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Badger Bits: Will night games affect Wisconsin's title chances?

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If the Badgers want more exposure, they're getting it. Now they'll have to beat the best in the Big Ten on the road and at night.
If the Badgers want more exposure, they're getting it. Now they'll have to beat the best in the Big Ten on the road and at night.

As you might have seen yesterday, the Badgers will play four games at night, and on the ESPN family of networks. These games will being a lot of excellent exposure to the Badger football program, but Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has an interesting question: will the extra night games hurt the Badgers in their hunt for a consecutive Big Ten Championship? 

It's an interesting question. As Potrykus points out, the Badgers are a combined 14-42-3 on the road against Ohio State and Michigan State. The Badgers play both of them on the road, and it's not a stretch to say playing at night will make those road games even tougher. So is the extra exposure worth the added difficulty? 

If you ask me, I'd have to say yes. If the Badgers want to take the next step and become a national football program, they'll need to not only win on the road consistently, but under the lights as well. 

The Badger Herald has named Bret Bielema its Wisconsin Coach of the Year, after he lead the football team to their first Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl berth in a decade. 

Also, the Herald named beating No. 1 OSU as its Moment of the Year, and I don't think I have to explain why. If you're still confused though: 31-18 and 71-67 might bring a few memories back.

SB Nation NC State blog Backing the Pack has a discussion about Russell Wilson, and whether or not transferring to Wisconsin would be a good move for him.

Andy Baggot of Madison.com writes that Mark Johnson says he wasn't offered the Penn State men's hockey job.

Baggot also writes that the donations to LaBahn Arena show dedication to the Wisconsin athletic programs.

Finally, Bama Hawkeye of Off Tackle Empire has a few post-spring practice bowl projections for the 2011 Big Ten season.

Have a great weekend!