Joe Robbins

Week 4: Wisconsin 41, Purdue 10

The Badgers set out to steamroll the Boilermakers after the previous week's nightmare at Arizona State. They did just that, racking up nearly 400 rushing yards and winning the first Big Ten game of the season by a landslide.

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Inside Wisconsin's new defense

A week after giving up 468 yards against Arizona State, Wisconsin held Purdue to a third of that en route to a 41-10 blowout. Which personnel groupings in particular gave Purdue fits?

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Week 4 offense review: Badgers get back on track

The scoreboard was a promising indicator, but the Badgers' offense remains a work in progress.

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Prospectivetorium: We need to talk about Stave

To paraphrase EPMD: If you have a problem with Joel Stave, you gots to chill.

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The Monday After: Purdue vs. Wisconsin

Joel Stave has struggled to find his groove this year. If he doesn't find a rhythm Saturday in Columbus, the Badgers will have little chance to pull off the upset.

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Podcast: Week 4 review, Big Ten hockey preview

A fun episode talking about the Badgers' victory over the Boilermaker, as well as the candidates to challenge Wisconsin in the inaugural Big Ten hockey season.

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Week 4 run/pass chart, observations

Another game, another 500 yards of offense. What did offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig use this week to dismantle the Boilermakers?

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TONIGHT: Kielbasa Kings recaps Wisconsin-Purdue

College and pro football talk, along with the beginning of the inaugural season of Big Ten hockey with our own Andy Johnson. Tune in tonight!

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Wisconsin climbs to No. 23 in Week 5 AP Top 25

The Badgers also returned to the coaches poll after a one-week hiatus.

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Wisconsin steamrolls Purdue

Tailbacks Melvin Gordon and James White led the way in Wisconsin's eighth consecutive victory over Purdue.

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Final Score: Wisconsin 41, Purdue 10

Prepare the Melvin Gordon-James White buddy cop screenplay. Wisconsin ran for 388 yards in the first Big Ten game of the season, more than enough to overshadow a less-than-solid performance from Joel Stave.

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Halftime: Wisconsin 24, Purdue 10

Wisconsin has opened its Big Ten opener to generally positive results, opening a 24-10 halftime lead over Purdue.

What happened

Melvin Gordon and James White have been huge. Essentially, all of Wisconsin's offense. Gordon put the Badgers on the board first with a 5-yard run that capped an eight-play, 95-yard drive in the first quarter. He added another in the second, a 27-yarder to finish a six-play, 75-yard drive and enter the break with 90 yards on 10 carries.

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White hasn't been overshadowed in the least bit,  rushing for 113 yards on nine carries (12.6 yards per). Those numbers were certainly helped by a 70-yard, two-cut blink-and-he's-gone run in the first quarter. Still, he's looked mighty impressive. White's also been split out wide a couple times, catching one pass for nine yards in a nice look the Badgers will probably go back to before long.

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What was good

Pretty much just the running game, which -- with a 16-yard rush by Jared Abbrederis tossed in there --  gained 214 yards on 21 carries (10.2 yards per). Abbrederis also has four catches 73 yards, the majority of which came on Wisconsin's first scoring drive, which was nice.

What was bad

Outside of White, Gordon and Abbrederis, the Badgers haven't really been that sharp. Joel Stave especially looks iffy, completing six of 10 passes for 85 yards and one interception. That pick was especially bad, as he tried to hit tight end Brian Wozniak on an out route toward the right sidelined, but threw the ball behind him and directly into the hands of Purdue's Ricardo Allen.

The Badgers' secondary also continues to give huge cushions, though that might be necessary now. Cornerback Peniel Jean is questionable to return with a leg injury, as is outside linebacker Brendan Kelly, also with a leg injury. Without one of their starting corners and top front-seven guys, the Badgers can't really afford to tempt the Boilers too much. Fortunately, Purdue's seemed content with a mostly short, lateral passing game.

One other bad thing: tight end Jacob Pedersen is out with a left knee injury. He was fitted for a brace on the sideline, though he was reportedly running around there, so maybe it's not so bad?

What'll happen if the bad doesn't get better

Oh, and the kickoff coverage could be better. Purdue's Akeem Hunt has returned five for for 125 yards (25 per return), including a 45-yarder. If Wisconsin doesn't tune that up quickly, Hunt or someone else in the near, near future will run one back.

If Stave's not sharper, Gordon and White will be facing like, 12 men in the box soon.

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GAME THREAD: Purdue vs. Wisconsin

Wisconsin gets the distinct honor of opening Big Ten conference play Saturday. Could the debacle out in Arizona come back to beat the Badgers twice?

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Week 4 open thread

What are you watching before Purdue-Wisconsin at 2:30 p.m. CT? This weekend's slate is kind of weak, so I think we could all use some help.

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5th Quarter Consensus: Badgers will bounce back

Will Wisconsin get back on the winning track in the Big Ten opener? Our staff unanimously says yes.

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#AskB5Q: Kenzel Doe and the starting 5

It's back. We're going to run the speculation station through the special teams and Wisconsin basketball.

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Podcast: Purdue preview with Hammer and Rails

A show entirely dedicated to previewing football? Yes please.

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Notebook: Doe tweets he's out, Landisch back

Some injury news surfaced after Wisconsin's practice Thursday. Plus, Gary Andersen believes Purdue will take shots downfield in the passing game Saturday, and Melvin Gordon may not see the increased workload some Badgers fans are hoping for.

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Opponent watch: Purdue week

A look ahead at Wisconsin's remaining opponents, including this week's game against Purdue, AND WE'RE MOST CERTAINLY NOT TALKING ABOUT OHIO STATE.

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From the Other Side: Purdue vs. Wisconsin Q&A

Travis Miller of SB Nation's Purdue site, Hammer and Rails, stops by to chat Darrell Hazell, expectations for this weekend's game and whether the Badgers should fear a trap game following the Arizona State debacle.

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Podcast, 8 p.m.: Purdue preview w/ Hammer & Rails

Travis Miller from Hammer and Rails stops by to talk about Saturday's match-up against the Boilermakers.

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Week 4 preview

The return to Madison this week should equal a return to previous form.

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Getting to know Purdue

Saturday, the Badgers will return to the friendly confines of Camp Randall Stadium -- friendlier than ever after the events of last weekend -- set to begin their Big Ten schedule. With that in mind, here are three things to know about the Purdue Boilermakers.

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10 Fun Facts About... Purdue

The series returns with tales of the Football Team that totally exists. I think.

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