Wisconsin strives to duplicate Oregon's tempo

Wisconsin is hoping that by using two scout team offenses it can prepare its defense for Oregon's no-huddle attack.

LOS ANGELES – Oregon strives to be the fastest offense in college football, not only in team speed at the skill positions but with the precision it runs plays.

The Ducks seek to run a high number of plays throughout the game in rapid succession, never huddling and often hiking the ball five to seven seconds after the conclusion of the preceding snap.

The aggressive tempo makes Oregon one of the hardest teams in the nation to prepare for, especially during the grind of the season, as demonstrated by its exemplary 25-2 record in conference play under coach Chip Kelly.

Only USC has defeated Oregon with just one week of practice. Kelly's other five losses have come when opponents had extra time, in season openers, bowl games and to a Stanford team coming off an open week in 2009.

The challenge comes with duplicating Oregon's approach, something Wisconsin has tried to do by utilizing two scout team offenses, one coming in right after the other.

"It's something that we've done in the past with no-huddle teams, but these guys are at a whole new level," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said. "When we go no huddle, we're basically snapping the ball five to six seconds after the last play so our guys are getting lined up and have to make all the calls and adjustments."

If the Badgers defense can't keep up, Oregon can take advantage in the blink of an eye. Of the Ducks' 75 touchdown drives this season, 41 required less than two minutes and 13 came in under one minute.

"What you see on film is they get a few plays a game just by people not being aligned," Bielema said. "They make have three receivers to one side and only have two defenders over there and just lose the numbers game, so we have to be on the spot."

Free safety Aaron Henry expressed his appreciation for the extra effort the scout team has put in to mimic Oregon.

"It's almost unrealistic," Henry said. "As soon as the play is over and we're down the field running back to the line, those guys are already set and ready to snap the ball. I think what Coach Ash and our defensive staff is trying to do is make practice harder than the game and they've been doing a great at simulating that. I think it's a great look for us."

Badgers win the Beef Bowl
Wisconsin made the traditional trip to Lawry's on Thursday evening for the annual Beef Bowl, and while organizers downplay any notion of an eating contest, the Badgers bested Oregon by consuming 723 pounds of prime rib.

The Ducks ate 612 pounds during their visit Wednesday, which bodes well for Wisconsin as the ‘winning team' has won the Rose Bowl 39 times in 55 years, a .709 winning percentage.

"This is one of my favorite events, going back to my time as a player," Bielema said. "I am going to have a salad as well. I do have a wedding to get ready for."

Oregon offensive lineman Mark Asper actually performed the Heimlich on a choking man, but there was no such drama for Wisconsin. Still, some players were ready, just in case.

"I have 911 on speed dial," Henry joked.

"If someone breaks out and starts choking, don't look to me to help them," he added with a laugh.

A group of Wisconsin seniors attended the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks at Staples Center after the Beef Bowl.

The Badgers' team hotel is located right across the street in the L.A. Live complex, which is where the Wisconsin band and spirit squad will perform Sunday starting at 1 p.m.

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