Facing an Arizona State team that pushes the tempo on offense to the max, Bielema and the players have been saying all week that a rocking Camp Randall crowd will be important to disrupt the Sun Devils rhythm. The student section in Madison has staked a reputation as one of the rowdiest around — unfortunately, only through the final three quarters.
Showing up late in the first quarter has become as much of a tradition as Jump Around and the band taking the field for the 5th Quarter.
Once again, it is a tradition Bielema would like to see disappear. With a 2:30 start time Saturday, he was hopeful the student section will be filled by kickoff.
"We need everybody with us in the stands, on the sidelines," Bielema said. "I know a 2:30 start is always popular, with our fans for sure. So hopefully it is something that turns out the right way."
"Camp Randall, we have had an unbelievable record here over past five years … the energy that it brings is like a whole other level."
Toon is still dealing with turf toe on his right foot and Gilreath is dealing with a concussion that hospitalized him last Saturday. Both linebackers Mike Taylor and Chris Borland will get the start on defense.
"Josh is actually very close to being able to play," Bielema said. "It has kind of surprised us. He was mixed in there a little bit Tuesday, yesterday he did everything but practice. I mean all the individual stuff and today he did some of teams."
"Should be full go next week."
Taking the Red Shirt Off
With wide receivers Toon and Gilreath officially ruled out for Saturday's game, Bielema said true freshman Manasseh Garner would likely see playing time this weekend.
Bielema and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst had been looking to get Garner some reps during the previous two games, but with neither being a blowout they were unable to find a spot to fit him in. At 6-foot-2 and 204 lbs., Garner can present a big target for Tolzien similar to Toon.
"Manasseh has been right there every game to where we have been," Bielema said. "We didn't use Montee Ball until game four last year. What we don't want to with a young player, it has kind of been our staff philosophy, is put someone in who is not ready. And Manasseh is right there, but it has been tough to get him into those games."
"We'll probably get him in there this week."
Bielema said the Badgers run a "very similar offense" to Pac-10 opponents Stanford and Oregon State, which made for a lot of good film viewing when preparing during the week. … Billy Nagy will get the start at right guard but Kevin Zeitler will play as well Saturday. According to Bielema, neither has separated themselves from the other yet.