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Saturday, November 20, 2010
Ball, Badgers power their way into lead

By Adam Rittenberg

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Wisconsin's offense is pretty simple: power runs and play-action passes.

Right now, Michigan can't stop either weapon.

After a good defensive stand on the game's opening possession, highlighted by a blitz from safety Jordan Kovacs, the Wolverines were no match for Wisconsin's powerful offensive line on a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive. Running back Montee Ball is continuing his meteoric rise from third-stringer to stud, pounding away at the Wolverines' defense. Wisconsin's depth at running back is ridiculous this season.

A bigger concern for Michigan: Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien is having no trouble hitting his receivers on intermediate routes. If the Wolverines' secondary doesn't start marking Nick Toon, David Gilreath and Lance Kendricks, it will be a very long day.

Wisconsin leads 7-0 late in the first quarter.