Wisconsin hasn’t had eye-popping success against FCS teams, beating The Citadel 45-31 in 2007 after being tied at 21 at halftime and needing a missed extra point to escape Cal Poly’s upset bid in a 36-35 win in 2008.
“Jacksonville State, I believe, is in the same conference as Austin Peay, and they took care of Mississippi. So there are things that are very real about this,” Bielema said. “It’s still 11 on 11 and it’s playing football. I know our guys can see on film that they play very, very hard.”
Wisconsin remains undefeated, but in the past two weeks, teams have jumped over the Badgers in the rankings, keeping them just outside the Top 10. Bielema said he has no plans to run up the score to impress voters and that while he watches the polls, he won’t chase the rankings.
“I think then you’re playing outside of the game,” he said. “I understand it if that costs us.”