Thursday, October 9, 2003

Badgers prepare for upset of OSU

Campus police beef up game security

The Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. - A rare Saturday night football game at Camp Randall Stadium against defending national champion Ohio State has campus police taking extra security precautions.

But officials say Wisconsin fans are no strangers to big wins after cheering the Badgers to Big Ten titles, three Rose Bowl victories and other bowl appearances under coach Barry Alvarez.

"We think we have a very good tradition here at Wisconsin, and that tradition is that we celebrate appropriately and responsibly," University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Police Chief Dale Burke said.

"We want people to have fun but be respectful of others."

If the No. 23 Badgers (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) end the 19-game winning streak of the third-ranked Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0), officials want fans to stay in the stands and not go onto the field.

In October 1993, 69 people were injured when fans tried to rush the Camp Randall field after the Badgers upset Michigan.

The stampede forced the university to redesign the student section, add a fence and railings and make other changes.

For Saturday's game, the number of police officers inside the stadium will be increased by about one-fourth, Burke said.

MICHIGAN: The Wolverines can scratch New Orleans off their list of travel plans for January.

Pasadena anyone?

"There is still a chance for the Big Ten and hopefully to go to the Rose Bowl," linebacker Carl Diggs said. "We can't let up now."

Yes, the Wolverines (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) have accepted the fact that their hopes of playing for the national title at the Sugar Bowl are gone. Their loss to Iowa last Saturday took care of that.

Now they face the tough task of trying to win a share of the Big Ten title to have a shot at the Rose Bowl. Even if the 20th-ranked Wolverines beat teams currently undefeated in the conference - Minnesota, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue - they'll need Wisconsin to lose at least once, because the Badgers don't play Michigan this season.

Michigan will start that quest Friday against No. 17 Minnesota (6-0, 2-0) in the very unfriendly Metrodome. The game was moved to tonight to accommodate the Major League Baseball playoffs.

TEXAS: Given the chance to get rich in the NFL, Roy Williams chose college over cash. Texas' senior wide receiver stayed in school because he wanted to win a national championship.

Beating top-ranked Oklahoma (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) - a team that has all but shut down Williams the last three years - would be a huge step toward making that decision pay off.

"Treat this like a national championship," Williams told his teammates this week. "Because that's what it is.

"We lose (Saturday), it's either Cotton Bowl or Holiday Bowl," he said, knowing that the Sugar Bowl, the site of this year's BCS title game, would be out of reach.

TCU: Tye Gunn will return as TCU's starting quarterback when the No. 18 Horned Frogs play Friday night at South Florida.

Gunn, a sophomore who is 6-0 as a starter, missed the last three starts for the Frogs (5-0, 2-0 Conference USA) after separating his right (throwing) shoulder in practice Sept. 9. He completed six of 10 passes for 103 yards while playing four series in a 27-0 win over Army.

TROY STATE: The school indefinitely suspended sophomore tailback Marrio Fraser on Wednesday for misconduct relating to the shooting of a teammate.

Freshman linebacker Cedric Brooks was treated at a local hospital and released after he was shot in the shoulder at about 3 a.m. Sunday, according to police.

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