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ESPN's Chris Low believes that Wisconsin has the second easiest non-conference schedule in 2018.

The only team with an easier slate -- in Low's eyes -- in the non-conference games is Oregon. The Badgers are considered by many to have an outside chance of making the CFB playoff, and they certainly have a good chance of starting 3-0 to help those odds. They open with Western Kentucky, followed by New Mexico, and ending with BYU. "All three of the Badgers' games are also in the comfy confines of Camp Randall Stadium, where they are unbeaten in nonconference games under Paul Chryst," writes Low. "They do take on BYU, but the Cougars are coming off a four-win season and have seen better days." It'd be a shock if Wisconsin didn't open Big Ten play with three wins already under their belt.
Source: ESPN
Jun 18 - 1:39 PM

Wisconsin junior DE Isaiahh Loudermilk underwent surgery on his knee.

Loudermilk was projected to be a starter on their defensive line prior to suffering an injury. Wisconsin HC Paul Chryst said "Isaiahh is going through (rehab) and we'll see where he is at with it," and added he "has been doing more, which is good." Loudermilk saw action in 11 games last season, recording 11 tackles.
Jun 13 - 1:25 PM

Wisconsin junior DT Garrett Rand suffered an Achilles' injury during workouts and is out indefinitely.

Rand was in the process of moving from defensive end to nose tackle before his injury. The former four-star athlete was projected to be a 2018 starter at the end of spring practices but will likely now miss the entire 2018 season. HC Paul Chryst said "I haven't gotten the official update" on Rands injury. He recorded 13 tackles in 14 games last season and hasn't used a redshirt in his career, something that will surely happen if he sits out the 2018 season.
Source: ESPN
Jun 13 - 12:45 PM

Wisconsin junior WR Quintez Cephus had the highest passer rating when targeted of any returning receiver according to Pro Football Focus.

When passes went Cephus's way, quarterbacks had a rating of 147.2, the highest rating of any wideout that had at least 35 targets in 2017 that will be back on the field in 2018. The key for Wisconsin will be keeping him on the field in 2018, as he suffered a broken right leg against Iowa in November, and missed most of spring practices. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound receiver clearly has big ability and is expected to be ready for the start of the season. He could be a breakout star this fall.
Jun 10 - 12:54 PM

Wisconsin received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 ATH Dean Engram.

While Engram is listed as an athlete on Rivals, he's a likely defensive back for the collegiate level. Rivals analyst Adam Friedman notes that the 5-foot-9, 160-pounder has the chops for either corner or nickel work. He's also a special teams maven. A lack of bulk is probably going to have him taking a redshirt as a freshman, but Engram makes for an intriguing developmental prospect due to his versatility.
Jun 9 - 1:52 PM

Wisconsin and Northwestern have officially agreed upon a Nov. 7, 2020 match-up to be played at Wrigley Field.

Word surfaced at the end of May that this game was being scheduled. It's set in stone, now. This Wrigley contest actually could have potentially been a Northwestern-Illinois matchup, but the Wildcats would prefer not to share the unique stage with their in-state brethren. We last saw football played at Wrigley back in 2010.
Jun 5 - 1:48 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg lists Wisconsin's secondary as the biggest question mark for the Badgers in 2018.

Wisconsin has been dominant in stopping the run game over the past few years, but as Rittenberg notes, they have had some issues stopping the pass; particularly against teams that can spread them out. It could be an even bigger issue in 2018, as the Badgers have to replace three starters in the secondary. They do return D'Cota Dixon, however, who is one of the best safeties in the Big Ten, if not all of college football. "Defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard, a former All-America safety at Wisconsin, told ESPN.com this spring that he's confident in the athleticism of the group," writes Rittenberg. "But players will need to grow up in a hurry."
Source: ESPN
Jun 4 - 11:17 AM

Wisconsin received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 CB James Williams.

Williams pledges to the Badgers over offers from schools like Louisville, Missouri and Nebraska. With the commitment, the Badgers now own the 21st ranked recruiting class in 247 Sports composite rankings, and fourth in the Big Ten. At 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, Williams could be a slot corner for Wisconsin, but he might have enough athleticism and ball skills to play on the outside as well.
Source: Land Of 10
Jun 3 - 1:27 PM

Writing from Day 1 of the Elite 11 Finals on Friday, 247Sports analyst Greg Biggins notes that Wisconsin four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Graham Mertz "has a ton of projectable tools."

"He has a college body right now, a smooth easy release, and one of the biggest arms in the event," Biggins writes of the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Mertz. He passes along that 247Sports colleague Barton Simmons is of the belief that the Wisconsin pledge could "soar up the rankings" with a strong showing in this high-profile camp. So far, so good. As matters currently stand, Mertz slides into the outlet's composite board at No. 145 overall in the 2019 class.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 2 - 3:56 PM

Wisconsin senior DT Olive Sagapolu has dropped about 10 pounds off his listed weight from 2017.

The Badgers had Sagapolu checked in at a Vita Vea-esque 346 pounds last season. Team and player have been working to chop that down, though the senior does still have some work remaining on that front. His ideal weight would be at 325 and even if he can't quite drop that much before season's start, the hope is that he can hit 330 pounds by the end of August camp. This past season, he registered 17 tackles (3.5 for loss) and three sacks, earning All-Big Ten honorable mention at the end of the year. The former cheerleader (!) is infamously capable of a backflip, as he showed on the beach in an Instagram post last week.
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 3:34 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Nov. 7, 2020 matchup between Wisconsin and Northwestern will be played at Wrigley Field.

Northwestern had the option of using Wrigley as hosting venue for a game against Illinois in 2020, but they'd prefer that their in-state opposition not receive any of the advertising that will come from the unique contest. The last football game to go down at Wrigley came in 2010. That one did see a matchup between Northwestern and Illinois.
Source: ESPN.com
May 31 - 11:32 AM

Rivals analyst Woody Wommack tagged Wisconsin four-star 2019 verbal QB commit Graham Mertz as one of the standouts at his position in the Rivals 3 Stripe camp series.

The camp series is now in the books, allowing Wommack a chance to look back at the quarterback position as a whole this spring. Mertz (6'3/205) was a clear winner from festivities, rocking the Columbus regional with what the analyst refers to as "one of the best showings on the entire circuit." The Wisconsin pledge brings to the table not only impressive arm strength, but also consistent accuracy. Earlier this spring, ESPN's Tom VanHaaren and Tom Luginbill comped Mertz to former Memphis QB Riley Ferguson.
Source: Rivals
May 28 - 12:14 PM

Wisconsin and Pitt have agreed to a home-and-home series for the 2026 and 2027 seasons.

Wisconsin will have first hosting duties, with Pitt coming to Madison on Sept. 19, 2026. Matters will wrap up at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh a little under a year later, with the second leg of the series slated to take place on Sept. 11, 2027. The Panthers are 3-0 all-time when squaring off with the Badgers, though the teams have not played since 1967.
May 24 - 11:29 AM

Wisconsin received a verbal commitment from five-star 2019 T Logan Brown in November.

Brown is considered one of -- if not the -- best offensive lineman in the class, so it goes without question that this is a tremendous get for Wisconsin. He was also considering Michigan, Florida and Alabama to name a select few, and had offers from basically all of your major powers. Reports indicate that Brown (6'5/285) has "jolting" power and that he can get to the second level with athleticism. In the Badgers' system, that's huge. Brown could be another in a long line of impressive offensive lineman to make their way from Madison to the NFL.
Source: Land Of 10
May 20 - 11:43 AM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg tagged Wisconsin freshman WR Aron Cruickshank as the team's breakout performer of the spring.

Cruickshank (5'10/168) is as fast as they come and carries an underrated strength component in addition, something which Badgers OC Joe Rudolph noted throughout spring ball. Said the offensive coordinator, "He shows a difference from his speed and his ability to compete for the football in the air." Badgers QB Alex Hornibrook has gone on record saying that Cruickshank is the fastest player he's seen during his time in the program. One more plaudit on the speed front for the three-star freshman -- his high school coach memorably said that "[Cruickshank's] got SEC speed coming to Wisconsin" over the winter.
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 4:09 PM


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