizes a quick tempo to catch their opponents off guard. While this may be a different offensive scheme than what the Badgers employ, the two teams do share several similarities, which are not lost on Bielema.
"Both of our athletic directors are former coaches that had hall-of-fame careers," Bielema said, "Nebraska players are like Wisconsin players; they both really love to play the game."
Bielema and Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini have some similarities themselves, both getting their first taste of coaching at the University of Iowa. As a graduate assistant for the HawkeyesPelini even helped coach Bielema for one season in 1991.
I know everyone will be watching and praying for a Badger victory.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Borland plays linebacker and defensive end

When the University of Wisconsin football team breaks into 1-on-1 pass rushes during practice, sophomore middle linebacker Chris Borland heads to the other end of the field to work in 7-on-7 passing drills.
Some of the biggest plays Borland made in 2009, when he was the Big Ten Conference's Freshman of the Year, came as a pass rusher on third down.
Borland reprised the role last week against Northern Illinois, but instead of being a blitzer in the 3-3-5 defense used extensively two seasons ago, he was essentially a stand-up defensive end in the 4-2-5 favored by first-year defensive coordinator Chris Ash.
With the Huskies using three-step drops, it was tough to mount a pass rush, though Borland twice came close in UW's 49-7 victory. In eight snaps at defensive end, he hit the quarterback's arm once as he was throwing, then swiped at his feet and missed another time.
Borland loves rushing the passer. He had five sacks in 2009, then was redshirted last season with a shoulder injury.
It is great to see the Badgers have players that can play multiple positions.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

If only for the day, old friends become new enemies Saturday when No. 7/8 Wisconsin meets Northern Illinois in Chicago’s famed Soldier Field.
Ending his stay as defensive coordinator of the Wisconsin football team following the Rose Bowl, Dave Doeren will now be standing across the field from the Badger coaching staff as the new head coach of Northern Illinois.
With friendships still existing along the Wisconsin staff and players still smiling with the memory of Doeren recruiting them, several members of the team admitted over the past week how nice it will be to see the former coach again — not that the niceties will continue between the opening kickoff and the final whistle, however.
“He recruited me, so it’s going to be nice to see him again,” running back Montee Ball said of Doeren. “But we got a lot to work on, make sure we change up a few things because we know he’s going to attack us in a couple aspects of the game because he knows us really well.”
Doeren’s knowledge of Wisconsin (2-0) has been a constant point of inquiry for the Badgers all week. Although a few adjustments are expected to be made, Doeren’s successor, Chris Ash, still expects the game’s decision to come from who simply performs better.
On a side note I can't believe that the game is not being televised.  I am so mad.  Anyways,  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Badgers not overlooking Beavers

Holding strong after a season-opening trouncing of University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the Wisconsin football team is looking for similar success against the Oregon State Beavers Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
While the Badgers opened their season under the lights with a dominant 51-17 win over UNLV, Oregon State struggled against the Sacramento State Hornets and fell, 29-28.
In light of the Beavers’ loss, the Badgers are bracing for a fired up OSU squad.
“I expect them to be riled up for a [No. 8] Wisconsin Badger team, coming into Camp Randall, trying to quiet everybody down,” center Peter Konz said. “They’re still a Pac-12 team. They’re still the upset team that everybody talks about. We’re not forgetting anything about that.”
“I expect them to be fired up,” wide receiver Jared Abbrederis said. “I think if I would lose a game, I would want to come out there and give everything I had in the next game. I feel like they’re going to come in here and be a new team. I think they’re going to show people who they really are and what they can do. We have to ready for them. They’re going to be a good opponent for us.“
Instead of consistently focusing on what the other team is doing, Wisconsin is intent on focusing on their preparations the same way, week in and week out.
“I like the way our guys have practiced all week,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “No matter if we’re playing Oregon State, Northern Illinois, after that South Dakota — I think our guys have really bought into it doesn’t matter what happens on the other side of the ball, it’s about what we do, how we prepare.”
Last week, Wisconsin made a statement in a 51-17 win with 499 yards of total offense while only allowing 292 on defense.
I am confident that the Badgers will put on another impressive showing.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Badgers off to a fast start

There were a number of new faces as the Wisconsin offense took the field for the first time Thursday night, but last year's the explosiveness was in full force as the Badgers racked up touchdown drives on their first five possession en route to a 51-17 victory over UNLV.
Behind the five quick touchdowns, UW took a 37-3 lead into the half. After two more scores out of the gates, the night was over for the first string as UW cruised to the easy win.
"[Scoring early] was great," junior center Peter Konz said. "You always like to score on the first drive to make sure they don't think they're in the game right away."
In the much-hyped debut of quarterback Russell Wilson, the story was no doubt the continued dominance of the Badger running attack.
Led by junior Montee Ball and sophomore James White, UW running backs combined for 232 yards of total offense and six touchdowns. Ball led the way with 130 all-purpose yards of his own, including a team-high 67 receiving yards.
Both tailbacks seemed unstoppable the majority of the night, a predictable result given the competition between the two for the starting position.
"I said I can bring them in and literally flip a coin. As things worked out, it looked like Montee didn't really do anything big but just felt better with him out of the gate," head coach Bret Bielema said after the game. "I think they're both pretty even, they both have strengths over the other."
Picking up where they left off at the end of last season, Ball and White continue to have a complementary relationship on the field. Despite Ball losing 25 pounds in the offseason, the two still seem to bring a sort of "thunder and lightning" approach to the Wisconsin attack.
I like the look of the offense but I am not sure about the defense yet.  GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!