Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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MADISON, Wis. Only Bret Bielema can know whether his words reflected well-crafted spin or genuine delight.But Bielema, Wisconsin's seventh-year football coach, sure sounded like a politician attempting to sell something on Saturday evening. Yes, 12th-ranked Wisconsin won its season opener against Football Championship Subdivision opponent Northern Iowa. It also narrowly escaped an historic upset, squeezing by with a too-close-for-comfort 26-21 victory at Camp Randall Stadium.What should folks make of it all?"From my point of view as a head coach, in my twisted mind, it couldn't have worked out any better," Bielema said. " To me, we get a lot better out of this than a 42-0 blowout. I don't see what that gets. I know our fans, we kept them in their seats."That's certainly one way to look at it. Another way is this: Wisconsin has a long way to go if it hopes to live up to expectations of securing a third consecutive Big Ten championship.Since the NCAA split its divisions in 1978, only...
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