A picture is supposed to be worth a 1,000 words so consider the above from Steve Wetzel a lengthy intro to today's links.
The big news Monday was the announcement of the All-Big Ten teams. Not surprisingly UW was well represented with 18 players being named 1st team, 2nd team, or honorable mention All-Big Ten, including 6 offensive linemen. James White was named the freshman of the year and Gabe Carimi the offensive lineman of the year -- you can read more about those two here.
Adam Rittenberg shares his takes on the awards, writing that for once the coaches and the media got the picks right. He also notes that Terrelle Pryor didn't make the 1st or 2nd team despite being the preseason offensive POY for the 2nd straight year.
In what's become a common theme this year after playing the Badgers, Northwestern coaches and fans are trying to figure out what the hell hit them Saturday. North by Northwestern shares three takeaways (that's appropriate given the Wildcats' seven turnovers) from the game and grades NU's performance (they're not good) while coach Pat Fitzgerald sees the game as an abberation.
If the Badgers end up playing TCU in the Rose Bowl, don't expect there to be a lot of Horned Frogs fans in attendance. TCU actually has fewer students than UW-Whitewater.
Badger fans are still enjoying a successful football season. Dave Radcliff at Balls, Brats, and Beer shares his thoughts on UW's win over Northwestern and the Badgers' bowl prospects while Wisconsin Sports Tap discusses just how good the Badgers have been this year.
Mark Dantonio is understandbly upset by Michigan State likely being left out of the BCS and is stating his case for why MSU should be a BCS game over UW and OSU. Hey Mark, if your team made the trip to Iowa City you wouldn't be in this situation.
The ACC/Big Ten challenge kicked off Monday night with Minnesota losing at home to Virginia (thanks Gophers). The experts at ESPN.com and Fanhouse share their challenge predictions. They don't have much confidence in the Big Ten but unanimously pick UW to beat NC State.
The UW Athletic Department posted its latest edition of the week in Badger Athletics to YouTube. Here it is.