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Oh crap, your son has to block J.J. Watt

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This J.J. Watt clip from HBO's "Hard Knocks" is awesome. The Atlanta Falcons are featured this season, and their scrimmage against the Houston Texans brought them face-to-face with J.J. Watt. The clip begins with Bruce Matthews, a Hall of Famer who's son is Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews, talking to Atlanta offensive line coach Mike Tice (and father of Badger fan favorite Nate Tice). The ensuing voiceover is awesome; by highlighting the football dads first, the transition to Watt is essentially, "Oh, man. Your son's screwed!" And indeed, Watt looks pretty damn unblockable in the clip.

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.

Watch News8000's great HS football season preview

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If you're into Wisconsin high school sports, this hourlong video preview from News 8 in La Crosse will get you pretty jazzed up. It'll also get you pretty well-informed. A win-win.

Hawaii AD: Warriors football in danger of "going away"

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This is a stunner: Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay told the university's Board of Regetns on Monday that the football program could be going away. The university has operated under a budget deficit during 11 of the past 13 years, and is on the way to making that 12 of 14 this year. On the football field, the Warriors haven't had a winning season since 2010 and have also won just four games over the past two seasons. There's also a Wisconsin connection here: the Badgers are scheduled to host Hawaii in 2015, travel there in 2021 and play another in Madison in 2022.

Former Wisconsin target Joe Mixon suspended for year by Oklahoma

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Former Wisconsin target and current Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon was suspended for a year by the Sooners on Monday. After he was arraigned at the the Cleveland County Courthouse in Oklahoma City, the team issued the statement on Mixon, who allegedly physically assaulted a female OU student at a bar on July 25.

Former Badgers Bryce Gilbert, Brock DeCicco land at IUP

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Bryce Gilbert was one of Wisconsin's more surprising departures when the fall roster was announced back in July. It turns out he, as well as former UW tight end Brock DeCicco, have since enrolled at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. According to the article linked above -- which is the first we've heard of the destinations for Gilbert and DeCicco -- both players are getting first-team reps with the Crimson Hawks.

5 more Badgers earn their 'Ws'

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During Friday's morning practice, reporters noted a few more freshmen sporting the Motion "W" on their helmets. Offensive tackle Beau Benzschawel, linebacker D'Cota Dixon, safety Lubern Figaro, defensive lineman Conor Sheehy and cornerback Derrick Tindal are the newest first-year players to exchange their black stripes for Wisconsin's logo, joining kicker Rafael Gaglianone and wide receivers Natrell Jamerson, George Rushing and Krenwick Sanders with their "Ws." The tradition, of course, started when Gary Andersen came to Wisconsin. This year's crop of freshmen has widely impressed in camp, elevating expectations for certain positions previously seen as weaknesses. That's especially true at kicker (Gaglianone might have the starting job locked up) and wide receiver (two, maybe three among Jamerson, Rushing and Sanders could travel with the team to LSU for the opener Aug. 30).

Montee Ball highlights from that brilliant 2011 season

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There are nearly 10 minutes of highlights here, so it's just impossible to pick one favorite play from Montee Ball. I do think one thing that stands out here, and something that I've always admired about him, is his ability to make the most nasty of cuts look so easy. I think it's how he stays balanced while juking/cutting; he rarely looks like the fastest running back, but he's always able to evade defenders. Worse comes to worse, we've seen him throw out a nasty stiff arm on a quite a few occasions. Also, how much damn fun is it reliving Wisconsin's offense with Russell Wilson at the helm?

An opposing coach's take on Wisconsin

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"You leave a game with Wisconsin after getting your face kicked in and go, 'Who were those guys?'"

Anonymous coach to Sports Illustrated, via Madison.com. The full quote is part of SI's season preview issue, and also credits the Badgers as follows: "I don't know a program in the last 20 years that has won as many games as they have without a quarterback that anyone has heard of."
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