Wisconsin Badgers news, 7/8: UW offensive line, College Football Playoff odds, more

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Check out those College Football Playoff odds below -- would you take Wisconsin's?

Football

Wisconsin's offensive line has been a staple ever since Barry Alvarez arrived in Madison. In particular, offensive guards have been a strong point -- the Badgers tied with Florida with two first-round selections since 2005 and finished alone in first with seven total interior linemen drafted.

If you're into betting, you may have to take this and run with it: UW is listed at 33/1 odds for winning the inaugural College Football Playoff, the third-highest among Big Ten teams.

The Badgers were featured heavily by Athlon Sports on Monday: Wisconsin will play the easiest schedule in the conference next season, with a 2013 opponent winning percentage of 48.7 ... The bowl outlook isn't looking too good, as Gary Andersen and co. were predicted to play in the Outback Bowl against Florida ... Among a panel of 15 voters, Camp Randall Stadium did not make the cut as one of the top 10 best stadiums in college football. It did receive 23 total votes, good for 16th.

After turning in a solid rookie campaign, Travis Frederick will look to be a more productive member of the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line in 2014, which means taking on more responsibilities.

Incoming offensive lineman Jaden Gault is taking a leave of absence from the team due to an ongoing battle with depression. Gault's roster spot is not in jeopardy and he could rejoin the team in January, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

Basketball

Losing only Ben Brust, Bo Ryan's squad is filled with offensive weapons, warranting one of ESPN.com's best offenses for the 2014-15 season.

Former baller Mike Bruesewitz, who Jake talked with last week, is hosting a basketball camp in Madison August 5-7.

Hockey

Class of 2015 skater Brock Boeser was named to the U.S. Under-18 Select Team.

Quick hitter

The NCAA does something right for once: the governing body along with College Athletic Trainers' Society introduced new guidelines that call for an improvement in student-athlete safety, headlined by concussion guidance and less contacted practice during the regular season.

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