Big Ten basketball postseason projections 1-6-14

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Note: projections will not include my predictions for the Big Ten basketball tournament, nor any March Madness predictions.

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Wisconsin’s road to the Big Ten Championship runs through Bloomington

When the season began, neither the Wisconsin Badgers nor the Indiana Hoosiers could have told you that they would be playing for a birth in the Big Ten Championship at Memorial Stadium in the beginning of November.

But in a twisted and odd season of Big Ten season, that’s exactly the situation at hand.

With a win, the Badgers (6-3, 3-2) will lock up the spot, but a loss will give the Hoosiers (4-5, 2-3) an inside edge at what has become the Rose Bowl sweepstakes. [Read more…]

Taking a look at the Wisconsin Badgers past opponents this season

 

In order to determine where you’re at, sometimes you have to examine where you’ve been. It’s no different for the 2012 Wisconsin Badgers football team.

With the Badgers on a bye this past weekend, it’s only appropriate to check in with all the opponents they have played so far this season. [Read more…]

Wisconsin Badgers loss stings but not a season-ender

A shot at the National Championship Game is off the table, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the Wisconsin Badgers season is over.

Yes, they were outplayed in every facet of the game in a 10-7 loss to the Oregon State Beavers.

Bad play on the road is nothing new for the Badgers. Even Russell Wilson couldn’t save them from going 2-2 in true road games last season, including a game where they struggled to beat an Illinois team clearly not on the same level as them.

It might sound counter-intuitive, but there’s still a lot to like about this Badgers team. [Read more…]

#13 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Oregon State: Brutally Honest Preview

After narrowly escaping an upset bid from FCS-level Northern Iowa, the #13 Wisconsin Badgers are west-coast bound where they will meet the Pac-12’s Oregon State Beavers. This will be the Badgers (1-0) first ever trip to Corvallis to take on a Beavers (0-0) squad making their season debut.

The Badgers took care of business against Oregon State last season, a 35-0 thumping at Camp Randall.

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Northern Iowa vs. #12 Wisconsin Badgers: Brutally Honest Preview

For the seventh consecutive season, the Wisconsin Badgers will play a team from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) or otherwise known as your “cupcakes” of the college football world.

Even if the Northern Iowa Panthers are coming off a 10-3 season, it shouldn’t matter much to the Badgers who have obliterated FCS foes by an average of roughly 31 points per game.

What is unique about this game is the fact that the Panthers are visiting Camp Randall for the Badgers season opener and not the third or fourth game like teams from the FCS have commonly done in years before.

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#14 Wisconsin Badgers: College Football 77 in 77

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With perennial Big Ten powers Ohio State and Penn State suffering through controversy and Michigan taking a step back for a couple of years, the Wisconsin Badgers have cemented their status among the league’s elite.  Bret Bielema has transitioned from the Barry Alvarez Era without missing a beat.  Another transfer quarterback steps under center in Madison, but it will be their always dangerous ground game that could have UW smelling roses for a third straight season.

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Wisconsin unveils new uniforms for match-up with Nebraska (photos)

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Adidas and the University of Wisconsin today unveiled new TECHFIT football uniforms that the Badgers will wear on Sept. 29 when they visit the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

This marquee contest is adidas’ first Unrivaled Game, an annual matchup of top adidas programs.  This year’s Unrivaled Game featuring the Badgers and Cornhuskers is themed “The Quick and the Red” and will kickoff at 7pm CT on ABC.

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2012 Big Ten Power Rankings: post media day edition

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These are highly subject to change. Brady Hoke remarked at Media Day that UM was picked fifth in their division a year ago; and just outside the top 25 in the year they won their last national title- 1997.

So maybe these rankings don’t really mean all that much? Of course, that won’t stop you from reading them and commenting, right?

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Wisconsin Badgers comment on Penn State sanctions

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It’s the topic everyone wants to talk about today, and for good reason- Penn State. The sanctions handed down by the NCAA and the Big Ten will dominate sports media today, and the talk of the league media days later this week. Now only four teams within the Leaders division are eligible for the league title game: Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

Therefore, all four benefited from the ruling that made PSU in eligible. Of course, you won’t hear the Badgers say that of course. Here’s what the athletic department did have to say:

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Badgers continue NFL Assembly Line; 6 more Wisconsin players drafted

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“It speaks volumes. Last year we put more players in the NFL than anyone in college football,” Wisconsin Head Coach Bret Bielema said following the Badgers spring game.

“I thought it was pretty cool this year we had six players through six rounds. Our kids are excited for it, it’s definitely a great pat on the back for our program, I believe we’ll probably have another at least six sign as free agents, so we’ll probably have 12-14 more guys go to the NFL,” he continued.

That’s right Wisconsin had 6 guys taken through six rounds of the NFL Draft on Saturday. One in each round. If only they had a seventh in the seven round- it would have been a perfect seven for seven.

Still 6 for 6 is almost unheard of.

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Wisconsin Gets New Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada from Northern Illinois

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You could make a case that Wisconsin had the greatest running back and quarterback tandem in college football history. Quarterback Russell Wilson broke the season passer rating record, and tailback Montee Ball tied the season record for touchdowns. The Badgers were the first team to ever have a player run for 30 TDs, and another player pass for 30 TDs.

Production like that will no doubt attract attention for the offensive coordinator, and Paul Chryst parlayed the astronomical numbers he generated into a new head coaching gig at Pittsburgh.

Today, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema named Matt Canada his replacement.

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