Badgers in the NFL: Russell Wilson dazzles in primetime in week 13


Russell Wilson vs. Saints 2

With the recent rise of the Wisconsin college football program the Badgers in the NFL have had a similar uptick.

More and more guys are beginning to have a splash in the league and the guys over at Pro Football Focus (PFF) have an eagle eye on each one of them.  If you’re not familiar with PFF, you’re living in the stone age of modern football analysis. Here at The Sports Bank, we’re big supporters of what they do, so we’ve oriented our weekly check-up around what they’re saying about Badgers in the NFL.

This week’s Badgers in the NFL is dominated by Russell Wilson who has the 11-1 Seahawks primed for a playoff run. Watch out for the Broncos’ rookie Montee Ball who notched his first 100 yard game. [Read more...]

Penn State’s Bill O’Brien gets the best of the Wisconsin Badgers again


Christian Hackenberg, Bill O' Brien

For the second consecutive season, the Wisconsin Badgers were out-coached by Penn State’s Bill O’Brien.

O’Brien had the Badgers defense confused on numerous occasions in a 31-24 upset win at Camp Randall.

Wisconsin’s coach Gary Andersen summed it up by saying, “we were schemed up by a very good football coach.”

[Read more...]

#15 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Penn State: brutally honest preview


Mike Hull, James White

The Wisconsin Badgers have to be happy with where they’re at after beating previously-ranked #25 Minnesota and jumping four spots in the BCS Standings all the way up to #15.

With one game remaining against Penn State, the Badgers have pretty much assured themselves a spot in the top-14 if they win. This means that they could be asked to play in a BCS game if the all the chips fall right.

Not so fast though, Penn State knocked off the Badgers in an overtime thriller last year and it would make the program look a lot better if they could do it again. [Read more...]

Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions: Thanksgiving brutally honest preview


Aaron Rodgers movember

It feels like it’s been an eternity since the Green Bay Packers’ 22-9 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 5.

Interestingly enough, the Lions were without superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson back then and now the Packers are without their superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers in part two of the series.

Will the Packers look as lost as the Lions did without Calvin or will they finally rise to the challenge? Does anyone want to win the NFC North?

These are the questions that fans want answered on Thanksgiving 2013.

[Read more...]

Badgers in the NFL: Cleveland’s Joe Thomas highlights Week 12


Joe Thomas

With the recent rise of the Wisconsin college football program the Badgers in the NFL have had a similar uptick.

More and more guys are beginning to have a splash in the league and the guys over at Pro Football Focus (PFF) have an eagle eye on each one of them.  If you’re not familiar with PFF, you’re living in the stone age of modern football analysis. Here at The Sports Bank, we’re big supporters of what they do, so we’ve oriented our weekly check-up around what they’re saying about Badgers in the NFL.

In another installment of Badgers in the NFL; superstars Joe Thomas and J.J. Watt both made a splash in losing efforts in week 12.

[Read more...]

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings: brutally honest prediction part II


Green Bay Packers v New York Giants

The Green Bay Packers haven’t hit the panic button yet, but it could happen soon if they fall to the division-rival Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.

Starting this Sunday, Green Bay will embark on a stretch of two games against NFC North opponents in the span of five days.

Only a single game back of the Detroit Lions (who plays Green Bay on Thanksgiving) and Chicago Bears, the Packers are very much still in the hunt for another division title.

[Read more...]

#19 Wisconsin Badgers vs. #25 Minnesota: brutally honest preview


Axe Badgers 2012

If someone told you that the Wisconsin Badgers and Minnesota Gophers would face off with matching 8-2 records and both be ranked in the BCS Standings, you probably would have slapped them and told them to go back to the one of the 10,000 lakes that they may be from.

All joking aside, the #19 Badgers and #25 Gophers are two of the hottest teams in college football right now and the 2013 Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe has huge implications on the bowl outlook for the Big Ten.

[Read more...]

Frank the Tank goes streaking for the Wisconsin Badgers


Frank the Tank vs_edited-1

Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team unleashed their version of “Frank the Tank” at the Kohl Center on Tuesday Night.

Only this Frank the Tank doesn’t perform keg stands and go streaking through the Quad or at least we presume this to be the case.

The Badgers’ Frank the Tank, a.k.a. Frank Kaminsky, went off for a school-record 43 points on 16-of-19 shooting in a 103-85 win over North Dakota. [Read more...]

Badgers in the NFL: J.J. Watt overshadowed by losing Texans in Week 11


J.J. Watt Week 11

With the recent rise of the Wisconsin college football program the Badgers in the NFL have had a similar uptick.

More and more guys are beginning to have a splash in the league and the guys over at Pro Football Focus (PFF) have an eagle eye on each one of them.  If you’re not familiar with PFF, you’re living in the stone age of modern football analysis. Here at The Sports Bank, we’re big supporters of what they do, so we’ve oriented our weekly check-up around what they’re saying about Badgers in the NFL.

Many Badgers in the NFL made their presence known in Week 11, but it was J.J. Watt who continues to be straight dominant against opposing offensive lines. [Read more...]

BYU’s Kyle Van Noy: highly regarded NFL Draft prospect


kyle van Noy prospect

Not many BYU players shined in a 27-17 loss to Wisconsin, but one that did was senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

Kyle Van Noy could have easily left school last year and been a first or second round draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Instead, he returned and has played with his signature tenacity, keeping him atop draft boards for the upcoming draft.

[Read more...]

Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants: brutally honest preview


clay matthews club

Quarterback Scott Tolzien will make his first career start for the Green Bay Packers and linebacker Clay Matthews is set to lose the club on his right hand.

The Packers will need all the help they can get to avoid coming out flat when they travel to MetLife Stadium to play the New York Giants.

If Green Bay can’t limit the damage with Aaron Rodgers out, this will be the team’s only trip to MetLife this season (the site of this year’s Super Bowl).

[Read more...]

The numbers behind Indiana’s nightmare with the Wisconsin Badgers


James White vs. Indiana

With a 51-3 shellacking of the Indiana Hoosiers, the Wisconsin Badgers improved upon a nine-game winning streak that has been downright horrifying for the Hoosiers.

In those nine games, the Badgers have outscored the Hoosiers 467-136 and averaged 346.0 rushing yards per game.

Here are some more of those numbers that must have people involved with the Indiana football program never wanting to see the Badgers ever again. [Read more...]