Dienhart: Bielema Embraces Rivalry
“I think our players just have so much respect for the Michigan State players and the way they compete,” said Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema. “They play at such a high level, but also the intensity that they bring obviously is second to none.”
Playing Michigan State twice helped fuel the competition between the schools. The Spartans won a scintillating regular-season matchup on a last-second pass, but the Badgers returned the favor with the victory in the league title game.
“I’ve never had that opportunity to play a rematch game within a conference like we did last year,” said Bielema. “So that just kind of, I think, built it that much more. And it’s really something that’s emerged really probably in my time there as the head coach, and it’s something that hopefully will continue to grow.”
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