August 21, 2014

Badgers 14th in AP Pre-season poll

The Associated Press unveiled its preseason Top 25 College Football poll and the Wisconsin Badgers are ranked 14th going into their August 30th opener against L.S.U. in Houston.

Three other Big Ten teams are in the Top 25 as well.  Ohio State is ranked 5th, Michigan State is 8th and Nebraska comes in at number-22.

Florida State starts the year ranked #1, followed by Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma and Ohio State in the top five.  The second five has Auburn at number-6, followed by UCLA, Michigan State, South Carolina and Baylor at number-10.


Nuttycombe to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Ed Nuttycombe

Ed Nuttycombe

Longtime Wisconsin men’s track and field head coach EdNuttycombe will be inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Coaches Hall of Fame.

Nuttycombe will be honored with five others during 2014 USTFCCCA Hall of Fame ceremonies on Dec. 15 in Phoenix.

Ed Nuttycombe joins his father, Charles, in the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame, as Charles was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 after coaching at Newport News and Menchville High Schools in Virginia from 1956-90.  Charles Nuttycombe led his teams to seven indoor track & field state championships and seven outdoor track & field state championships.  Charles coached Wisconsin legend Al Toon in high school before Ed coached him at Wisconsin.

Ed Nuttycombe served as the head men’s track and field coach at UW for 30 years before retiring last year.  He led the Badgers to 26 Big Ten track and field titles, 13 indoors and 13 outdoors.

From 1994-2008, the Badgers dominated the Big Ten, winning 34 of a possible 41 conference titles across cross-country, indoor and outdoor track.  On 10 occasions, Wisconsin swept the cross-country and indoor and outdoor track titles in the same season to earn the Big Ten “Triple Crown.”

Badgers 14th in Coaches Preseason poll

The Wisconsin Badgers will start the college football season as the 14th ranked team in the USA Today Top 25 College Football preseason poll.

Gary Andersen’s Badgers will open the season August 30th against L.S.U. in Houston.

Joining the Badgers in the “Coaches” Top 25 from the Big Ten Conference are Ohio State at #6, Michigan State at #8 and Nebraska at #22.

Florida State is number-1 in the preseason rankings, followed in the top 5 by Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon and Auburn.

Gordon, Havenstein named Players to Watch

Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon

The Big Ten’s preseason football meetings are underway in Chicago today.

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is on hand for the next two days with junior tailback Melvin Gordon, senior offensive tackle Rob Havenstein and senior defensive lineman Warren Herring.

The Badgers have already been picked by a panel of Big Ten Conference sportswriters to win the new West Division in 2014, edging out Iowa.

Today, Gordon and Havenstein earned preseason recognition from the Big Ten Conference, both selected to the Players to Watch list for the league’s West Division.

The Badgers are among 10 tabbed to the Players to Watch list, which includes five honorees each from the East and West Divisions.

Gordon enters the season as the nation’s second-leading returning rusher behind fellow West Division Player to Watch Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska.  Abdullah rushed for 1,690 yards last season, while Gordon piled up 1,609 yards.

Havenstein heads into his senior season as the Badgers’ most experienced player with 40 career games to his credit and he has made 27 consecutive starts at right tackle.


Badgers picked to win Big Ten’s West Division

Ohio State has been picked to win the 2014 Big Ten football championship.  That according to a vote of 29 Big Ten Conference sportswriters who participated in a poll compiled by and the Plain Dealer.

The Wisconsin Badgers were picked to win the West Division title, edging Iowa.

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon finished second in he voting for the Offensive Player of the Year award, behind Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller.

Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year by the panel of sportswriters.