The national buzz created by the University of Wisconsin’s victory over LSU has yet to cease, and the Badgers’ brutal start to Big Ten play looks much more manageable than before Saturday’s victory over the Tigers.
But what about the two games in between?
UW will play its first home game of the season Saturday against Akron, followed by one more non-conference game against Georgia State before a big showdown with Michigan State appears on the schedule.
The Badgers are trying their best to carry momentum from the weekend over into a pair of games that most will expect them to win easily.
“These next two weeks are very important,” UW running back Corey Clement said. "I’m not saying these aren’t big games, but when you talk about Michigan, Michigan State and all these other great opponents who are in the Big Ten, you want to go into those games with as much momentum as possible.
"Akron’s a great team. You still have to take into respect that those guys are still trying to come into your house and trying to get a win on your field, so we can’t let that happen."
Some Badgers players compared the win over LSU to a championship-level game. The atmosphere at Lambeau Field and UW’s first win over a top-five opponent since 2010 made Saturday’s victory all the more special.
It was just Week 1, though, and the Badgers still have an entire season ahead of themselves.
"My message is going to be, don’t be satisfied,” UW quarterback Bart Houston said. "It was a big win, but usually those big wins come at the end of the season and the season’s over. We got one in the first week and we’ve just got to keep going, keep striving, never be satisfied. We can always be better."
UW has an opportunity to accomplish goals most didn’t think were possible before Saturday’s win over LSU.
It starts with Akron on Saturday, though, and the Badgers aren’t looking past that.
“I think (the LSU win) kind of reaffirms what we thought all summer and all spring and all fall camp, that we’re a good team,” UW inside linebacker Jack Cichy said. "We had a great Week 1, and now it’s Week 2. We can’t overlook Week 2, and Week 2’s going to give us a springboard for Week 3, and so on and so forth.
"Every game’s a big game. I think we just have to approach this week with the same energy.”
LSU suspends lineman
LSU has suspended offensive lineman Josh Boutte for his late hit on UW safety D’Cota Dixon during the Badgers’ 16-14 win over the Tigers on Saturday.
Boutte will miss LSU’s home opener against Jacksonville State on Saturday. He nailed Dixon while the defensive back was celebrating an interception that sealed a win for UW with 57 seconds left.
Tigers coach Les Miles said after the game that he didn’t see the play live but thought Boutte may not have known Dixon had gone to the ground earlier.
“Josh made a mistake and will serve a one-game suspension because of it,” Miles said in a statement Monday. “Even though this was done by mistake, a play like this does not belong in the game of football and therefore action must be taken. The play does not define Josh as a person and is not indicative of the type of player he is. We sincerely apologize for his mistake."
When UW coach Paul Chryst was asked about the suspension Monday, he only responded to the way his players reacted.
“I saw the play,” Chryst said. "The one thing I really think about all that, I was really proud of the way our players responded. I thought that was big time. I’m appreciative of that. That’s usually something that, it’s so spontaneous. Really proud of how our kids reacted to it.”
Rosowski listed as starting punter
P.J. Rosowski is now listed as the starting punter on the Badgers’ depth chart.
Rosowski surprisingly handled punts against LSU after true freshman Anthony Lotti was named the starter at that position last week.
Chryst said after the game that the plan all along was to start Rosowski over Lotti. Rosowski, who averaged 40.8 yards on four punts, said he did not find out until Thursday that he would start against the Tigers.
UW kicker Rafael Gaglianone won the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award after making a game-winning, 47-yard field goal with 3:47 remaining in the Badgers’ 16-14 win over LSU on Saturday.
Gaglianone made all three of his field-goal attempts and also converted from 30 and 48 yards against the Tigers.
“I’m very happy with how he performed and proud of all that he’s done,” Chryst said. "He’s been consistent for us. He had a really good camp and I think that we have confidence in him. … I thought he was big, and we’re going to need him to be that all year."
From the infirmary
UW left guard Micah Kapoi (left foot) and inside linebacker T.J. Edwards (left foot) are listed as questionable for the Badgers’ game against Akron this week.
Edwards missed all of fall camp after fracturing a bone in his foot. Kapoi left in the first half against LSU and was replaced by redshirt freshman Jon Dietzen.
Inside linebacker Chris Orr has been ruled out for the season after suffering a right knee injury on UW’s first defensive snap against the Tigers.