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Ethan Armstrong returns to practice

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Great news entering the home stretch of fall camp. The last we heard from Armstrong, he was sidelined with a left leg injury. This defense is looking more formidable by the day -- the front seven positions are essentially two-deep, and even the secondary appears to be catching on. Good health -- and yes, it is only Aug. 19 -- could be the most pivotal x-factor differentiating a solid defense from an elite unit.

Wisconsin-Florida Nov.12 game part of ESPN Tip-Off Marathon

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ESPN dropped a nice bit of news for hopheads everywhere Monday, revealing its slate of games for the Tip-Off Marathon Nov. 11 and 12. Wisconsin hosts Florida at 8 p.m. CT on the 12th, and it should be a fantastic pairing of two high-powered squads that everyone will want to watch... except Kansas-Duke is up next, matching up Andrew Wiggings and Jabari Parker. Hey, it's still basketball. And it'll be here before we know it.

Ethan Armstrong on track to play in opener

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"I'll be ready to play in the opener. It's just a matter of when I'll be back for practice."

Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Twitter. Armstrong added he hopes to return to practice Aug. 21. Wisconsin also starts prep for UMass that day. Armstrong has been sidelined since last Tuesday with a minor left leg injury.

Athlon Sports predicts Wisconsin's 2013 season

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I had the honor of contributing to Athlon's roundtable for Wisconsin's upcoming season, and their panel of writers generally jibed with my rosy prediction for the Badgers. I have them, as of now, going 11-1, with the only loss to Ohio State. I'm certainly not overlooking Arizona State, Northwestern and BYU, but before seeing any of those teams play, I'm not seeing them as better than Wisconsin. Regardless, Athlon's predictions spell out what we should generally consider the low bar for this season: a 9-3 season, with losses to only those three teams. That wouldn't be so bad, right? I'm curious to hear more game-by-game predictions -- please feel free to share yours below.

The Big Ten mascot GIF of your dreams

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My goodness. This is, to me, 90 percent wonderful, 10 percent GOOFY AS HECK if you just watch the Nittany Lion, that damn Gopher and Brutus, in no particular order. The Boilermaker (do we call him that?) is also incredibly boring. Naturally, Bucky's just chillin' up front.

Another view of the new Camp Randall Scoreboard, if you crane your neck

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With audio! On a loop, thanks to Vine! This comes from Wisconsin's Assistant Recruiting Coordinator, Charlie Drewek. In his words, the new board is "really LOUD!" That sounds fun, and looks like it, too. The next step in Camp Randall scoreboard coverage will also presumably allow us to see the thing at a natural angle. Fall camp does start Friday, so there's hope.

Top 2015 Utah recruit enjoys unofficial visit to Wisconsin

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Osa Masina is an athlete from Salt Lake City (Brighton) that is widely considered the top 2015 prospect from the state of Utah. 247 Sports does indeed have him No. 1, in addition to ranking him No. 15. among 2015 athletes (via composite score). Considering Gary Andersen's connections and the work he's already done in landing 2014 fullback Ula Tolutau and 2015 quarterback Austin Kafentzis, Masina could be the next commit to extend Wisconsin's burgeoning pipeline out west.

On Arkansas Expats: How did Bret Bielema's UW teams fare vs. the no-huddle?

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Doc Harper of SB Nation's Arkansas site, Arkansas Expats, hit us up to get some thoughts on Wisconsin's history vs. no-huddle and spread attacks during Bielema's time in Madison. I was happy to oblige, especially after reading his first post on the topic that laid out much of that history, particularly the 2012 Rose Bowl (sorry) and a few Michigan games.

Gary Andersen on NCAA's new targeting rule

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"I think it has been a positive movement toward protecting the kids but I also believe we’ve got to be as careful as we can to not take an opportunity away from a young man who doesn’t deserve it… I want to protect the kids but I also hate to take – 12 guaranteed opportunities is all you get – and to take one of them away on a ‘maybe’ concerns me."

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/216940271.html

The Kohl Center ice is looking pretty good

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The headline above could've been prime real estate for a crappy, "IT'S SO HOT" summer-related pun, but you don't come here for that, do you? ANYWAY, here's a pic of how the Kohl Center ice is looking now that it's set for Big Ten play. You'll notice the B1G logo behind each goal, giving the rink a pretty busy but clean look given the well-placed ads on the four corners of the center-ice logo and the "Bob Johnson Rink" labels running parallel to the blue lines. This pic of the other side of the ice also went online last week, giving us a pretty good idea of what we can expect vs. Northern Michigan come Oct. 11.

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