Meanwhile, the return game will be something to watch this weekend. I've been on Bielema's case for two years now about getting Gilreath off punt return duties and it didn't happen until he was taken off the field in an ambulance. Redshirt freshman Jared Abbrederis has taken over those duties and done a great job, but he muff two punts last week and was replaced by Aaron Henry who also did a nice job. According to Monday's depth chart, Gilreath will not be involved in the return game this week, but Bielema said they wouldn't make a decision until game time Saturday. So this question not only applies to this week, but also for the rest of the season: Will Bielema put Gilreath back out there on returns or will he limit his duties to just the offense? At this point, only one of those options makes any sense whatsoever, but the UW head coach has been stubborn on this one for a long time.
Wisconsin 31, Michigan State 30. I fully expect this game to come down to a field goal at the horn again. I don't think Michigan State will be able to stop Wisconsin's offense, but unfortunately for the Badgers, they have stopped their own offense plenty of times this season. If they want to win, they have to convert in the red zone and Tolzien cannot turn the ball over. Wisconsin's defense continues to worry me though. There have been a lot of missed tackles and MSU's balanced offense could be a problem. This game comes down to one thing for me: Which team will be able to stop the run? I think the Badgers have a better chance to do that. As long as they limit their own mistakes (ahem, including coaching mistakes), Wisconsin will return home with a win.