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Badger Bits: Last Day of College Football Withdrawal

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It's College Colors day on the UW-Madison campus, which means we should be seeing a lot of cardinal and white around town.  I already saw some fans donning their Badger gear a day early on my short walk to Memorial Library this morning.  As for the upperclassmen, most of whom have figured out how to avoid scheduling Friday classes by now, we'll anxiously await their appearances, which probably will take place sometime this afternoon.  Check out the first Badger Bits link for more information on College Colors Day.

The Scott Tolzien era is merely a day away and tomorrow we'll finally see whether Bret Bielema and his staff knew what they were doing when they awarded the starting quarterback job to the one guy no one thought would get it.  Curt Phillips is expected to get some playing time as well, which means the competition may very well not be over.  I think this is a good move, given the circumstances, as I feel the Badgers unnecessarily committed themselves to Allan Evridge last year when he clearly was not the answer.  Look, obviously any team would rather have one reliable starter who separates himself from the rest of the pack.  But if that isn't the case, and it certainly isn't for Wisconsin this season, there is no rule that says you have to show 100% faith in a guy about whom you aren't sure.  Let the quarterbacks' game play during a soft non-conference schedule dictate Big Ten playing time.  No problem with that.

Let's get to Friday morning's Badger Bits, on the eve of Gameday: - Celebrate College Colors Day 2009 - Badger fans should be aware of construction areas on Saturday - "No Excuses" for Tolzien - Get in the game with the football Gameday program - 2009 Hall of Fame member Ron Dayne - Friend or Foe? Patrick Butrym vs. J.J. Watt blog - First & Goal: Sept. 3

Tickets are still available for Saturday's home opener vs. Northern Illinois, as well as every non-conference home game on - Badgers' task is to hold onto the ball - UW's Maragos savors journey from walk-on to captain - Notes: Injury reported in defensive line - The Drill: Most 100-yard rushing games in UW history - Badgers blog: Wisconsin-Northern Illinois predictions - Badgers blog: Apparent injury could sideline Nzegwu for opener - Badgers blog: UW's football opener means road construction - Lucas: College openers a crapshoot - Road construction could affect UW fans - Game facts: Badgers vs. Northern Illinois -Spirit of the Dayne & Co. '99 squad lives on - Vmix: Better know a Badger: Zach Brown - Blog: An opposing writer's take on Saturday's game - Vmix: Video: Lucas at Large with Brad Nortman - Column: Dayne a great inductee, but classmates share high pedigree - Big Ten blog: Big Ten lunch links - Big Ten blog: Big Ten picks for Week 1 - Huskie pups jumping right in - Q&A - Sept. 3