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Wisconsin Badgers running backs James White and Montee Ball are running away as the nation’s top running back tandem.
The duo combined to rush for 341 yards on 39 carries (8.74 average) and all five of Wisconsin’s (6-2, 3-1) touchdowns in a 38-13 win over Minnesota.
White not only dominated the normal running game, he debuted at quarterback in the Badgers wildcat formation known as the “Barge” package. Following the game, head coach Bret Bielema emphasized how “fun and exciting,” this year’s team is.
What It Means: Sure, Wisconsin retained Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the ninth straight year, but they also became bowl-eligble, joining Northwestern as the only other Big Ten team to do so. The Badgers have made leaps and strides since the beginning of the season on the offensive line and in the run game. In the past two games, they have racked up 804 rushing yards. And defensively, Wisconsin hasn’t lost a step as they forced the Gophers (4-3, 0-3) to go three-and-out on 7-of-11 possessions....
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MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin's form of football flash doesn't exactly include the razzle-dazzle gimmicks an Oregon or Louisiana Tech employs on the field. Even when the Badgers run the sleekly built "Wildcat" package, it comes with a twist only Wisconsin's brute force can bring.
Seven offensive linemen. Two tight ends. Two tailbacks. The package name -- "Barge...
MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin continued its in-season ascent with a 38-13 drubbing of Minnesota on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers have now won three straight Big Ten games and hold a three-game lead in the Leaders Division race.
Wisconsin dominated Minnesota on the ground, out-gaining the Gophers 337-96. And although the Badgers haven't yet played the meat of their...
James White raced 15 times through Minnesota's defense for 175 yards rushing and three touchdowns, carrying Wisconsin to a 38-13 victory over Minnesota on Saturday, the ninth straight time the Badgers have beaten the Gophers to keep Paul Bunyan's Axe.
Montee Ball let his partner steal the show for most of the afternoon but still muscled his way for 166 yards on 24 attempts...
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In a 38-13 win over the Minnesota Gophers, the Wisconsin Badgers went creative and introduced a wildcat formation known as the “barge” package.
At the hub of the package is running back James White who’s actually quite familiar with taking the direct snap.
“It’s pretty cool. It’s something I did in high school, so it’s not something that’s too new to me. It’s just...
Thanks to cohesion on the offensive line, putting in extra work and another name change, senior tailback Montee Ball is hitting his Heisman stride just as Wisconsin prepares for the tough defense of Michigan State.
MINNEAPOLIS After a 4-0 start to the 2012 season the University of Minnesota football team has now lost two straight games since beginning Big Ten play. Last weekend's loss to Northwestern dropped the Gophers to 4-2. Head coach Jerry Kill's team now has another tough test as it travels to take on rival Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium. Here are five things to watch as Minnesota...
Whether it's the power formation or the new-look 'barge' formation, tailbacks James White and Montee Ball got Wisconsin running in the right direction in a 38-13 victory over Minnesota Saturday.
It's finally here, o.k., it's really just under 24 hours till kickoff in the 122nd edition of Minnesota vs. Wisconsin. It's the battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe and to both sides of this rivalry there's nothing finer than parading around the field chopping down goalposts with the Axe.
For Wisconsin fans there's the hope they aren't seeing Gopher players...
Wisconsin had no trouble dispatching Minnesota 38-13 on Saturday to keep Paul Bunyan's Axe in Madison for another year. The Badgers have now won nine straight games in the series, which matches the longest winning streak by either team in the 122-game history.
Once again, Badgers running backs Montee Ball and James White sparkled. When both are running as they did on Saturday...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Neither Ohio State's Urban Meyer nor Purdue's Danny Hope can trust their defenses these days.
As a result, no one has any idea what's going to happen when the teams meet on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
Meyer, proponent of the high-scoring, devil-may-care spread offense, is not happy when his team is forced to outscore an opponent.
"Oh, we can...
Three weeks ago, Paul Bunyan's Axe, the trophy the Minnesota and Wisconsin football teams battle for each fall, seemed to be in play for seemingly the first time since the giant lumberjack and his blue ox roamed the north woods. Oh, wait Bunyan and his ox weren't real.And neither, it seems, was there ever a day less than a month ago when the Gophers had reason to believe...