Just one week from now, college football will return to Madison for the first time in nine months. The level of excitement in Madtown is picking up considerable momentum as the Fresno State opener is upon us.
Nowhere is the excitement greater than the O'Connor Center, where the players and coaches will practice from 10:30-noon this morning, then pack up the bus and leave for good.
Yesterday was "move-in day" in Madison, and the players will be able to check into their new apartments and continue preparations for next Friday.
Tomorrow, the Badgers will go through a "mock game" at Camp Randall Stadium. The scout team will play the role of Fresno State, the clock will be rolling and field position will be accounted for. The annual event helps iron out any potential problems from getting plays in, to substitutions and getting special teams units on the field in time, to making adjustments on the fly.
The Badgers' standard game preparation week will begin Sunday, one day earlier than a typical week during the season.
The mock game will be closed to the media, as was yesterday's practice and Friday's practice. No practices will be open for the media until pre-bowl practices in early December.
Dan Buenning did return to practice Thursday afernoon, a great piece of news for the Badgers, as he will inherit his starting left guard position for the Bulldogs game. Kalvin Barrett is now prepared as the No. 1 guard substitution at either spot.
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