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Badgers hope to overturn turnovers

Turnovers have been a problem for the Wisconsin football team the past couple of years.

And the Badgers hope to reverse that trend Saturday, when they open their season against Northern Illinois at Camp Randall Stadium.

Last year, Wisconsin had eight more give-aways than take-aways.

In the last three seasons, the Badger offense has averaged 25 turnovers per year while the defense has averaged just 19 take-aways.

Coach Bret Bielema says it's been a major point of emphasis at the Badgers' pre-season camp.

They lost 19 fumbles last year, the most since 1988. But the quarterbacks only threw 11 interceptions, the same as in 2007.

The Badgers went 7-6 last year, while Northern Illinois went 6-7.

The last time Wisconsin played the Huskies was in 2007, when they crushed NIU 44-3.