Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 9/1/12
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The Wisconsin Badgers season opener against the Northern Iowa Panthers didn’t go quite as planned, but they did pull out the 26-21 win. All things considered, the Panthers (0-1) had a legitimate shot to take the lead late in the fourth quarter until the Badgers (1-0) defense buckled down and saved the game. Last season, former quarterback Russell Wilson and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst had the Badgers scoring in less than sixty seconds, but it appears new OC Matt Canada and the Badgers will return to a more traditional and conservative approach in 2012. What It Means: I wouldn’t say the Badgers had a bad game nor did they have a good game. While the Northern Iowa Panthers are not your typical FCS team, Wisconsin failed to impress on many fronts. The offensive line was far from dominant, leaving limited room for Montee Ball and James White to work throughout the game and the defense had a handful of  blown assignments which led to three Panthers touchdowns in the second half. ...
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