Wisconsin (1-1) will look to rebound from last week’s loss when they host Utah State (2-0) tonight. The Badgers dropped their first regular-season, non-conference game in 26 contests last Saturday, as they lost at Oregon State, 10-7. Following that performance, offensive line coach Mark Markuson was fired and offensive quality control coordinator and graduate assistant, Bart Miller was promoted to the vacated position. After being hired this past winter, Markuson was let go after just two games. Its a move that head coach Bret Bielema did not take lightly…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/BIELEMA11.mp3|titles=BIELEMA1]
Bielema hopes that his team will now get back to playing “Wisconsin football”…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/BIELEMA21.mp3|titles=BIELEMA2]
Heisman trophy hopeful, Montee Ball, did not find much running room against the Oregon State defense. He gained just 65 yards on 15 carries. Ball believes that a return to Camp Randall Stadium will be good for the Badgers after their tough road loss…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/BALL12.mp3|titles=BALL1]
The Wisconsin offense struggled a week ago, gaining just 207 yards (35 yards rushing, 172 yards passing). Quarterback Danny O’Brien completed 20 of 38 passes for 172 yards, one touchdown and was intercepted once by the Beavers. O’Brien said its time for the Badgers offense to start performing at a higher level…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/OBRIEN11.mp3|titles=OBRIEN1]
Utah State comes to Madison off of wins over in-state opponents, Southern Utah and Utah. Coach Bielema knows that the Aggies will not be a push over…[audio:http://www.wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/BIELEMA3.mp3|titles=BIELEMA3]
Utah State lost that game at Auburn last season, 42-38. Tonight’s contest between Wisconsin and Utah State can be heard on 93-9 FM WDOR. Coverage begins at 5 PM. Kickoff from Camp Randall Stadium is at 7 PM.
Wisconsin is ranked 22nd in this week’s USA Today Coaches Poll. The Badgers dropped out of the AP Media Poll. Utah State is unranked.
This is the second meeting between the two teams. Wisconsin lost to Utah State in Madison, 20-0 back in 1968.
The Badgers have won six straight over teams from the Western Athletic Conference. Their last loss to a WAC team was in 2001, when Wisconsin fell at home to Fresno State, 32-20.
Wisconsin is 18-7 all-time against WAC opponents. That includes a mark of 8-5 at Camp Randall Stadium.