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Wisconsin FB Begins Bye Week

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Madison (WQOW) -- After an intense, physical game at Ohio State, and another disappointing loss, the Wisconsin football team gets next Saturday off.

The Badgers play October 12 at Camp Randall Stadium against Northwestern.

Wisconsin had its chances last Saturday night at Ohio Stadium, but three potential turnovers wound up going the other way, so the Badgers lost the turnover battle, one-zero.  On top of that, the Badgers defense and special teams weren't quite up to par.

That's three major area's lost in Gary Andersen's five-category plan to win.  It's another bump in the first half of the season, but there are plenty of games left.

"We are 3-2, I get it, they know where we're at," Andersen says, "it's not what they wanted at the beginning, but if they can just keep on battling and keep on fighting I think they're a very talented football team. they'll be fine trust me. I got 20 text messages from kids saying let's go so they're in a good spot."

Running back Melvin Gordon left the Ohio State game at the end of the 3rd quarter with an apparent knee injury, but Andersen says he expects Gordon to be ready to go for the Northwestern game in two weeks.   Andersen also expects wide receiver/returner Kenzel Doe and tight end Jacob Pedersen to play against the Wildcats after both sat out at Ohio State.

Wisconsin won't be calling Saturday's loss at Ohio State a moral victory, but it was encouraging to see the progress of the passing game.   Ohio State was determined to take away the Badgers' ground game, But that opened up the aerial attack, as Jared Abbrederis had a career high with 207 receiving yards, while Joel Stave threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns.

"Joel appears to be preparing very well and he's functioning in the moment very well.  He reacts to adversity in a calm and cool way as a quarterback and that's impressive.  I didn't really feel that in spring and sometimes in fall camp,  I didn't feel like that but he just,  okay here, let's go and that will continue to improve."
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