First time for Badgers, second time for Bielema

It may be the first time that Wisconsin and Marshall have met on the gridiron, but Badgers head coach Bret Bielema has anything but fond memories of the last time he saw the Thundering Herd. In 2003, Bielema was on the sideline for Kansas State as the WildcatâÄôs defensive coordinator. His team, ranked No. 6 in the nation at the time, met Marshall in Manhattan, where the Herd prevailed 27-20. âÄúWhen I was at Kansas State I really believe we were suffering from âÄòfat catâÄô syndrome,âÄù Bielema told With Wisconsin ranked No. 11 by both the Associated Press and USA Today , Marshall has the chance to pull off a similar upset at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. The Badgers should rely heavily once again on their ground game, as they picked up 404 yards rushing a week ago against Akron. And 210 of those yards came from junior running back P.J. Hill, who surpassed the 3,000 career yard mark and now ranks seventh on WisconsinâÄôs all-time rushing list. Though the Herd has plenty of motivation as far as an upset goes, the Badgers have a little motivation of their own. They have yet to lose at home under Bielema, a perfect 15-0. The 15-game run also ranks as the second-best active home win streak, trailing only OklahomaâÄôs 18. Game of the week: Oregon State at Penn State With the way Penn StateâÄôs and Oregon StateâÄôs season openers went, this doesnâÄôt seem to be much of a pick for game of the week. The Nittany Lions trampled Coastal Carolina ; the Beavers lost to Stanford. But a look at the rest of the Big TenâÄôs schedule explains a lot. Purdue and Northern Colorado; Ohio State and Ohio; Illinois and Eastern Illinois; Indiana and Murray State. So those looking for an exciting, or at least close, nonconference game for a Big Ten team should probably consider this matchup. Making it more enticing is the fact that Penn State head coach Joe Paterno is gunning for his 374th win, which would overtake Florida StateâÄôs Bobby Bowden for the most wins all-time by a major college coach. Paterno said he has seen some good things from Oregon State. âÄúThey lost people last year from their offensive and defensive line, but theyâÄôve got a really good secondary,âÄù Paterno said. âÄúOne of the better secondaryâÄôs IâÄôve looked at, particularly this early in the year.âÄù Plus, Paterno believes that, despite losing, the Beavers were the better team against Stanford. âÄúThey blew it,âÄù he said. âÄúThey just made a couple horrible mistakes and took themselves out of the football game.âÄù Oregon State racked up 504 yards on offense in its debut, but two interceptions and a late fumble cost them. Wells report Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel has confirmed that his star running back and Heisman Trophy hopeful Chris âÄúBeanieâÄù Wells will not play Saturday when the Buckeyes host Ohio. Taking his place will likely be a combination of three other tailbacks âÄî redshirt freshman Dan Herron, sophomore Brandon Seine, and senior Maurice Wells. Tressel sees promising things from all of them. âÄúI thought Mo Wells really had an impressive day Saturday, Dan Herron has been impressive ever since heâÄôs been here and Brandon Seine finally is back where heâÄôs 100 percent healthy,âÄù Tressel said. âÄúWeâÄôre not going to change [our offense] conceptually, just different people doing it.âÄù