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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- They do football the old-fashioned way at Wisconsin. Remember huddles? Remember fullbacks? Old-fashioned might be too newfangled a descriptive for this offense.Archaic, head coach Paul Chryst said after his No. 11 Badgers humiliated No. 8 Michigan State 30-6 in both teams Big Ten Conference opener.The Badgers dont flip the ball to the official and run back to the line of scrimmage. They huddle until the 40-second clock has done half its work. They walk back to the line. Then they move the chains.In four games, their longest gain is 47 yards. They have one run of more than 35 yards. But they hold the ball for 37 minutes per game. They have 12 scoring drives of at least eight plays. In a fast-food world, the Badgers chew their opponents slowly before they swallow them.Its pretty straightforward, senior running back Corey Clement said. Theres not a lot of twists and turns in this offense. Defenses know what were going to do, and that makes it that much better when you can execute on a higher level.The truth is the Spartans played stingy defense Saturday. They held the Badgers to 317 total yards. What they didnt do was rattle redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook. Making his first start on the road against the defending league champion, Hornibrook completed 16 of 26 passes for 195 yards with one touchdown and one interception.In the end, how the Michigan State defense played didnt matter because the Spartans offense and special teams proved generous to a fault. Wisconsin free safety Leo Musso returned a fumble by Michigan State tailback LJ Scott 66 yards for a touchdown. Spartans punter Jake Hartbarger mishandled a snap at his 5-yard line, and the Badgers needed one play to score a touchdown.But there was also the first of Michigan State quarterback?Tyler OConnors three interceptions, midway through the second quarter, which Badgers corner Sojourn Shelton returned 8 yards to the Spartans 28. The resulting touchdown drive describes the Wisconsin offense quite well. The Badgers went 28 yards in six plays and needed 2:40 to do so.By comparison, in No. 3 Louisvilles first three games, the Cardinals scored 19 of their 26 touchdowns in less time. Wisconsin might not quite be a team for leather helmets, but the Badgers, like No. 4 Michigan, their next opponent, and No. 7 Stanford, play a brand of football that would be recognizable to Bo Schembechler or John McKay or any other time traveler with a whistle around his neck.Wisconsin junior wide receiver Jazz Peavy grew up watching Wisconsin football. The school is the only place he ever wanted to play. He understands the appeal of the hurry-up spread offense.Its very fun to watch, exciting to watch, Peavy said. Those are teams that go, go, go, always pass, pass, pass. Its always exciting. But I love what I do here. This has got to be exciting to watch. Hard-nosed football, get your hands in the ground and go to work.Enjoyable, yes. Exciting? If you say so, Jazz. The truth is, grinding it out is as much a part of the Wisconsin identity as cheese curds and the bubbler (what the rest of us call a water fountain). When Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez resurrected the Badgers program from the dead in 1990, he said, Our hearts and minds will come from Wisconsin, but our hands and feet better come from somewhere else.Thats why the Badgers dont spread the field.Where are we going to get skilled guys to do that? Alvarez asked Saturday. We can get big linemen. Thats what we can get. So you gotta start with the running game. Youre going down to Florida and all these places, youre getting seconds. Ill tell you, if [the spread is] what you run, and youve got to prepare to play us, its hard. How do you prepare? Because [were] so physical.The Badgers find guys such as junior left tackle Ryan Ramczyk, who went to a technical college for one season, played two years at Division III Wisconsin-Stevens Point and, after a redshirt season, is protecting his quarterbacks blind side.I think it fits the players that we get, said Chryst, who coached eight seasons for Alvarez and Bret Bielema in Madison. I suppose once you get going, you look for those players. But it fits Wisconsin. Theres a formula, and it isnt the only one. But it does fit Wisconsin.This game had been billed as the first portion of a five-game marathon. Wisconsin plays at fourth-ranked Michigan next week and then, after a week off, plays No. 2 Ohio State, at Iowa and No. 20 Nebraska. Realists who predicted the Badgers would go 2-3 are changing their predictions. Suddenly, Wisconsins future doesnt look as ominous as what Michigan State is facing.Since taking a 36-7 lead in the third quarter last week at Notre Dame, the Spartans have been outscored 51-6. If you ignore the season-opening victory over FCS Furman, Michigan States game before that was the 38-0 playoff semifinal loss to Alabama last season.Wisconsin might be archaic, but the Badgers just made the Big Ten race a lot more interesting. . Thats about all he can do right now, so hes trying not to think about when he might be able to play again for the Los Angeles Lakers. . The veteran safety was a starter for the Bengals from 2008-2012. He totaled 41 tackles and three interceptions while starting all but four of the 13 games he played last season. . A knee to the thigh might have stung him the most, but his sixth straight double-double made up for the brief burst of pain. . -- Charlie Graham stopped 67 shots as the Belleville Bulls edged the visiting Guelph Storm 6-5 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. . By having more great seasons. Manning was the only unanimous choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team Friday. BATON ROUGE, La. -- Les Miles is back in damage-control mode while he tries to fix LSUs offense.The embattled 12th-year coach can only hope he gets the Tigers problems straightened out soon. His team plummeted in the national rankings from fifth to 21st, and his support among fans and boosters is fading fast.Theres a lot that can be said about a lot of things, Miles said Tuesday in reference to the criticism that has been dogging him, quarterback Brandon Harris and his offensive line since Saturdays mistake-marred, 16-14 upset loss to then-unranked Wisconsin . Certainly, Im aware of whats going on.Miles insisted that Harris performance against Wisconsin -- which was punctuated by a game-losing interception thrown directly to a defender and several yards from the nearest receiver -- belied the betterment that the junior QB displayed in practices last spring and throughout August. Miles made it clear hes not ready to give up on Harris, but also left little doubt that Harris margin for error is shrinking.Decision-making and really relaxing and letting the game come to him -- at times, he struggles there, Miles said. By the makeup of the talent thats there, were in pretty good shape. Its just that maturation process.Miles asserted that Harris has been just tremendous in scrimmages, so I know what the capability is.I recognize that hes got to still (improve); we all do, Miles added. But he doesnt have a lifetime to do it and there are other quarterbacks.Next in line would be Danny Etling, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound junior transfer from Purdue who fans could be calling for when LSU plays its home opener against Jacksonville State this Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.Miles said he is eager to see Etling play, too, but added, Hopefully itll not have to be done for the necessity of victory. Hopefully itll be done because Brandon has really improved and done well, and lets give Danny some snaps.Etling has been praised for his arm strength and ability to scramble when needed, but he does not necessarily represent a panacea for the Tigers offense, based on his experience with the Boilermakers.He started seven games for Purdue as a freshman and five as a sophomore, but often struggled. He left Purdue having completed 55.5 percent of his passes for 2,490 yards and 16 TDs against 12 interceptions.Yet Harris on Saturday struggled to even meet his production standard from a year ago.In 12 starts last season, Harris completed 53.8 percent of his passes for 180.4 yards per game and 13 touchdowns against six interceptions.Against Wisconsin -- which shot up to 10th in the AP TTop 25 -- Harris completed 12 of 21 passes (57.dddddddddddd percent) for 131 yards and one touchdown while being sacked twice and throwing two interceptions, the second of which extinguished LSUs comeback hopes after the Tigers had moved into game-winning field goal range.Harris was not made available to speak with reporters after the Wisconsin game or on Tuesday.Regardless of who plays quarterback, one change will be noticeable: offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will move from the sideline to the press box to call plays.Center Ethan Pocic said the offensive line was to blame for some of Harris troubles against Wisconsin.Brandon, in the locker room, he thought it was all on him, but its not, Pocic said. There are so many things that play into it. Like I told him, the o-line has got to give him more time.LSU players apparently have been briefed on how to handle the fall-out from their first-game flop, which only looked worse in the context of rival Alabama, which has a freshman at quarterback, consolidating its No. 1 ranking with a 52-6 demolition of Southern California.When questioned about the psyche of the team, several LSU players made available to reporters on Tuesday afternoon repeated cliches about taking it one game at a time and improving day by day. They also noted that all their main goals regarding Southeastern Conference and national championship remains in front of us.Technically, thats true. LSU wont play its SEC opener until Sept. 18 against Mississippi State and teams have rebounded from season-opening losses to win the national championship before -- as Ohio State did just two seasons ago.Its not the end of the world, Pocic said, as long as we learn from it and improve.Game notes Miles said star running back Leonard Fournette was rested during Mondays practice but reiterated, as he said after Saturdays game, that Fournette is fine after initially being hobbled by a fourth-quarter hit to his lower leg. ... Miles said guard Josh Boutte, who has been suspended one game for leveling Wisconsins DCota Dixon after the defensive backs game-sealing interception, called Dixon to express remorse and ask if he was OK. He didnt want to hurt him, Miles said, adding that Boutte was blocking on the back side of the play and did not initially realize Dixon had been ruled down because he did not see the defensive back fall to the ground after the interception.---Online: AP College Football website Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Cheap NFL Womens Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Outlet Jerseys From China Jerseys NFL Cheap Disocunt Football Jerseys Wholesale NFL Gear Wholesale Jerseys 2018 NFL Jerseys Outlet Wholesale Jerseys 2019 NFL Jerseys Outlet ' ' '

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