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Ranking the Big Ten's top 15 players with Athlon Sports

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I had the honor of voting in Athlon Sports' poll ranking the Big Ten's 15 best players. My ballot will remain top-secret, so you'll never know if I voted for 15 Badgers or not. It is kinda weird that Rafael Gaglianone doesn't appear anywhere in there, though...

Melvin Gordon named to ESPN's preseason All-American team

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Melvin Gordon has made yet another preseason media All-American team. After making CBS Sports' on Wednesday, Wisconsin's star running back made ESPN's on Thursday. Other Big Ten representatives include Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett and Michigan State punter Mike Sadler.

NJ.com: Goldy Gopher is the Big Ten's best mascot because... 'Caddyshack'?

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Sure, this is a Wisconsin blog, and we're supposed to have this reaction. But Goldy Gopher is the Big Ten's best mascot? Really? Bucky is ranked 10th out of 11 mascots here, which doesn't even really matter much. I'm just trying to figure out how an "adorable" mascot that reminds someone of a 34-year-old movie garners the top spot. And I like "Caddyshack," probably even more than the average fellow. Like all things wonky from Jersey, I blame Julie Hermann.

Melvin Gordon makes CBS Sports' All-American team

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CBS Sports released its preseason All-American list Wednesday, including Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon as one of two running backs alongside Georgia's Todd Gurley. Only a first team was released, so Gordon is the only Badgers representative. The other Big Ten players are Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff, Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett and Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis.

Braxton Miller injury makes UW Big Ten favorite

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So Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is out for the season, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy. Miller reinjured his throwing shoulder in practice Monday, and the effects on the college football world are felt everywhere from the Big Ten picture to the Heisman Trophy race. Wisconsin stands to benefit from both (Melvin Gordon should get even more attention among the conference's top players), and according to PredictionMachine.com (via the USA TODAY link above) the Badgers are now favored in every game (including the opener vs. LSU and in a Big Ten Championship matchup vs. Michigan State). PredictionMachine runs 50,000 simulations of the college football season, and in this instance, the Badgers replace Ohio State in the College Football Playoff.

Playoff committee explains selection process

Eventually, we'll have a fuller grasp of how exactly the College Football Playoff selection committee will operate. Hopefully.

Wisconsin draws 9/2 odds to win Big Ten

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The Badgers draw 9/2 odds to win the Big Ten in the latest odds from Bovada.

Monday's Big Ten media day leftovers

Some leftovers from Monday's opening session of Big Ten media days.

Wisconsin native R.J. Shelton impressing at MSU

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At Monday's Big Ten media day, Beaver Dam native R.J. Shelton earned some praise from Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio.

Wisconsin, Nebraska working on rivalry trophy

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This seems like a natural idea considering the program's ties -- Barry Alvarez has even admitted to modeling Wisconsin's walk-on program after Nebraska's. But what would the trophy be? Just check the replies to that tweet for a few early takes. Yes, it's likely that Wisconsin just scored again.

Big Ten media days schedule

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Gary Andersen will take the podium at 10 a.m. CT on BTN.

List of Big Ten media days attendees released

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Wisconsin will be repped by Melvin Gordon, Rob Havenstein and Warren Herring alongside Gary Andersen.

Big Ten identifies athlete welfare guidelines

The Big Ten presidents and chancellors issued a joint statement on Tuesday identifying a series of reforms while continuing their collective stance that athletes shouldn't be paid. Read more inside...

BTN inks big TV deal

The Big Ten's footprint grows as the BTN inks deals with two major cable providers out east. Finally, some good news for Rutgers.

The Big Ten tournament is moving — thoughts?

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By now, you've probably heard the news. The 2017 Big Ten men's basketball tournament will be played in Washington D.C., a decision that was inevitable, no matter however unfavorable the reaction.

Jim Delany statement on Big Ten tournament moving

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Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany's full statement on the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. hosting the 2017 Big Ten men's basketball tournament.

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