The University of Wisconsin football team's Monday practice will include about a 25-play scrimmage, head coach Bret Bielema said on Sunday. There will also be segments of the No. 1 offense going against the No. 1 defense.
While Bielema said he was happy with the tempo of Sunday's lighter practice in helmets and shoulder pads, the better test will come during the Monday practice in full pads.
"I was actually really excited the way they flew around," Bielema said of Sunday's workout. "Great tempo. They were clean with the football. It was kind of a modified practice. (Monday) we'll know a lot. We'll probably mix it up, get scrimmages in and get good on good."
The first two days here in Los Angeles are almost bonus days. A typical game week preparation starts on Tuesday. Both Bielema and TCU coach Gary Patterson don't want to push their teams too hard at the start of the week. Patterson thought that was a problem in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Boise State last season.
The Horned Frogs were off on Friday before departing Fort Worth, Texas. They went through about a 50-minute practice on Saturday and had another workout on Sunday before taking Monday off.
Both coaches are attempting to make this as much like a normal practice week as possible and teams either take off on Sundays or Mondays.
"We have two days before an actual game week," UW senior middle linebacker Culmer St. Jean said. "We're still going to get work in, but those are days we enjoy. After those two days, everyone is going to buckle down. We're still going to enjoy the sights and going out to eat and enjoy each other's company, but I think we're going to focus on winning this game."