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Strong start for IU; Badgers in trouble

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Indiana's run game needed a jump-start after a lackluster showing in the season opener, and the Hoosiers have gotten it from an unlikely source.

Wide receiver Mitchell Evans has four carries for 32 yards as the Hoosiers have jumped on Western Michigan 10-0. Senior tailback Bryan Payton also has contributed nicely. And perhaps the bigger story here is a Hoosiers defense that has held Tim Hiller and the Broncos to 12 total yards in the first quarter.

Wisconsin, meanwhile, looks to be in major trouble against Fresno State, trailing 14-0. A banged-up offensive line has struggled to generate push against the Bulldogs, and the rushing game is nonexistent. The defense still looks soft to me, particularly in the secondary, and Fresno State just hit a long touchdown pass to Devon Wylie. Fresno has had it way too easy on third down.

I like what I see from Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien, but if this team can't run the ball, it'll be a very long season.