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Friday Preview: Wisconsin vs. LSU

Two stylistically similar teams face off for your amusement on Saturday night.

Wisconsin has 'a plan' for both quarterbacks

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Friday's Badger Bits include links on Wisconsin offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig having a plan for how to use the Badgers' quarterbacks, Gary Andersen bringing a larger-than-usual number of...

Cleveland PF Esa Ahmad includes Wisconsin in top 5

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Cleveland (Shaker Heights) power forward Esa Ahmad joined fellow Wisconsin basketball target Diamond Stone in naming the Badgers in his top five on Thurdsay. Ahmad is a four-star prospect who's considered the class of 2015's No. 9 power forward and No. 52 player overall, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings.

As B5Q's Phil Mitten discussed on Wednesday, Ahmad could make his way to Madison on Sept. 20, along with three-star Minneapolis point guard Jarvis Johnson. Maryland gets the first crack at Ahmad, though, on a visit to College Park this weekend. According to his family, Ahmad is still likely to visit all five of his top schools at some point.

Milwaukee C Diamond Stone includes Wisconsin in top 5

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Finally, some good basketball recruiting news for Wisconsin: five-star Milwaukee (Dominican) center Diamond Stone has included the Badgers in his top five. 247 Sports' composite rankings have Stone as the class of 2015's No. 1 center and No. 4 player overall. He's a versatile offensive player at 6'10, 246 pounds and he's also a quality rim protector -- earlier this month, he recorded a USA U-17 single-game record five blocks vs. China when the Americans won the gold medal at the FIBA U-17 World Championships in Dubai.

Badgers fans will also like to know that four-star Cleveland (Shaker Heights) power forward Esa Ahmad also included Wisconsin in his top five. B5Q's Phil Mitten had the latest on UW's pursuit of both players, among others, on Wednesday.

This chart proves Wisconsin is one of the most 'admirable' powerhouses

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The above graph is from the Wall Street Journal (we found it via Deadspin). It charts college football programs' success both on and off the field, and you can see Wisconsin is sitting pretty damn nice in the top right, along with "admirable powerhouses" Clemson, Stanford and UCLA. The chart's methodology is pretty standard and while this might not necessarily prove anything, it sure is great barstool fodder.

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Wisconsin 2014-15 Schedule Breakdown

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The Wisconsin Badgers have a rigorous non-conference schedule, but caught some major breaks when it comes to the Big Ten. See how it could all play out.

Weekend beer preview: LSU

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Sure, you know all about Les Miles eating grass and being a weirdo, as well as stud freshman running back Leonard Fournette, but what do you know about Louisiana beer? We're here to help.

B5Q Roundtable: Season predictions

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Another B5Q Roundtable takes a stab at season predictions for Wisconsin.

Does Wisconsin have a weakness?

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The Badgers are an early favorite to win the B1G and possibly return to their second Final Four in as many seasons. Is there anything standing in their way? Well...maybe.

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