Bielema Notebook: Iowa Crowd will be Rowdy

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema is expecting a more stern test from Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi in the passing game than Terrelle Pryor gave the Badgers last week.

MADISON — The Wisconsin football team's first foray into a opposing Big Ten Stadium this year didn't go to well this season, so in anticipation of another less-than-inviting crowd, the UW coaches cranked the crowd noise to even higher-than-usual levels to prepare for the atmosphere at Kinnick Stadium.

Badger football coach Bret Bielema said crowd noise was pumping in during plays and in-between reps to get the team used to a constant hostile atmosphere.

"The biggest thing we have had to challenge our guys all week about is you are going into a hostile environment. It is a totally different crowd, one against you and one for you. One thing we have had in practice is crowd noise going all week as much as we can. Normally we turn it down between plays to try and get some feedback but this week we kept it blaring," Bielema said.

"The unique thing with Iowa is the fans are literally five feet away from the bench and they are right on top of you. So there is the general crowd noise but then there is also the guy standing five feet behind you who has had a couple extra hours of tailgating that day and wants to tell you different things."

Injury Updates

According to Bielema, several players injured in the Ohio State game didn't practice this week and will be doubtful for Saturday.

He declined to specify who, however.

"As far as injury-wise there are a couple guys that got nicked up last week who have been held out of practice so far and I don't know that we are going to be able to get them in. Game time decision on a couple of them," he said.

"I won't really talk about who they are."

Bielema did confirm that Josh Oglesby will be held out once again. Oglesby has still not been cleared to play with a knee injury. Bielema said they will reevaluate the knee on Sunday.

A Different QB Threat

After holding Terrelle Pryor to 212 total yards on Saturday, the Badgers will go up against a more conventional threat in Iowa's Ricky Stanzi. The Hawkeye signal caller is averaging 245 yards per game on a 68.3 percent completion percentage with 13 touchdowns to just two interceptions on the season.

"It is a different challenge. Some of the principles are going to remain the same, but it is a totally different offense. I think Stanzi has been very accurate and I think he has been very good in his decision making," said Bielema.

Extra Points

After losing first-round NFL pick Bryan Bulaga from last year's team, Bielema still thinks the Iowa offensive line is as good as ever. "It is about who can keep their feet, they get on you and stay on you," he said. When asked about Iowa running back Adam Robinson, Bielema pointed to his power as something to watch out for. "I have seen two plays were big D-tackles break through the line of scrimmage and he just puts his hat on them and runs right through them," Bielema said.

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