Therefore, it was only logical that Alvarez might play a role in this week's preparation for Saturday.
With Bielema's blessing, Alvarez spoke to the team after practice Thursday, though what he said remained behind the closed locker room doors.
It was the first time Alvarez has offered advice or spoken to the team regarding Ohio State, Bielema said. According to Bielema, the only other time Alvarez gave a speech about a specific team was in 2008 before Minnesota.
"You know Coach, I think when he first started the new role he is at, he was very cognizant about staying away from the coaching aspect," Bielema said. "We have talked a lot about things related, but very few times about X's and O's."
According to Bielema, all hands should be on deck for Ohio State.
"From an injury standpoint everyone should be on board," Bielema said.
Of course, Bielema said the same thing last week and Jay Valai was held out of the Minnesota game, so take his word with a giant grain of salt.
Borland starts rehab
Linebacker Chris Borland had surgery Wednesday to repair his injured shoulder. According to Bielema, the surgery went successfully.
Borland faces around a six-month recovery time, before having another surgery on the opposite shoulder.
Bielema said Borland should be ready to go by fall camp of next season.
"Just an update, Chris Borland had surgery [Wednesday] and everything went good there, better then what they thought," Bielema said.
In preparation for Terrell Pryor, the Badgers played freshman running back Jeff Lewis and freshman quarterback Drew McAdams to emulate the throwing and running potential of Pryor. … Defensive end Tyler Dippel will see time against Ohio State as the backup end, with Bielema noting Dippel's "great motor."