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Pressley, Casillas a go for Badgers on Saturday

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University of Wisconsin Head Football Coach Bret Bielema says there's a chance fullback Chris Pressley and linebacker Jonathan Casillas will play against Akron on Saturday in Madison.

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Pressley has made appeals to the coaches to play against the Zips, even though he had recent surgery for a broken right thumb.

Bielema says he'll talk to the doctors and make sure there's not a chance for an open exposure that wouldn't be healed in time.

Casillas sprained a knee a couple weeks ago and was also ruled out at first for the Akron game, but now, Bielema says it will be a game-time decision.

If Casillas doesn't play, sophomore Blake Sorenson could get the start at weak-side linebacker.

If Pressley doesn't play, fifth-year senior Bill Rentmeester will fill in.

The only two Badgers out at this point are sophomore corner Aaron Henry, who's recovering from a torn ACL knee ligament and linebacker Kevin Rouse, who may be out for the year after having shoulder surgery last week.

Looking for upset

The Las Vegas odds-makers say Wisconsin is a 27-point favorite over Akron.

Zips' coach J.D. Brookhart says he knows what his team is in for, but they still plan to create as many opportunities as possible to try and pull off an upset.

They might have it in them.

Last year, Akron was down by just one point at halftime at Ohio State, before losing 20-2.

Quarterback Chris Jacquemain returns after throwing 10 interceptions last year, along with 11 touchdown passes.

They've gone 9-15 since winning the Mid-American Conference title in 2005 and they're picked to finish last this year in their seven-team East Division.

The 13th-ranked Badgers have won 10 straight season-openers, tied with USC for fourth-longest string in the country and the Badgers have won all but one of their last 26 games in Madison.

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