Wisconsin ranked No. 18 in Week 2 AP Top 25


Like their standing in the Amway Coaches Poll, the Wisconsin Badgers are the highest rated team in the AP Top 25 released Tuesday. In the AP poll, the Badgers check in at No. 18, ahead of fellow 0-1 teams South Carolina and Clemson. That's a four-stop drop from the preseason AP poll for the Badgers. LSU, which defeated Wisconsin on Saturday, jumped one spot to No. 12. In the coaches poll, UW is No. 19.

ESPN report: Joel Stave could miss the season; no internal strife for UW


ESPN's report (link above) on Joel Stave's injury doesn't contain any new hard news, though it does have two enticing "sources say" tidbits.

First is that Stave could be out for the season with this shoulder injury. We don't yet know if this current issue is tied to the injury Stave suffered in the Capital One Bowl, though I imagine we'll hear something before long.

Second is that ESPN's source says there was "no internal strife" at halftime of Saturday's game. That's important because some Internet reports have suggested that Melvin Gordon was pushing for Stave to start the game, and/or was pushing hard for Stave to enter the game after McEvoy struggled. Those reports have suggested that Gordon's "benching" in the second half -- he received just four carries after halftime -- was tied to some disagreement, but that seems pretty far-fetched to me. That would be so incredibly petty from the coaching staff to bench the star running back because he spoke out about his choice of quarterback. Also, today's news indicates that Stave was never going to be available for the LSU game, nobody what players or fans might've heard.

Buckle up, friends. The season is heating up.

Wisconsin ranked 19th in Amway Coaches Poll


Frankly, polls mean much less in this College Football Playoff era. For those interested, though, Wisconsin is No. 19 after its loss to LSU on Saturday. The Badgers are one of three teams who lost this weekend that are ranked, and they're ranked above the other two: South Carolina and Clemson. Wisconsin also began the season ranked 14th in the coaches poll. LSU, after beginning 13th, is now 12th.

Wisconsin's dress list for tonight


Above is Wisconsin's dress list for tonight's game vs. LSU, per Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Badgers did indeed bring 85 players to Houston for the game, though only 71 will dress. Among them are UW's top three freshmen wide receivers, Natrell Jamerson, George Rushing and Krenwick Sanders. Fellow receivers Jazz Peavy and Rob Wheelwright did not make the trip, however. They both were hurt for the majority of camp.

Govs. Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal bet on outcome of Wisconsin vs. LSU


Now the stakes are high. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal have decided to wager on the outcome of tonight's game between the Badgers and the LSU Tigers. The good news: beer will change hands either way. If Wisconsin wins, it gets some from Abita, a prized Southern brewery. It'll also get some jambalaya. Should LSU win, Walker will send over cheese, beer and brats. No details on the brands yet, so here's hoping he just sends over a ton of High Life Light.

4 LSU players didn't travel to Houston


LSU defensive tackle Maquedius Bain and center Elliott Porter joined a growing list of Tigers to not travel to Houston for Saturday's season-opener vs. Wisconsin, The Advocate reported Friday. After it was reported that Rashard Robinson (suspension) and Malachi Dupre (injury) didn't travel with the Tigers, Bain became the third last-minute departure from LSU's depth chart. Per The Advocate, Bain's absence is believed to be tied to a suspension, though LSU head coach Les Miles won't discuss any roster news until after Saturday's game.

Bain, a redshirt freshman, was listed as the No. 2 defensive tackle behind sophomore Christian LaCouture on LSU's first depth chart. Losing a member of the defensive line rotation can't bode well for the Tigers, especially with the Badgers' veteran offensive line widely considered the strength of the team.

Porter, meanwhile, was listed as LSU's starting center before Miles said earlier this week that sophomore Ethan Pocic had taken over the spot. The reason for Porter's absence is unknown.

Unless these losses are simply thoroughly-reported "smaller" stories, this seems fairly unusual, especially less than 24 hours before kickoff. While LSU began the week with its quarterback battle perhaps its biggest story, it now faces questions regarding things like "chemistry" and "discipline," even if they're unwarranted. Wisconsin, by comparison, seems to be settling into Houston much quieter. We'll see what kind of impact this all has on the NRG Stadium field tomorrow night.

Report: Anthony Jennings to start at quarterback for LSU vs. Wisconsin


LSU sophomore Anthony Jennings will start at quarterback vs. Wisconsin on Saturday, a source tells's Jim Kleinpeter. Jennings apparently beat out freshman Brandon Harris after a strong week of practice.

As a freshman last year, Jennings appeared in nine games and started in LSU's Outback Bowl win over Iowa. He went 13-of-29 for 181 yards, one touchdown and one interception over those nine games. Harris, meanwhile, came to LSU as the class of 2014's No. 3 dual-threat quarterback, according to 247Composite. We ran through the competition between Jennings and Harris in more detail last week.

Much like Wisconsin's stated plans, LSU head coach Les Miles said he wouldn't publicly name a quarterback before the opener. He did say on Wednesday that LSU's staff has "a plan" in mind to play both Jennings and Harris.

In other LSU news, cornerback Rashard Robinson and wide receiver Malachi Dupre both did not travel with the team to Houston.

LSU CB Rashard Robinson, WR Malachi Dupre not playing


LSU sophomore cornerback Rashard Robinson and freshman wide receiver Malachi Dupre did not travel with the Tigers to Houston for Saturday's game vs. Wisconsin, according to several media reports. Dupre, a former five-star recruit, sprained his ankle in practice this week and has battled injuries throughout camp. According to Geaux247, Travin Dural, John Diarse and Trey Quinn are likely LSU's top three receivers. Dural is a sophomore deep threat who caught seven passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns last year. Diarse is a redshirt freshman and Quinn is a true freshman who comes to LSU has a four-star recruit.

As for Robinson, the Advocate reports he's been under suspension after practicing with the second team for much of camp. He entered the fall as a preseason All-SEC third-team selection and came on strong late last season, starting the final two games of the season. He and fellow starting cornerback Tre'Davious White have been lauded as one of the nation's top DB duos. In Robinson's place, junior Jalen Collins is expected to start.

Also, reported Friday that LSU has settled on sophomore Anthony Jennings as its starting quarterback for Saturday.

Cleveland PF Esa Ahmad includes Wisconsin in top 5


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


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.

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