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Bielema said Taylor looked like he was more confident in his second game back.

“Mike basically made the comment (to the trainer) that he felt good during the game,” Bielema said. “I think that was a big game for him to get through mentally.”

Even without Borland, Wisconsin has a deep linebacking group that includes seniors Blake Sorensen and Culmer St. Jean, junior Kevin Claxton and freshmen Ethan Armstrong and A.J. Fenton. After Borland went out early against Arizona State, Bielema was impressed with the resolve of the defense.

“I expect Blake Sorensen, I expect Culmer, I expect Claxton, I expect whoever it is to step up,” Bielema said. “And they’ll do it.”