NFL Draft Combine Stock Report: More Losers

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Bad news surrounds everything NFL these days. It appears a deal will not be reached any time soon. But they extended the negotiating deadline another week. And there’s always a bull market somewhere. And good news for all you home-gamers is…the NFL Draft is right around the corner, and the combine just concluded.

We updated out second round mock a couple days ago. And a new update for both rounds will be here by Monday.

In the meantime, this is the first of two lightning rounds of winners and two more of losers from Indy.

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Wisconsin RB John Clay Entering the NFL Draft

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Back in the preseason, I published an article entitled “One more year then NFL for Wisconsin’s John Clay?”

Today, that became prophesy as a Milwaukee newspaper reports Clay will forgo his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. So what are his strengths and weaknesses? What does he bring to the NFL table?

Here we re-publish that article, based off my Big Ten Media Day exclusive with him, answering all those questions and more

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Rose Bowl Blunder; Badgers fall to Horned Frogs 21-19


It just wasn’t the Big Ten’s day as #5 Wisconsin topped off a humiliating 0-5 record in New Year’s Bowl Games for the conference in a 21-19 loss to the #3 TCU Horned Frogs in the 2011 Rose Bowl.

UW’s loss snapped a run of three consecutive Rose Bowl wins and brought their record to 3-4 in the game played annually in Pasadena, CA.

Give credit where it’s due as the Horned Frogs (13-0) proved they can play with the big boys. QB Andy Dalton was magnificent while accumulating 219 yards and a touchdown on an efficient 15-of-23 passing.

Meanwhile, the Badgers (11-2) came out strong in a record-setting first quarter, but couldn’t revive themselves from some costly penalties and suspect pass defense.

By: Nick Grays

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Northwestern vs. #7 Wisconsin: Brutally Honest Game Preview

Badgers Three-Headed Monster of Ball, Clay and White

Badgers Rose Bowl Hopes Still Alive


Who knew the Wisconsin Badgers only blemish would be a loss to Michigan State after back-to-back games with Big Ten powers Ohio State and Iowa? After an exhilarating win over Ohio State last Saturday, the Badgers came up huge with a come-from-behind 31-30 win over the Hawkeyes in Iowa City.

The barnburner at Kinnick Stadium had it all including the Heartland Trophy (a statue of a bull). More importantly, the Badgers kept their Rose Bowl hopes alive as they now sit tied for second in the Big Ten Standings behind only the Spartans who squeaked out a 35-27 win at Northwestern. In a quick turn of events, the Badgers will now become Hawkeye fans when Michigan State takes a trip to Iowa City next weekend.

By: Nick Grays

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Badgers’ Coach Bret Bielema Finally Notches The Big One

The fourth time is a charm as the Wisconsin Badgers and Head Coach Bret Bielema stunned the nation by knocking off the #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes by the score of 31-18 in front of an electric atmosphere at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI.

The Badgers were well prepared for the Buckeyes and dominated from the ensuing kick-off which saw David Gilreath run 97 yards for a touchdown and quick 7-0 lead.

Many critics believed Bielema was unable to take the Badgers to the next level because of his track-record in big games versus Big Ten opponents (5-8 vs. ranked Big Ten Teams and 0-3 vs. Ohio State). They can now look elsewhere because Bielema coached his Badgers to one of the biggest wins in school history.

By: Nick Grays

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#21 Michigan State-#9 Wisconsin: Brutally Honest Game Preview

#11 Wisconsin Finally Impresses in 70-3 Thrashing of Austin Peay

Madison, WI -The #11 Wisconsin Badgers improved to 4-0 with a 70-3 thrashing of the Austin Peay Governors in front of 77,224 at Camp Randall Stadium. Unlike in their three previous games, the Badgers impressed on all fronts this Saturday. To no one ‘s surprise, the Badgers’ running game was downright dominant while accumulating 346 yards. Freshman running back James White (pictured above) led the way with 145 yards on 11 carries (a whopping 13.2 yards per carry) and four touchdowns. The Badgers’ defense was also a force to be reckoned with. After giving up 125 yards to Arizona State’s running back Deantre Lewis last week, the rush defense locked down the Governor’s run game while limiting them to only 42 yards on the ground, including a stifling eight yards in the first half.

Wisconsin’s 70 points is a single game school record for the most points in the modern era dating back to 1946. The win also extends the Badgers’ regular-season non-conference winning streak to 28 consectutive games and marks the seventh consectutive season the Badgers enter Big Ten play undefeated.

By: Nick Grays

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#11 Badgers Take On Austin Peay in One Final Tune-Up

On Saturday, the Badgers welcome in the Governors of Austin Peay for one final tune-up before they hit the road for their Big Ten opener with the Michigan State Spartans. Through three games, the Badgers look great on paper at 3-0 with a #11 ranking in the polls. However,  the Badgers have struggled to impress in their wins over UNLV, San Jose St. and Arizona State, winning each game by an average  of only 11.3 points. Moreover, the team has been less than stellar on the defensive side of the ball and  to make matters worse, sophomore standout Chris Borland is out for the season after re-injuring his shoulder against ASU.

Maybe a game with a FCS opponent like Austin Peay is exactly what the Badgers need. This will be the fifth consecutive year that the Badgers face off with a FCS opponent, winning the last four by an average of 17.3 points.

By: Nick Grays

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Allen (Notre Dame), Clay (Wisconsin) and LeShoure (Illinois) named to Doak Walker List