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Badgers refocus, move from disappointing season opener

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ARLINGTON, Texas (WKOW) -- There's not a lot the Badgers can take away from this game in Texas, as Wisconsin was simply big-timed by Alabama.
But what they are taking from this: the knowledge there isn't another team on the schedule close to the caliber of the Crimson Tide the rest of the way.

Wisconsin knew it would need it's best effort against Alabama to have a chance, but the Badgers came in far from 100%.
Tanner McEvoy and Troy Fumagalli both came in hobbled and neither caught a single pass, while Corey Clement was dealing with a groin injury from earlier in the week.

"I was playing with it throughout the first two quarters, "Clement said after their 35-17 loss,"but I really couldn't push it too much. I didn't want it to turn into anything worse."

Head coach Paul Chryst stated he was happy with how the guys battled, even while not having all their starters on the field.

"You want to play a very good team with all your guys, "Chryst said from the post-game presser, "and we weren't able to do that."

The defense was doomed on the first drive after losing Michael Caputo to a head injury.

"It's always big when you lose a captain, a senior leader like Mike," Badgers linebacker Joe Schobert explained, "His football intelligence is off the charts. His communication is great. I think guys like D'Cota [Dixon] stepped up. I hope we can get Mike back as fast as we can."

A lot to patch up on the defensive side, but on offense the Badgers can build on what it put up in the passing game.
Joel Stave threw for 228 yards and two scores and one interception.

"I thought Joel...I loved the way he competed," Chryst said of his redshirt senior quarterback, "and I thought he did some good things. I thought he was seeing the field well."

Stave also found positives in their loss.

"I thought we were able to do some good things in the passing game. I thought we were able to find a rhythm even though we stalled out in the third quarter but were able to find some good plays in the fourth quarter. I thought we played them hard, we played them all the way to the end. I think there's a lot to be learned from it and as long as we're learning from it, just moving forward, moving on to the next week I don't see any issues with it"

As frustrating as a loss like this may be for Wisconsin, the schedule plays in it's favor the rest of the way.
Of it's 11 remaining games on the schedule not one features an opponent currently ranked in the top 25.

The Badgers have their home-opener with the University of Miami (OH) on Saturday, September 12. 

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