Last Friday, the analysts were still very wary of a Wisconsin team slowly recapturing its form.
This week, it seems as though the Badgers have found some confidence, some big plays and some believers. After a dominant performance against a Purdue team that was supposed to win on speed, defense and emotion, Bret Bielema looks to keep the momentum as Minnesota visits Camp Randall.
The Gophers were the surprise of the conference when they rolled through their non-conference slate without a blemish on the record. Minnesota fans lost that loving feeling as the Gophers remain winless in the conference.
Wisconsin, on the other hand, may be peaking at a dangerous time for Jerry Kill. Montee Ball looks like a man possessed while the Badger defense looks like a focused unit determined to cause havoc at the line of scrimmage.
If the Badgers want to play lumberjack for the week though, they will have to run effectively, make the Gophers hesitate and cover their kicks.