LIVE GAME THREAD: Purdue at Wisconsin

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Kickoff: 11:02 a.m. CT

Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.

Weather Forecast: 41F (Wind Chill 34F), cloudy, 10% chance of rain, Wind: W 18 mph

TV: ESPN2

Radio: WIBA-AM 1310, WIBA-FM 101.5 and the Badgers Radio Network

Coverage: A week's worth of coverage at Bucky's 5th Quarter

Opposing Blogs: Boiled Sports and Hammer and Rails 
Pre-game Notes and Thoughts
Hello again from Camp Randall Stadium where it will be a windy and cold day in Madison, Wis. We are 50 minutes away from kickoff and both teams are on the field warming up.
This game is big for both Purdue and Wisconsin. Believe it or not, both teams can still play in this year's Rose Bowl, as Hammer and Rails optimisitically points out. Realistically, that probably won't happen, but Wisconsin does have a good chance of finishing the season 10-2, but the Badgers need to prove today that they are the team that went 5-0 to start the season and not the team that blew leads in each of its last two games and now sits at 5-2.
Some notes:
  • It appears that Phillip Welch will kick today for the Badgers, although groin injuries can be tricky in cold weather. Welch is fully dressed and looked good in warmups, hitting 1-of-2 attempts from 57-yards out.
  • Look for Issac Anderson to get some work on kick returns today, although Gilreath should take the first one. I still think this change should be made on punt returns, not kick returns, but Bret Bielema must have his reasons.
  • Curt Phillips will go in at quarterback in the third series this afternoon NO MATTER WHAT. Even if Tolzien is 10-of-10 for 150 yards in his first two drives, Phillips will play in the third series. And even if it is actually the fourth series of the game, Phillips will play in the third series. OK, just kidding. I have no idea if this will happen or not today.
  • Finally, we didn't get Hammer and Rails prediction up yesterday (mainly because I couldn't find it), but we now have it. H&R is going with Wisconsin 21, Purdue 20.

We'll be here all game long. Feel free to leave your commentary and predictions below.

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