Badgering the MTB Staff: Illini who?

Written by Andrew Coppens on .


This weekend the Badgers play their third night game of the season....against the mighty Fighting Illini from our Friendly Illinois Buddies. Over the last few years the Badgers and Illini have played some crazy games, despite the final scores indicating a butt kicking. 

So, what does our collection of prognosticators think for this weekend?

Well, before we get there, let's update the standings...

Name Record Points
Andy 5-1 7
Paul 5-1 6
Arman 5-1 9
Jay 5-1 9

Sad to say, Paul won the extra point last week...because he saw a wopping SEVEN point difference in the score of the game. 

On to this week though....

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Men's Hockey: Badgers head to Boston for Big Ten/Hockey East Challenge Preview

Written by Madtown Badgers Staff on .

The Matchups: No. 2 Wisconsin at No. 6/7 Boston College

No. 2 Wisconsin at No. 15 Boston University

When: Friday, Oct. 18 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 19 6 p.m.

Where: Friday: Chestnut Hill, Mass. -Kelley Rink (7,884)

Saturday: Boston -Agganis Arena (6,300)

TV: None

Radio: Friday: WIBA-AM 1310; Saturday: WTSO-AM 1070

All-Time Series: Boston College leads 12-9-0

Boston University leads 9-6-0

Last Meetings: BC 5, UW 0 (4/10/10)

BU 4, UW 3 (10/8/10)


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Kyle French announces departure from Badgers program after this season

Written by Andrew Coppens on .

Last week the Badger faithful saw Kyle French miss a 38-yard field goal attempt against Northwestern. It led to Jack Russell taking the rest of the kicks for the game and a new plan to have Russell be the kicker of choice this week at Illinois. 

However, it appears that French's time with the program is coming to an end at the end of this season, at least according to his Facebook post on Thursday night: 

French, who was to be a senior next season will no longer be a part of the team and he went out with class, during what can only be described as a tough situation for all involved.

However, that won't be the only change coming in the kicking department, as the Badgers apparently are DEAD SERIOUS about using linebacker Chris Borland to kick long field goals this weekend at Illinois. 

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Five Things to Watch for: Illini Edition

Written by Jay Swenson on .

It’s almost time to pull off the state of Illinois Big Ten sweep.

Living in Central Illinois now, this game is a little more important to me as I don’t want to hear it from people around me. The good thing is, Illinois football fans are hard to find.

Onto what to watch for.

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On the Blue Line: Can Badgers youth be key to hockey success?

Written by Andrew Coppens on .

Welcome to the newest feature in our expanding Badger hockey coverage, a segment we are calling "On the Blue line," were our hockey folks take a few topics and debate each week. Participating are our Andy Coppens and Avery Walker. 

Hope you enjoy and let's get this party started.... 

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Badgers football get Big Ten slates for 2018 and 2019

Written by Andrew Coppens on .

The future schedules for Badgers football is really taking shape quickly and today the Big Ten helped create some more certainty, announcing the 2018 and 2019 conference schedules for all teams. 

Wisconsin got a hell of a slate in the first lineup of games in the nine game conference slates of 2016 and 2017, and that won't change much the next two years either. 

In 2018, the Badgers get cross-division matchups with Michigan, Rutgers and Penn State and will see a less-than-stellar home slate of Nebraska, Illinois, Rutgers and Minnesota. 

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MadTown Badgers: Nine-Point Play(ers) for Week 8

Written by Paul Kilgas on .

MadTown Badgers: Nine-Point Play(ers) for Week 8

This week’s foe is Illinois. They’re jumping on the “Hey! Let’s devise a monochromatic color scheme for our fans to wear for the big Wisconsin night game this week!” train. Arizona State and Ohio State have already been there, and done that. It’s flattering, though. Really, it is. It means that the opponent thinks highly of Wisconsin and recognizes that it needs to pull out all the stops and rally all the fans in order to beat back the big, bad Badgers.

The Illini have lost six straight and 15 of their last 16 against foes ranked in the AP poll since beating No. 1 Ohio State 28-21 on Nov. 10, 2007. The lone win during came on Sept. 17, 2011, over No. 22/18 Arizona State, 17-14. Illinois has lost its last two home games against ranked foes since beating ASU at Memorial Stadium. Let’s keep that streak alive.

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Badgers getting midseason All-American love

Written by Andrew Coppens on .

It’s a good day to be Melvin Gordon and Chris Borland, as both Badger football players are feeling the midseason love from the likes of ESPN and CBS Sports.

The duo were named to both organizations’ midseason All-American lists on Tuesday, and rightfully so. Gordon is third in rushing nationally, with 870 yards (averaging a ridiculous 9.7 yards per carry), while Borland has a team best 56 tackles (his average of 9.3 tackles per game is third in the Big Ten).

Most importantly though, Borland has come up big for his team in the two biggest Big Ten games so far this season, recording a career-high 16 tackles at Ohio State and 10 tackles this past weekend versus Northwestern—all on a bum ankle too.

Let’s also not forget that Gordon has three runs of longer than 70 yards and seven longer than 30 yards on the season, and it’s only halfway over (cue Bon Jovi, anyone). 

Of course, these awards are nice because they mean people are paying attention to the Badgers and the individual performances of these two players, but it won't mean much if the two players and the team as a whole don't finish the job in the second half of the season. 

There is still a long way to go and knowing Gordon and Borland, I'm guessing they'd be saying the exact same thing. 

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VIDEO: Bo Ryan doing the Jump Around

Written by Andrew Coppens on .

Just another reason why Bo Ryan is the hipest coach in America folks: 

Yes, that's Bo Ryan doing the 'Jump Around' on Saturday in the Student Section. It's all part of something bigger though as this week is #MakeBoPay week. 

Bo Ryan and his family will be doing their 2nd annual "Make Bo Pay" event, where students have an opportunity to take free throws and half-court shots on the Kohl Center floor, all in an effort to raise money for cancer research. The event is part of "Shooting Down Cancer" and takes place on Oct. 17. Full details can be found here.

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Sunday Hangover: Ludwig, Aranda impress as much as anyone in Badgers win over Northwestern

Written by Andrew Coppens on .

As the saying goes—players make plays. However, coaches are the ones responsible for putting players in position to make those plays and on Saturday what Andy Ludwig and Dave Aranda did was as impressive as anything the players did on the field. 

Things didn't go as scripted in the first few series' of action for the Badgers offense and it was clear Northwestern had the game plan down. Luckily the defense showed up—at least that was the feeling around most of Badger Nation.

But, instead of panicking, Ludwig flipped the script on its head and what happened after that was an offensive explosion. 

Dialing up the play-action pass on the Badgers first play from scrimmage in their fourth series was exactly what needed to happen and Ludwig had the guts to call that play. 

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