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Varsity - September 13, 2012

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INSIDE FOOTBALL BY BRIAN MASON @BadgerFootball Badgers say they're up course in more ways than one this week. W The obvious change in di- rection came Monday with former graduate assistant Bart Miller replacing Mike Markuson as UW's offensive line coach. Now, the Badgers hope that change can spark a turn- around for an offense that struggled to move the ball in its loss to Oregon State. Tuesday was the first step, with several players report- ing their first practice of the week to be the Badgers' best session so far this season. 44 » VARSITY SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 isconsin has an op- portunity to change SCHEDULE for the challenge(s) Night game at Camp Randall an opportunity "I think this group defi- nitely embraces adversity," senior LT Rick Wagner said. "We still have the skills. We have the same personnel. We've just got to show it." The offensive line's re- sponse to the change was all senior RB Montee Ball need- ed to hear. "They said they love it. And whatever they love, I love," Ball said. Standing in the way is a Utah State defense that ranks No. 20 nationally against the run and is com- ing off an emotional win over in-state rival Utah. "It'll be a challenge for any Regular Season Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Northern Iowa W, 26-21 at Oregon State Sept. 15 Utah State Sept. 22 UTEP Sept. 29 at Nebraska Oct. 6 Illinois Oct. 13 at Purdue Oct. 20 Minnesota Oct. 27 Nov. 10 Nov. 17 Ohio State Nov. 24 L, 10-7 7 p.m. 11 a.m. 7 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 11 a.m. TBA Michigan State 2:30 p.m. at Indiana at Penn State TBA TBA TBA offense," UW offensive coordinator Matt Canada said. The Badgers can show they're up to that challenge Saturday night, and history is in their favor: » UW has won 17 straight home games by an average of 33.5 points. The Badgers have won 22 straight at home against non-conference foes. » In the last three night games at Camp Randall, including two against top-10 teams, the Badgers have out- scored their opponents 130-52.

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