Bielema: "This was one of the most beneficial teaching tools"

Bret Bielema is hoping that the Badgers narrow 26-21 victory over FCS opponent Northern Iowa will teach them more than if they had blown someone out to start off the season.

"You've got to touch a hot stove once. Once you get burned, you're not going to do it again. And hopefully our guys learn, hey, you've got to put people away when we can." he explained afterwards.

"To me, we get a lot better out of this than a 42-0 blowout. I don't see what that gets. I know our fans, it kept them in their seats."

Northern Iowa has been an FCS power during recent years, winning at least 7 games every year dating back to 2003, including a ten win season last year. Back in 2009, the Panthers lost to Iowa and Iowa State by only a point each.

The Wisconsin defense played well for most of the night, up until the last part of the third quarter. Up until that point, the Badgers hadn't allowed UNI to cross midfield but in the fourth quarter, the Panther offense put together a few long touchdown passes to close the gap and make the last possession count.

"I told our guys any win is a good win, but this was one of the most beneficial teaching tools we could secure.

"Wisconsin football may not be the prettiest thing to watch, but we get W's" Bielema noted.




In state action - Sunday TV

Some solid in state college football action today, including Kentucky and Louisville and SMU at Baylor.

Eastern time listed.


No games


Bethune-Cookman vs Alabama State - 12 - ESPN

Kentucky at Louisville - 3:30 - ESPN

Southern Methodist at Baylor - 6:30 - Fox Sports Net

High School:

Miramar (FL) vs Manatee (FL) - 2 - ESPN2

Impressive D-III intro video

Leading your team out onto the field to the roar of 75,000 screaming fans during your intro video, is a pretty special moment. Unfortunately, D-III programs don't get that kind of welcome, but that hasn't stopped the guys at Wisconsin Lutheran from putting together a pretty impressive highlight video.

Dr. Dennis Miller is in his 13th season at the helm at Wisconsin Lutheran, and is the only head coach the program has ever known. The staff has done a great job with such a young program. In fact, last season the Warriors snapped a 16 game conference winning streak for defending Northern Athletic Conference champion, Benedictine (IL).

Later today, Miller will lead the team on the road to take on Ripon (D-III - WI) in a match up of teams that finished 6-4 last season.


Saturday TV - College football all day long

College football all day today, starting bright an early with Notre Dame and Navy playing overseas, and later on featuring Alabama and Michigan.

Eastern times listed, and afternoon / night (pm) unless otherwise noted.


No games


Navy vs Notre Dame - 9am - CBS

Appalachian State at East Carolina - 12 - FSN

Marshall at West Virginia - 12  - FX

Miami (OH) at Ohio State - 12 - BTN

Northwestern at Syracuse - 12 - ESPN2

Ohio at Penn State - 12 - ESPN

Troy at UAB - 12 

Western Michigan at Illinois - 12 - ESPNU

Buffalo at Georgia - 12:21 - SEC Network

Elon at North Carolina - 12:30 - ESPN-GP

Fort Valley State (D-II) at Delta State (D-II) - 1 - ESPN-GP

Richmond at Virginia - 3 - FSN

Bowling Green at Florida - 3:30 - ESPN

Eastern Kentucky at Purdue - 3:30 - BTN

Iowa vs Northern Illinois - 3:30 - ESPNU

Miami at Boston College - 3:30 - ABC / ESPN2

Northern Iowa at Wisconsin - 3:30 - BTN

Southern Miss at Nebraska - 3:30 - ABC / ESPN2

Tulsa at Iowa State - 3L30 - FSN

Colorado vs. Colorado State - 4 - FX

Auburn vs. Clemson - 7 - ESPN

Central Arkansas at Ole Miss - 7 - ESPN-GP

Jackson State at Mississippi State - 7 - Fox Sports South

Lamar at Louisiana Lafayette - 7 - ESPN-GP

North Texas at LSU - 7 - ESPNU

Northwestern State at Texas Tech - 7 - Fox Sports Southwest

Robert Morris at North Dakota State - 7 - ESPN-GP

Southeastern Louisiana at Missouri - 7 - ESPN-GP

Hawaii at USC - 7:30 - FOX

Alabama vs Michigan - 8 - ABC

Indiana State at Indiana - 8 - BTN

Rutgers at Tulane - 8 - CBSSN

Texas State at Houston - 8 - CSNC / CSBA / CSS

Arkansas State at Oregon - 10:30 - ESPN

Oklahoma at UTEP - 10:30 - FSN

Toledo at Arizona - 10:30 - ESPNU

High School:

No games

Interesting intro video at Arizona State

Arizona came out to this intro video yesterday in Tempe and rolled to a 63-6 victory over Northern Arizona.

The Arizona State staff put together an offensive gameplan that racked up 554 yards of total offense (with only four incomplete passes thrown all game) and a defense that allowed only 2.5 yards per rush and also managed to pick off three passes. Time of possession was almost split directly in half as Northern Arizona held the ball for 29:44 and Arizona State had it for 30:16.

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