The Wisconsin football team will open the new season by hosting Northern Iowa Saturday afternoon. In 2011, the Badgers had a record of 11-3, won the inaugural Big Ten Championship game and played in the Rose Bowl for a second straight season. However, all that was done with Russell Wilson at quarterback. This season, its another transfer under center, as Danny O’Brien comes to Wisconsin after two seasons at Maryland. For the Terrapins, O’Brien threw for 4,086 yards and 29 touchdowns while starting 17 games. Now he is in a Badgers uniform and head coach Bret Bielema is anxious to see how he responds…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/BIELEMA2.mp3|titles=BIELEMA2]
Wisconsin opens against a Northern Iowa team which had a record of 10-3 last year and lost to Montana in the quarterfinals of the FCS (formerly 1-AA) playoffs. Coach Bielema is impressed with the Panthers…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/BIELEMA1.mp3|titles=BIELEMA1]
In their three losses last season, the Badgers allowed 37 points at Michigan State, 33 points at Ohio State and 45 points to Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Defensive coordinator Chris Ash has high hopes for Wisconsin’s defense in 2012…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/ASH.mp3|titles=ASH]
Saturday’s game between Wisconsin and Northern Iowa can be heard on 93.9 FM WDOR. Coverage begins at 12:30 PM. Kickoff from Camp Randall is at 2:30 PM.
Wisconsin begins the new season ranked 12th in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls.
The Badgers are 10-0 all-time versus FCS teams. This is the Badgers first-ever meeting with Northern Iowa.
Wisconsin has won its season opener every year since 1998. The Badgers have also won their last 16 at Camp Randall. That is the nation’s second-longest active streak for home wins.