When Wisconsin (3-2 Big Ten / 6-3 overall) plays at Indiana (2-3 / 4-5) Saturday, senior Curt Phillips will make his first start at quarterback for the Badgers. Phillips beat out junior Danny O’Brien for the right to start in place of the injured Joel Stave. Its been a long road for Phillips since he arrived in Madison. He has torn the ACL in his right knee three times, costing him the entire 2010 and 2011 seasons. That has limited Phillips to just seven games (two this season) in which, he completed seven passes for 65 yards. Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema is excited for Phillips…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/BIELEMA1.mp3|titles=BIELEMA1]
Saturday also marks the first time in three games that Wisconsin’s will have senior Ricky Wagner at left tackle. Wagner missed the Minnesota and Michigan State games after suffering a knee injury in a win at Purdue back on October 13th. Coach Bielema feels that Wagner benefited from the Badgers week off…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/BIELEMA2.mp3|titles=BIELEMA2]
With Wagner out, junior Ryan Groy moved from left guard to left tackle. Now the Badgers will have the starting left side of their offensive line in place and Wagner hopes they can pick up from where the left off…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/WAGNER11.mp3|titles=WAGNER1]
Indiana’s defense is ranked 84th in the nation allowing 428 yards per game (208 rushing, 219 passing) and they have given up 28.9 points per game. Badgers junior center Travis Frederick does not think that those numbers show how good the Hoosiers defense really is…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/FREDERICK1.mp3|titles=FREDERICK1]
Offensively, Indiana is first in the Big Ten with just under 300 yards passing per game and they are third in the conference averaging 33.1 points per game. The Hoosiers like to play an up tempo style that junior defensive tackle Beau Allen and the rest of the Badgers defense will be ready for…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/ALLEN1.mp3|titles=ALLEN1]
With a win Saturday, Wisconsin will secure a trip to Indianapolis and a second straight appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game. Senior running back Montee Ball and the Badgers know its an important game, but they are trying to treat it like any other…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/BALL1.mp3|titles=BALL1]
Saturday’s game between Wisconsin and Indiana can be heard on 93.9 FM WDOR. Coverage begins at 9 AM. Kickoff from Bloomington, Indiana is at 11 AM.
Neither team is ranked in the national polls this week. Wisconsin did receive votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Wisconsin leads the all-time series with Indiana, 37-18-2. The Badgers are 16-9-1 in Bloomington.
Badgers head coach Bret Bielema is 6-0 against the Hoosiers. That includes a 3-0 mark at Indiana.
Other Big Ten games:
Northwestern at Michigan (11 AM)
Purdue at Iowa (11 AM)
Minnesota at Illinois (2:30 PM)
Penn State at Nebraska (2:30 PM)