Notebook: All eyes on Indiana

Badger football team focused on upcoming opponent; program receives kudos

MADISON — The University of Wisconsin football team is not living in the past, even if the past was just a few days ago.

"Personally I've already moved on," junior captain Mark Zalewski said Monday. "[Sunday] I already watched some Indiana film. After the season you can look back and really savor things like that but there's no time for it right now."

The Badgers had to put to rest Saturday night's exhilarating 23-20 last-minute come-from-behind victory over Michigan, UW's first defeat of that program since 1994. This week, however, along comes an undefeated Indiana (3-0) team that the Badgers (4-0) have not won a game against since 2000.

Like the Wolverines, the Hoosiers were not on the schedule in 2003 and 2004. Four years ago in Camp Randall, IU embarrassed the Badgers 63-32. In '02 in Bloomington, Ind., the Hoosiers overcame a 29-10 third-quarter deficit for a 32-29 victory.

"Last I remember, I think the team said they lost the last two games against them," junior tailback Brian Calhoun said. "We can't take this team lightly at all. Obviously we came off the big win against Michigan but we've still got to prepare hard today."

Monday, UW coach Barry Alvarez said that when the team met that afternoon, they would put the Michigan game "to rest very quickly compared to what we've done the last few weeks with our teams. We're going to jump into Indiana sooner than we normally would."

"We went over the tape and we got over the mistakes real quickly," Calhoun said Tuesday. "We wanted to focus on Indiana because they're a dangerous team."

"After today's practice I think everybody's pretty focused," Calhoun said. "That was a big win for us but things move on and we've got to prepare this week for Indiana."

The Hoosiers, coming off a big win over Kentucky two weeks ago, have had an extra week to prepare for their Big Ten opener. Indiana enters this game with the Big Ten's top ranked pass defense (135.7 yards allowed per game) and No. 4 passing offense (239.3).

"They get it. We've got smart guys," co-offensive coordinator Brian White said. "They're not foolish. If they don't, you end up paying the price. Based on what I saw in practice today they get it."

UW set a goal before the season of making the Michigan game a big game. Beating the Wolverines then established this week's contest as a matchup of undefeated teams.

"One thing [Alvarez] continues to mention is that we need to deal with success too, be able to handle it," junior tailback Booker Stanley said. "Because sometimes we relax coming off a big win. We're playing a team like Indiana, it's still another big game because we put ourselves in a situation to make it a big game."

Football draws kudos

Wisconsin has been named the No. 43 greatest football program of all time by Street & Smith's Specialty Publications. The Street & Smith top 50 football programs listing will appear in a publication due out Oct. 4. Also on that list are Notre Dame at No. 1, Michigan at No. 6, Ohio State at No. 8, Penn State at No. 12, Minnesota (15), Michigan State (24), Iowa (36) and Illinois (37).

The ranking is based on several criteria including national championships, undefeated seasons, major bowl wins and appearances, conference championships, all-time winning percentage, graduation rate, All-Americans, Heisman Trophy winners, No. 1 draft picks, NCAA infractions and mascot ferocity.

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