Badger Bits: Did Wisconsin run up the score?

In case you were wondering, Bucky Badger did 573 total push-ups during the game on Saturday. Even for a Badger as muscular as Bucky, that's a lot. However, as Bucky was racking up the push-ups and the Badgers scored again and again against the Hoosiers, a question was bound to be raised: did Wisconsin run up the score unnecessarily on Indiana?

Head coach Bret Bielema doesn't think so. According to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com, Bielema said that none of the 83 points on the board were "style points":

"There's not one style point on that board," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema told ESPN.com late Saturday afternoon. "All those guys did was play football and competed."

Bielema also denied the eventual accusation that hanging 83 on the Hoosiers was an attempt to embarrass them, and said that there weren't any issues with Indiana head coach Bill Lynch:

"There was no issue whatsoever," Bielema said. "He just congratulated me and said a lot of positive things. I thought Coach Lynch was really good after the game. We weren't trying to do anything but just play football."

What do you think: did the Badgers run up the score on Indiana? Or is it ultimately up to the defense to keep a team from scoring, even with their backups in the game? Vote in the poll and give your opinion in the comments!

Football

Aside from making history against the Hoosiers on Saturday, the Badgers were also an example of football efficiency at its best: the Badgers scored on every offensive possession, and only committed two penalties for 25 yards. The Badgers are the least penalized team in the FBS, with only 31 offenses on the year.

Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes that the Badgers will have to quickly shift their attention to their upcoming trip to Ann Arbor.

Patrick Herb of UWBadgers.com has posted his "A View From the Sidelines" notes about the Indiana game.

The Badgers were looking to make the most of 'teaching points' and not style points during last Saturday's game, according to Mike Lucas of UWBadgers.com

Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes that delegating the special teams duties to different members of his coaching staff has paid dividends for Bret Bielema.

Wrapping up the football links, ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg has posted his 2010 Bowl Projections on the Big Ten Blog. Off Tackle Empire blogger Bama Hawkeye has also published his Post-Week 11 predictions.

Hockey

The Badgers' were swept over the weekend by the North Dakota Sioux, dropping Friday's game 1-0 and then losing the second game 4-2. Andy Baggot of Madison.com writes that the Badgers' inexperience was evident during the two game series.

Chuck Schwartz of Sixty Minutes. No Alibis. No Regrets. says that the Badgers' schedule doesn't get any easier this week when the No. 2 University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs come to the Kohl Center.

Basketball

The Wisconsin men's basketball team opened their regular season with a 99-55 victory over Prairie View A&M. Senior forward Jon Leuer lead the way with 24 points and seven rebounds, and point guard Jordan Taylor added 20 points as well. Notably, freshman guard Josh Gasser didn't wait very long to have a breakout game: in 26 minutes he put up 21 points and nine rebounds.

Rob Schultz at Madison.com also writes that Wisconsin is Jordan Taylor's team now, after taking the reigns last year from departing seniors Jason Bohannon and Trevon Hughes.

In Conclusion

Only five days until the Badgers make a road trip to Ann Arbor!

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