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Wisconsin football news, notes for Sept. 2

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So how are you feeling for Saturday’s season opener? LSU is as talented as No. 5 teams in the country come, and even if Wisconsin sports something of a “homestate advantage” with the game being at Lambeau Field, oddsmakers quickly settled on 10 points going to the Badgers for this one.

That said, Owen Riese laid out the path Wisconsin could take to shutting down Leonard Fournette, and if that happens, the Badgers could keep this beyond competitive. We’ll have our site predictions uup soon, but it’s never too early to hear more—what are you thinking?

Morning links

How Fournette, a fight and a lost season fuel Corey Clement
by Jesse Temple, ESPN

Yeah, read this.

"I just think some NFL scouts or people who follow college football in general, they don't even mention me up with Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, all these other top premier backs," Clement said. "It's kind of a smack in the face to not even be mentioned with these guys. I've been here before some of these guys who came in, like Fournette. But he's gained his respect.

"This is my season to make up and say, 'I haven't left yet. You made a big mistake trying to drop my name out of the running.' It's another motivation just to kick into another gear and just go off the first game. I've got to think about the first game -- the first game only. Me against Fournette. So, bring on the show."

Saturday will mark Lambeau Field's first college game in 33 years
by Jason Galloway, Wisconsin State Journal

Circumstances will be quite different than the most recent college football game played at Lambeau back in November 1983, when St. Norbert defeated Fordham on a rainy, 45-degree afternoon in front of 842 fans.

“I remember thinking to myself, ‘Oh my God, this place is so big and there’s so few people here,’ ” said Tom Fameree, a senior fullback for St. Norbert in 1983. “The stadium just dwarfed them.”

Troy Fumagalli avoids scare, ready for LSU
by Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“There was this big cut,” Fumagalli said. “It was pretty cool. You could see my tendons. No damage, though. I got lucky.”

OK then!

No Badgers DB is too short to stand tall
by Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Something tells me this won’t be the last time we hear about the lack of height in Wisconsin’s secondary this season, for better or worse. Sojourn Shelton on whether he checks the heights of the receivers he’s about to line up against each week (hint: he doesn’t):

“Everybody around the country has big receivers,” he said. “Playing in the Big Ten, you face these kind of receivers week in and week out. So the size thing really doesn’t matter. Either you make the play or you don’t.

Lambeau field prepping for invasion of rowdy Wisconsin and LSU fans
by Dan Larson (AP)

Watch out for those ROWDY fans!

LSU fans attracted by 'mecca of football'
by Richard Ryman, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

UW opens season with a bang
Gary D’Amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

For Les Miles and LSU, football means a return to normalcy
Mark Schlabach, ESPN

A couple of basketball links

We’ve been so locked into football, that we neglected these bits of news:

Badgers men's basketball: Wisconsin completes schedule with non-conference games vs. Central Arkansas, Prairie View A&M
by Jim Polzin, Wisconsin State Journal

Know Your Madisonian: Operations director helps UW men's basketball program run like 'clockwork'
by Jim Polzin, Wisconsin State Journal