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LSU huge test for McEvoy, Badgers in Kickoff Classic

The Wisconsin Badgers will rely heavily on Melvin Gordon III, again, to shoulder the bulk of the running game.
The Wisconsin Badgers will rely heavily on Melvin Gordon III, again, to shoulder the bulk of the running game.
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Quarterback controversies are nothing new to the game of football.

Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen likes what he see so far from his Badgers. The season kicks off in Houston on Saturday at 8 p.m. against LSU.
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But it has been a while since there has been one at the University of Wisconsin.

The fight for the reins of the leadership role for the Badgers has been a heated one.

The steady (but twice injured) Joel Stave versus the better pure passer in Tanner McEvoy.

Head Coach Gary Andersen has tabbed McEvoy to kick things off against LSU (No. 13).

The Badgers (No. 14) are in Houston for the Annual Kickoff Classic, which is the official start of the college football season which will feature the long anticipated Playoff Series to determine the National Champion.

Say goodbye, at last, to the BCS.

The choice of McEvoy is intriguing in that it signals a paradigm shift, of sorts, for the Wisconsin offense.

Don't push any panic button.

The running game is as prevalent as ever thanks to the return of Melvin Gordon III and Corey Clement picking up where James White left off.

White leaves some pretty big cleats to fill, but Clement came on strong as the third back last season and is ready to move up the depth chart.

Gone from the 'O' is returnman/receiver Jared Abbrederis and the 'D' will surely miss LB Chris Borland.

Andersen has reached his comfort zone at the helm and will build on a very solid 2013 season.

The Badgers, barring something unforeseen, should capture the West Division crown and a chance at another Big 10 title.

An added bonus to the hype of this game is the tailgate party being thrown by former Badger and current Houston Texan J.J. Watt.

The onetime Defensive Player of The Year will raise money for his foundation with the event.

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