Badger Bits: Flu reaches Columbus

Reports out of Columbus indicate that the flu bug has been making its way through the Ohio State football team.  With defensive tackle Dexter Larimore already ruled out of this week's showdown with the Badgers due to a knee injury, don't be surprised if the Buckeyes' short-handedness presents some challenges for them Saturday.  Andrew Miller and Mike Adams, the two players who have started at left tackle for Ohio State this season, both have the flu and could be out.  Head coach Jim Tressel said there were "at least five or six names" on the flu report.

But if Tressel is following the same approach Bret Bielema took when the Badgers went through their own saga with the ailment a few weeks ago, that number could be much higher in reality.  Following their 34-31 double-overtime win over Fresno State, Bielema confirmed what was first reported here on Bucky's 5th Quarter, that over 40 players were affected by the flu in the week leading up to the game.  During the week, Athletic Department officials were tight-lipped about the actual number of sick Badgers and wouldn't confirm that any more than ten were ill.

It doesn't sound like the outbreak in Ohio is nearly as serious as the one in Madison in September.  Still, expect Tressel to continue to give conservative estimates as to the number of players impacted so that Wisconsin will not be able to plan on attacking the weakened personnel.  If, indeed, two starting left tackles are held out of this game, the defensive end trio of O'Brien Schofield, J.J. Watt and Louis Nzegwu could have a big day.

Here are your Badger Bits for Thursday:

UWBadgers.com - First & Goal: Oct. 8

UWBadgers.com - Five things to know about David Gilreath

UWBadgers.com - Badgers hold teleconference

JSOnline.com - Mental errors need fixing

JSOnline.com - DT Butrym getting back his mobility

JSOnline.com - UW assistant Cooks looking for consistency from Henry

JSOnline.com - Motivational speaker visits UW players

BadgerBeat.com - Badgers' balancing act bodes well

BadgerBeat.com - Inside the Big Ten: Rare bye a boon amid bumps and bruises

BadgerBeat.com - Around the Big Ten: Rush hour traffic slow against Iowa

BadgerBeat.com - Blog: UW men's hockey tries to keep flu at bay

BadgerBeat.com - 16 UW men's hockey games on TV

BadgerBeat.com - Tight bond persists between Badgers' Henry, Buckeyes' Rolle

BadgerBeat.com - Lucas: Borland 'going to be a special player,' ESPN's Spielman says

BuckeyeXtra.com - Caught in throws

BuckeyeXtra.com - Of knees and running backs (Blogging the Buckeyes)

BuckeyeXtra.com - OSU notebook: Offensive line's depth gets tested because of illness

BuckeyeXtra.com - Wisconsin's Clay filling Dayne's outsized shoes

BuckeyeXtra.com - College football notebook: Decision on Tebow likely to come late

BuckeyeXtra.com - College football schedule

ESPN.com - Big Ten blog: Wisconsin's Clay grows up fast on the field

ESPN.com - Big Ten blog: Big Ten picks: Week 6

ESPN.com - Big Ten blog: What to watch in the Big Ten: Week 6

ESPN.com - Big Ten blog: Gophers can't let emotions linger

ESPN.com - Big Ten lunch links

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