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Gary Andersen Week 6 press conference: Previewing Wisconsin vs. Northwestern

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Interestingly enough, no current Badgers players have played at Northwestern. Gary Andersen dropped that nugget and plenty more in his weekly Monday press conference.

Wisconsin hasn't won at Northwestern since the 1990s, but that's sort of misleading since the two teams haven't played very much. Regardless, as Badgers head coach Gary Andersen reminded the media during his weekly Monday press conference, zero UW players have played at Ryan Field in Evanston. That's because UW hasn't been to Northwestern since 2009.

In fact, the Badgers haven't won in Evanston since the 1990s. That's kinda misleading, though, and we'll probably hear about it for the remainder of the week. As you'll see below, the fact is the two teams just haven't met very often.

G Date School Opponent Pts Opp W L Streak
92 Oct 12, 2013 Wisconsin Northwestern W 35 6 56 32 W 2
91 Nov 27, 2010 Wisconsin Northwestern W 70 23 55 32 W 1
90 Nov 21, 2009 Wisconsin @ Northwestern L 31 33 54 32 L 1
89 Oct 7, 2006 Wisconsin Northwestern W 41 9 54 31 W 1
88 Oct 8, 2005 Wisconsin @ Northwestern L 48 51 53 31 L 1
87 Oct 23, 2004 Wisconsin Northwestern W 24 12 53 30 W 1
86 Oct 25, 2003 Wisconsin @ Northwestern L 7 16 52 30 L 2
85 Sep 23, 2000 Wisconsin Northwestern L 44 47 52 29 L 1
84 Oct 30, 1999 Wisconsin @ Northwestern W 35 19 52 28 W 3

That was one of the highlights of head coach Gary Andersen's weekly Monday press conference in Madison. Here are the rest of the noteworthy updates, organized by theme. We'll follow up with in-depth stories throughout the week, as always.

On the defense limiting South Florida:

On the passing game's struggles:

On Northwestern:

On Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement:

Jumping in here: perhaps this is just semantics, but why shouldn't we see Gordon and Clement together on the field all the time?

On UW's secondary:

On Joel Stave:

Injury update: