Good morning all, I hope the title isn't to 'punny' for you. Here are your Badger Bits for Wednesday, September 15th!
The Wisconsin Badgers will take on Arizona State this Saturday, and under center will be a very familiar Wisconsin foe: quarterback Steven Threet has both faced and defeated the Badgers before. Threet, who transferred to Arizona State from the University of Michigan, led the Wolverines to a come from behind 27-25 victory over the Badgers in Ann Arbor during the 2008 season.
Another familiar face is ASU head coach Dennis Erickson. Erickson has been coaching at Arizona State since the 2007 season, and has some history with Wisconsin as he brings his team to Madison this Saturday. Erickson has played UW twice in his 28 years as a head coach with various programs, and he is unbeaten to boot. His 1986 Wyoming squad defeated the Badgers 21-12, and the eventual 1989 Miami Hurricanes ran over Wisconsin 51-3. Both games were in Madison. Erickson even applied for the Wisconsin head coach position after the 1986 season! Needless to say, there is a lot of back-story between these two teams to look through as we gear up for another Wisconsin game day.
More Badger Bits and Arizona State previews after the jump!
UWBadgers.com has their 'Know the Foe' preview about ASU up on the website, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has the the book on Arizona State up as well.
Be sure to click on over to House of Sparky, SB Nation's resident ASU blog. I'm sure they'll have some preview material up as we move closer to Saturday.
Tom Mulhern of Madison.com thinks that Arizona State might provide an important test for the Badger secondary. ASU mostly runs a no-huddle spread, so we should probably expect the Sun Devils to air out the ball.
in more post-SJSU news, the Journal-Sentinel say the Badgers will try to clean up their mistakes before their Pac-10 foe comes to town.
UWBadgers.com has some post-game interviews up with John Clay and Nick Toon.
Bret Bielema is trying to ready his team for their first true-test of the 2010 season, according to the Badger Herald.
Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt is gaining more national attention, not only for his on-field play, but for the charity work he does with children off the field.
And finally, continuing the 'Big Ten Icons' series on the Big Ten Network, Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch was given the No. 25 spot on the list.
3 days until the next round of Badger football!