September 1, 2014

Badgers kick off season tonight

The Wisconsin Badgers can make a major statement tonight when they open the college football season against LSU at NRG Stadium in

Melvin Gordon - Photo: David Stluka

Melvin Gordon – Photo: David Stluka

Houston tonight (8pm).

Redshirt junior Tanner McEvoy is set to make his first start at quarterback for the Badgers.  The last time he started a game at quarterback came during his only season at Arizona Western College in the 2012 El Toro Bowl.  He started three games for the Badgers last season at safety.

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen wants a quarterback that is a dual threat, being able to run as well as pass.  McEvoy has the running part down, but how will he do throwing the football.  The Badgers success tonight may greatly depend on it.

But Wisconsin’s bread and butter is still their running game and they feature an offensive line with plenty of experience.  That line will be blocking for Heisman Trophy candidate Melvin Gordon, and Corey Clement, who will share time with Gordon this season.

While the quarterback position is going through some change, the biggest change comes on defense where the Badgers feature a new front seven.  That unit will be tested by LSU’s veteran offensive line and talented running backs.  LSU hasn’t settled on a quarterback.  Freshman Brandon Harris and sophomore Anthony Jennings will both play against the Badgers tonight.

LSU’s lack of experience at quarterback could be the difference for the Badgers, who are trying to pull off the upset.  Wisconsin enters the game as a 5 1/2 point underdog.

 

Big Ten releases conference hoops slate

The Big Ten Conference released the 2014-15 mens basketball schedule on Thursday.

The Wisconsin Badgers, who return seven of the top eight players from last season’s Final Four run, will play four of their first six games at the Kohl Center.  But they’ll also play four of their final six games on the road, including the last two at Minnesota and at Ohio State.

The Badgers finished second in the Big Ten last season at 12-6.  They’ll open league play on New Year’s Eve against Penn State at the Kohl Center.

The Badgers open their season Nov. 5 with an exhibition against UW-Parkside.  They’ll host Northern Kentucky in their regular season opener on Nov. 14.

Wisconsin will host Duke on Dec. 3 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and will travel to Marquette a few days later (Dec. 6).

 

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.