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Wisconsin Football: Grading The Win Over Purdue
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After looking like the team to beat in the Big Ten following monumental wins over Ohio State and Iowa, Wisconsin looked nothing like a squad sitting in first place for the first 30 minutes of Saturday's game in West Lafayette.

They looked rusty, slow and unmotivated.

Well, whatever coach Bret Bielema said to his team at halftime, it worked. The Badgers turned a 10-6 halftime deficit into a 34-13 win and kept pace with Michigan State and Iowa atop the Big Ten standings (Ohio State had the weekend off).

Yes, any road win in the Big Ten is a good win, but Wisconsin can't afford any more first-half performances like the one they had Saturday. The final score may not indicate it, but this game was much closer than it should have been.

Here are my grades.

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