Montee Ball says he shook off the offseason in Wisconsin's opener. That doesn't bode well for Oregon State.
A Heisman Trophy finalist last season, Ball ran for 120 yards and a touchdown in the No. 13 Badgers' 26-21 win over FCS-level Northern Iowa last Saturday.
In addition to the letup in the offseason, Ball had missed part of fall camp because of a concussion he sustained when he was attacked by several men near campus in the early morning hours of Aug. 1.
When the Beavers visited Camp Randall last season, Ball ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the Badgers' 35-0 shutout.
Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema was puzzled by comments that Ball had a slow start to this season.
Fresno St. readies for challenge in No. 4 Oregon
While Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr knows No. 4 Oregon is going to be fast, and Autzen Stadium is going to be loud, he got over any fear associated with big games last season.
The Bulldogs opened last season with Pac-12 foe California at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. They also faced No. 10 Nebraska and Mississippi last season. Carr, the younger brother of former Fresno state QB Derek Carr, was a first-time starter as a sophomore.
At the first snap he realized it's still football.
But that doesn't diminish the "extreme" challenge that Oregon poses Fresno State on Saturday in Eugene, as first-year Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter puts it. Oregon is favored to win by as many as five touchdowns.
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