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Bielema wants sole focus of team on upcoming game with Minnesota

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(AP)-  Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema wants his Badgers to be focused only on the upcoming matchup with Minnesota this week.

But the border rivalry has some added spice ever since Tim Brewster took the head coaching job with the Gophers and immediately put beating Wisconsin (4-0) as one of his top priorities.

So far, Minnesota (3-1) hasn't been able to reclaim Paul Bunyan's Axe in Brewster's tenure.

Despite the two programs' fierce recruiting battles over players like Adam Weber, David Gilreath and Kim Royston, Bielema says the side plots take away from the improving programs.

Bielema says any other story this week isn't one that's good for college football.

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