Mike McGinnis

Week 1: Wisconsin 45, UMass 0

Well, that was fun. Despite a somewhat sluggish start, the Badgers managed nearly 600 yards of offense, with more than half coming on the ground. The closest the Minutemen came to scoring was a missed field goal.

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"The Camp" finale

The last episode in UWBadgers.com's terrific miniseries goes behind the scenes of Gary Andersen's debut and the Badgers' season-opening win over UMass.

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Why no one should be totally satisfied with Week 1

The scoreboard says blowout, but there are plenty of ways for Wisconsin to improve after Week 1.

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KKSE Episode 9: Recapping Week 1

Football is back! We discuss Wisconsin's two beloved football teams and play some audio from Monday's Badgers press conference.

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AP Top 25: Wisconsin jumps 2 spots to No. 21

The Badgers' first week of the 2013 season concludes with a two-spot climb in the AP poll.

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Week 1 defense review: Digging deep into personnel

The 45-0 final score obviously paints a full feature, but there are aspects of the defense's debut that are worth delving into.

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Badger Bits: Week 1 recap round-up

What did various Wisconsin media outlets think of the Badgers' season-opener?

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Week 1 offense review: Backfield, o-line impress

There was some early sluggishness and clear evidence of aspects needing improvement, but Wisconsin's offense nevertheless posted an impressive performance in Week 1.

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KKSE Episode 9, 8 p.m. CT: Week 1 recap

Badgers, Packers and talk about Scott Tolzien, oh my!

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The Morning After: UMass vs. Wisconsin

Since my affinity for “Wedding Crashers” is probably greater than just about anybody I know, now is a good time to pull out this line: “It’s wedding season!” Only we know, of course, this time of year we replace "wedding" with "football," and boy does it feel good!

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Week 1 run/pass chart, observations

The Badgers ran wild all over the Minutemen, but how exactly did they do so? B5Q takes a look into the personnel used to throttle UMass.

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UMass vs. Wisconsin recap: Badgers run wild

The Badgers amassed 393 rushing yards and had three tailbacks eclipse the 100-yard mark. All together, it made for a pleasant opening to the Gary Andersen era.

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Why didn't we see Curt Phillips at quarterback?

So Wisconsin started Joel Stave, as expected. Many thought offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig would trot out Curt Phillips, as well, to gain more clarity in a position battle that was close throughout fall camp.

However, once Stave was pulled in the fourth quarter with the Badgers comfortably ahead in what became a 45-0 victory, Phillips remained on the sideline. Instead, redshirt freshman Bart Houston took the field. Houston completed his only pass attempt for eight yards, and before we knew it, the game was over and Phillips' absence was nothing but a sidenote.

Turns out, there's actually a good reason Phillips never played.

Just fantastic leadership by Phillips. Andersen also called it "a defining moment," which makes for a picture-perfect quote to revisit if Wisconsin ends up having a storybook season.

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Final Score: Wisconsin 45, UMass 0

Well, that went well. The running backs ran everywhere, Joel Stave settled down and we saw some youngins get some good reps.

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#REFTRIPGIF

James White ran by the sideline, just as the ref fell over his own feet. All you need to know. GIFs here!

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LIVE GAME THREAD: UMass vs. No. 23 Wisconsin

Finally, it's here. Wisconsin kicks off the Gary Andersen era vs. UMass Saturday afternoon. We'll have all our updates below, so why not join us?

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B5Q Weekly: Week 1 Edition

Miss anything on B5Q, or looking to revisit anything we wrote this week? Here's the best and most relevant content entering Wisconsin's season-opener Saturday.

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New menu items at Camp Randall

Aww snap. Thanks to Wisconsin Athletics' new partnership with Levy Restaurants, the Camp Randall Stadium concession stands will be getting menu upgrades. I'm not quite sure what "Po Taters Tumble" is, but it sounds delicious.

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Fifth Quarter Consensus: UW cruises past UMass

What do our writers think will happen in Saturday's Wisconsin season-opener against UMass?

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Ask B5Q: Favorite section of Camp Randall Stadium?

In the debut of the Twitter Mailbag, the question comes down: Where are you most comfortable in Camp Randall?

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Welcome back, Joel Stave!

Joel Stave is back starting at quarterback for Wisconsin, and in case you forgot, we were really excited about his future 10 months ago.

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Notebook: Andersen talks OL rotation, freshmen

Gary Andersen spoke to the media for the final time before the season begins. He gave some clarity on the potential offensive line rotation, expressed his concerns for the Badgers' thin secondary and noted that outside linebacker Leon Jacobs, cornerback Jakarrie Washington and wide receiver Robert Wheelwright are among true freshmen likely to see playing time against UMass.

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B5Q Season Prediction Roundtable

In two days, we'll finally be able to cut the predicting and get some games to breakdown. Until then, here's how B5Q's staff sees 2013 shaping up for the Badgers.

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What's an "acceptable" win for Wisconsin?

The Badgers face supposed "cupcakes" in the Minutemen and Golden Eagles the first two games of the season, so what constitutes a "solid" victory?

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Kenzel Doe will likely return punts

"The punt returner is my favorite player on the team. Because he has to be one of the toughest guys there is. He stands there with his chin up and 11 guys running at him and they all would like to get a free shot on him. Then he has to catch the ball in front of 90,000 people, with the ball moving (in the wind). That skill set is hard."

Safeties coach Bill Busch | Madison.com
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Wisconsin cornerbacks unproven, but confident

No one really knows how Wisconsin's cornerbacks will fare this season, namely because many of them have never played at the Division I level. But despite their youth, the Badgers' corners don't lack confidence heading into Saturday's season-opener.

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Wisconsin's 3-4 defense: How versatile can it be?

Moving away from the 4-3 base defense provides the Badgers with more options when matching up against Big Ten offenses.

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UMass vs. Wisconsin preview

If this game was played on paper, the Badgers would really be the scissors. That is, if you forget about last year's season-opener vs. Northern Iowa.

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KKSE Episode 8.5: The voice of UW, Matt Lepay

What are the expectations for Wisconsin and the atmosphere around Camp Randall Stadium in 2013? Matt Lepay stops by to share his thoughts.

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O-line unfazed despite constant shifting around

Injuries have forced Wisconsin to shake up its offensive line throughout fall camp, but the Badgers aren't too worried entering Saturday's season opener without a definitive starting five up front.

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KKSE, 8:30 p.m. CT: The voice of UW, Matt Lepay

What does the Wisconsin football and basketball play-by-play announcer and author of "Why Not Wisconsin?" see in the Badgers in 2013? We asked him that, and more.

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Tanner McEvoy might also play on defense

Gary Andersen hopped on the weekly Big Ten coaches teleconference to hit on a variety of topics ahead of Saturday's season-opener. Most notable was the ever-expanding

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Week 1 defense preview with MassLive.com

Our weekly series begins with a look at how "Aranda's attackers" match-up with the Minutemen. We welcome Daniel Malone from MassLive.com to preview Wisconsin's opponent this week.

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KKSE Episode 8: B1G preview with Adam Rittenberg

Listen below to our Big Ten preview with ESPN's Adam Rittenberg to find out who he thinks will lead the conference in 2013.

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Week 1 offense preview: What to expect vs. UMass

The Badgers have named "Joel Stave OR Curt Phillips" as their starting quarterback. Unclear as that is, we still do have an understanding of what Wisconsin's offense will look like in Week 1.

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Week 1 depth chart: Stave, Phillips both starters

Wisconsin's Week 1 depth chart is out, and it lists the starting quarterback as "Joel Stave OR Curt Phillips." Other notable highlights include freshman Sojourn Shelton at cornerback and Michael Caputo at free safety.

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KKSE Episode 8, 8 p.m.: ESPN's Adam Rittenberg

Wisconsin opens its 2013 season Saturday against UMass. We'll preview that and the Big Ten as a whole with ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg. Where does he think the Badgers will go in 2013?

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Getting to know UMass

Before the Badgers take on UMass at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday, here are a few things to know about the Minutemen.

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