High praise for Jerry Kill

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Barry Alvarez turned the Badger program around during his tenure, and he recently said that he believes Jerry Kill Will do the same in Minnesota.

In Alvarez's first season in Wisconsin, the Badgers went 1-10 followed by two 5-6 seasons before a breakout 10-1-1 season and a victory in the Rose Bowl. From time to time, Alvarez often finds himself still studying game film, and dissected the Gophers earlier in the year.

"I saw them play earlier in the year. They're better," Alvarez said. "That's how I judge how things are going: Do you consistently improve throughout the season? It's obvious the players know what's expected of them. I didn't see a lot of busts. I saw what I expected to see." Alvarez went on to say that the thing that impresses him the most about Kill is his plan and how he has found a way to win at each stop in his coaching career.

Kill and the Gophers are 2-8 overall, and 1-5 in conference play and will wrap up the season at Northwestern and at home with Illinois.