MADISON, Wis. When the pulse of a town and ultimately one's job security hinges on the outcome of football games each Saturday in the fall, a college coach will delve to great depths to summon an answer for a loss.
Sometimes, he may even turn to a higher power.
Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has endured a season unlike any in his seven-year tenure with the Badgers. Six new assistant coaches. Three different starting quarterbacks. And perhaps most stunning, five losses by a combined total of 19 points, including three in overtime.
It's been enough for Bielema to ask why his team can't catch a break this season -- enough for him to seek out a biblical line from the book of Luke: Chapter 14, Verse 11 to summarize his feelings.
For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
The way Bielema sees it, his Badgers have certainly been humbled this season. One play here or there, and maybe Wisconsin is staring at an undefeated season. Top-...