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Celebrations for many Badgers peaked on Saturday night, with UW’s 16-14 upset win over No. 5 LSU at Lambeau Field. Now, new expectations have begun to emerge after breaking the Tigers’ 52-game non-conference winning streak.
A few football players will be available, along with head coach Paul Chryst early this afternoon. B5Q will be there to cover it, but for now, check out these articles from the weekend.
By Jesse Temple, ESPN
Great read on how Wisconsin players proved the naysayers wrong on Saturday, and though it was just one game in a long 12-game season, their win is an encouraging sign for the 2016 season:
Whatever the expectations were for Wisconsin this year, they officially have been raised in the wake of the team's scintillating season-opening 16-14 victory over No. 5 LSU at Lambeau Field. The Badgers were more physically dominant from the start, displaying the type of toughness and resiliency that can turn good seasons into great ones.
ESPN also released it’s Big Ten Power Rankings on Sunday, jumping up to third behind Ohio State and Michigan. Dan Murphy wrote:
Could the Badgers turn their treacherous schedule in the first half of the season into a positive? They’re off to a good start after keeping LSU’s offense in check during a 16-14 win at Lambeau Field. No one in the league had a better win this weekend, which unanimously bumped Wisconsin up two spots from where it sat in our preseason power rankings.
By Jason Galloway, Wisconsin State Journal
The former walk-on caught seven passes for 100 yards — leading the team in both categories.
“He was outstanding. We really wouldn’t have won this game if it wasn’t for him,” UW running back Corey Clement said.
“He did a great job of making sure we didn’t go three-and-out on most drives.”
By Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
First on the field while his players celebrated in the Lambeau Field stands Saturday and later inside the media auditorium, Chryst was asked about the magnitude of the victory and what it could forecast for the rest of the season.
Chryst didn’t bite. His message: It is Game 1 of a 13-game regular-season schedule and we have a lot of work to do.
“The opportunity we had because of this game, I wanted them to enjoy it,” he said. “But it’s also a great challenge for this team.
“What we do with this and how we move forward, that’ll define who we are as a team this year.”
Wisconsin prepares for Akron — a 2:30 p.m. CT kickoff on Saturday.
By Ross Dellenger, The Advocate
LSU has some amazing beat writers, and Dellenger really is a great follow — especially with his coverage this past week. He broke down the game film on Sunday.
By Ron Higgins, NOLA.com
HOT TAKE COMING!
Sans a couple of Tre'Davious White defensive plays, including a 21-yard TD interception return, one of the most experienced teams in college football was an absolute train wreck, a flaming wagon flying off a cliff, a grinding washing machine breaking down.
There's no one to blame except the guy who pockets a $4.38 million annual paycheck, the person who said after nearly being fired at the end of last season he thinks his archaic offense only needs tweaking, the funny, quirky guy who annually lands top 10 recruiting classes and turns them into teams battling for minor bowl bids.