Another week, another self-imposed 48 hour hiatus from college football news. Well, things sure turned quickly. What seemed like a consolation prize, the Rose Bowl, a couple weeks ago would now be considered a successful finish.
Thankfully we have a top-15 basketball team with a preseason 1st team All-American point guard to take our minds off football, a little.
If you took a break from all Badger news the last couple days, the Red-White scrimmage was Sunday. Jim Polzin writes that Ben Brust, who scored a game-high 22 points, stole the show and Jeff Potrykus shares some observations on Jared Berggren, Bruiser, Rob Wilson, Ryan Evans, and Frank Kaminsky.
Jordan Taylor was named a 1st Team preseason All-American by the Associated Press. Jim Polzin writes that expectations for Taylor, who is the lone senior on the 1st team and joins Michael Finley as the only Badgers to be a 1st team preseason pick, are through the roof this season.
Andy Katz took a look at each Big Ten team's conference schedule. Here's what he had to say about the Badgers:
First eight: at Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan State, at Michigan, at Purdue, Nebraska, Northwestern, at Illinois
There are four road games in here, and none will be easy. The Badgers might have a hard time keeping pace with Ohio State early in the conference race. Nebraska will be up for its first Big Ten home game. Winning at Michigan, Purdue and Illinois will be quite a chore for this team. The Badgers run the risk of being two to three games behind Ohio State.
The middle six: Indiana, at Penn State, Ohio State, at Minnesota, at Michigan State, Penn State
Wisconsin doesn't get much of a break here, either. The Badgers will be looking at a three-game grouping of OSU, at Minnesota and at Michigan State. Keeping pace with OSU in the middle of the conference will be exceedingly difficult.
The final four: at Iowa, at Ohio State, Minnesota, Illinois
The Badgers might have to concede the Big Ten title by the time it gets to the road game at Ohio State -- unless the Buckeyes have slipped up. The final two games should give the Badgers the momentum needed to be strong going into the Big Ten tournament.
UW still has a decent shot at playing in the Big Ten title game. The ESPN Big Ten blog lays out the scenarios to get a division title for several Big Ten teams and Badger of Honor takes an in-depth look at UW's chances. The Badgers' most likely hope is to win out, Penn State loses to Nebraska or Ohio State, and Ohio State loses to Michigan.
Not ready to stop sulking? The Bucky Channel writes that the last two weeks have been a reality check for Wisconsin fans while Paul Fanlund at the Cap Times writes that the Badgers wasted Russell Wilson's year in Madison.
According to Dave Heller several writers and bloggers are still projecting UW to play in the Rose Bowl.