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Wisconsin Badgers news, 8/27: Heisman hype 'stressing' Melvin Gordon; Sojourn Shelton wiser as sophomore

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Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Madison.com wonders if the Heisman Trophy hype is wearing on Melvin Gordon:

"I'm just stressed for no reason and I feel like I'm not working hard enough sometimes and that's not the case," he said. "I just got to clear that out, man, and just get ready to play."

Also in that article: Wisconsin freshman receiver George Rushing was set to visit LSU before he decided on cancelling that in favor of a trip to Madison.

Tom Oates has a nice Big Ten primer on Madison.com.

Here's a lengthy feature on Derek Watt, headlined by what sounds like an awesome trip to Europe he took with brother J.J. and T.J.

They sat in slack-jawed wonder inside the Colosseum in Rome, reflecting on their gladiator roots amid the smell of ancient conflicts.

They did training runs through the streets London with Big Ben as a milestone and did the same in Paris with the Arc de Triomphe as their guide.

Sojourn Shelton is wiser after his freshman year, particularly after that Arizona State game, Jeff Potrykus writes on JSOnline.com. Shelton's also apparently put on 28 pounds since coming to Madison. Potrykus also has two scouting reports on LSU.

More on Shelton: he's No. 2 on BadgerNation's list of the Most Indispensable Badgers this season.

Wisconsin is preparing to face LSU's talented defensive ends, Jesse Temple writes for Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Gary Andersen took part in the first Big Ten coaches teleconference of the season on Tuesday. Here's the full transcript of his conversation.

247Sports has its first Big Ten power rankings.

LSU links

You can get a sense of the versatility of LSU's offensive line in this nola.com story on backup right tackle Josh Boutte.

Sophomore Rickey Jefferson will start at safety for LSU, and he's become a surprisingly confident tackler after switching over from receiver.

More on the fullback known as "Bone Saw": Conner Neighbors is one beat writer's "character guy" for the Tigers this year.

SB Nation bro Paul Crewe has 10 sentences on Leonard Fournette over on And The Valley Shook.