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Badgers Preparing For Big Ten Championship

Bret Bielema leads the Badgers into another matchup with Nebraska Bret Bielema leads the Badgers into another matchup with Nebraska

Madison (WQOW) -- The Wisconsin football team kicked off the Big Ten portion of its season at Nebraska.  Now, those two teams will meet again Saturday in the conference championship game to decide which one is going to the Rose Bowl.

The Badgers are taking a 7-5 overall record to Indianapolis.  They're also coming off back-to-back overtime losses, but head coach Bret Bielema isn't focusing anything that's happened in the past.

"I told our guys, hey, we're a 7-5 team going to Indianapolis," Bielema says, "if you were 8-4, 9-3, 10-2, 11-1 or 12-0 you would still have to do the exact same thing you have to do this weekend, which is play Nebraska for an opportunity to go to the Rose Bowl. I know there's 10 other teams in our league that would like to be in our position and to have this opportunity is something we're going to cherish."

Nebraska comes in riding a 6-game winning streak, but Bielema, in this case, isn't a big believer in momentum.

"Saturday I think you're going to see two teams that put themselves in a position to be there. neither one of them is going to give a hoot how they got there. we played two heartbreakers to two of the teams, we lost in overtime to two teams we battled for the title with, unfortunately we lost. its going to be an electric environment and one from we know from last year's game that will be energy charged and full of emotions and energy."

The Badgers get some good news on the injury front.  Linebacker Chris Borland is expected to play Saturday, after sitting out the last two games with a hamstring injury.  Also, receiver Jared Abbrederis and offensive lineman Kyle Costigan are both expected to be in uniform; they both left the Penn State game with injuries.

The Big Ten names its all-conference football teams Monday.  The Badgers have two players picked as players of the year at their respective positions: Montee Ball at running back, and Jacob Pedersen at tight end.

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