Badgers in the NFL: Bills’ Kraig Urbik makes UW proud in week 16


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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.

Badgers in the NFL for week 16 was all about the offensive line. The Buffalo Bills’ Kraig Urbik was truly special in a dominating win over the Miami Dolphins. [Read more...]

Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: brutally honest preview


Matt Flynn vs. Cowboys

In a stunning turn of events, the beat-up and battered Green Bay Packers somehow control their own destiny in the NFC Playoff picture.

To keep that destiny alive and set-up a possible de facto week 17 playoff game with the Chicago Bears, the Packers have to get through the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field.

Will back-up quarterback Matt Flynn and the Packers have enough in the tank to make a magical run or will the Steelers cause the season to come to a screeching halt? [Read more...]

Wisconsin Badgers Melvin Gordon will return in 2014


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Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon has decided to pass on the upcoming NFL Draft and return for his junior season.

Gordon is one of the most dynamic players in all of college football which makes him a hot candidate for the 2013 Heisman, the award given out to the nation’s best player.

“After talking it over with my family and my coaches, I have decided to come back next year,” Gordon said. “I love the University of Wisconsin and feel that there is still a lot of room for growth. Academically, another year in school will help me get closer to completing my degree and on the field I hope to help my team get back the Big Ten championship.”

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Badgers in the NFL: Cowboys Travis Frederick overlooked in week 15


Travis Frederick Shaves With 105.3 The Fan

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.

The talk of the nation was the Dallas Cowboys collapse to the Green Bay Packers, but an overlooked storyline was the play of rookie center Travis Frederick and how he stood out among the Badgers in the NFL.

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Badgers in the NFL: Texans can’t win, but J.J. Watt can


J.J. Watt vs. Jaguars

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.

It’s possible that the weekly Badgers in the NFL should be changed to J.J. Watt’s weekly showcase. That’s how dominant the Houston Texans’ defensive lineman has been despite his team’s NFL-worst 2-11 record.

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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.”

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#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.

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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.

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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.

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#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.

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