Big Ten football teams are very popular, according to a recent study. Wisconsin is the 12th most popular team in the country and 4th most popular in the conference. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the country were Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State.
Co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash considers himself a Lovie Smith fan. Ash is a brave man saying something like that deep in the heart of Packer country.
The Badgers are looking like a really good football team, but the coaches still have found plenty of things the team needs to work on in preparation for the next game.
Bret Bielema does not change his game preparation much based on the strength of the opponent. Definitely fits into his philosophy of 1-0.
Matt Masterson at the Daily Cardinal writes that South Dakota is a tougher opponent than most Badger fans are giving them credit for.
Bob Bostad made sure that the Badgers' offensive line backups got a lot of playing time in the first three games. That may turn out to pay dividends if right tackle Josh Oglesby can't play this weekend.
Jeff Potrykus chatted it up with Badger rubes last night; here's the transcript.
Here's highlights of the Badgers beating South Dakota last season...in basketball. It was actually a close game at halftime, for what it's worth: