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Wisconsin ranked 19th in Amway Coaches Poll

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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.

Joel Stave will miss time due to shoulder injury

The Badgers announced Tuesday that quarterback Joel Stave and tight end T.J. Watt will both miss time due to injuries.

Week 2 depth chart: Tanner McEvoy alone at QB1

The mighty "OR" is gone, leaving Tanner McEvoy has the sole starter on Wisconsin's Week 2 depth chart.

Notebook: McEvoy will start Week 2; injury update

Gary Andersen met with reporters Monday afternoon in Madison to recap a variety of topics from Saturday night's loss to LSU, ranging from Melvin Gordon and the quarterback situation to a variety of...

Andersen, Gordon talk 'misunderstanding' vs. LSU

After a day to digest Wisconsin's loss to LSU, Melvin Gordon and Gary Andersen each met with reporters Monday to discuss why he received so few second-half touches Saturday night.

Podcast: UW-LSU recap, fan reaction

Has the healing begun yet for everyone? We read your responses to Wisconsin vs. LSU. We also discuss the heartbreaking loss, talk about the offense sputtering in the second half and Scott Tolzien...

An Open Letter to Andy Ludwig

Dear Coach Ludwig, Good morning. I hope you got some sleep last night. Also, now that we're talking about last night, there's a few things I wanted to speak with you about. First, I wanted to...

Post-game: Andersen unsure of plan with Gordon

Let's embrace the pain and try to sort through this mess.

Video: Melvin Gordon talks lack of carries

Madison.com has a great stock of post-game video on YouTube. Here, Melvin Gordon discusses his lack of carries late and how the Badgers will have to deal with facing the "Wisconsin can't win big...

Wisconsin collapses in 2nd half, falls to LSU

Despite an impressive first half, the Badgers couldn't overcome two big injuries on the defensive line and surrendered a 17-point second-half lead in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff.

Halftime recap: Wisconsin 17, LSU 7

After a solid first half, Wisconsin leads LSU 17-7 at halftime of the season-opener in Houston.

Reggie Love scores Wisconsin's first points of the season

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Big ups to SB Nation GIF maven Clay Wendler for the quick turnaround. These are your first points of the season, Wisconsin Badgers fans. That drive: six plays, 76 yards, 3:05 with Tanner McEvoy at the helm. McEvoy completed his only pass attempt, a 6-yard strike to Alex Erickson on third down to keep the drive alive.

Wisconsin's dress list for tonight

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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

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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

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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

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LSU sophomore Anthony Jennings will start at quarterback vs. Wisconsin on Saturday, a source tells NOLA.com'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

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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, Nola.com 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

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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.

Rice Lake PF Henry Ellenson names top 3, leaves out Badgers

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Wisconsin's momentum for five-star Rice Lake power forward Henry Ellenson cooled significantly over the last month or so, and now it appears the Badgers are out of the picture. The 6'10, 230-pounder is the No. 9 2015 prospect in the country according to 247Composite and holds offers from many of college basketball's top programs. Interestingly (perhaps not the greatest choice of words for this site's readership) enough, Marquette holds 76 percent of 247 Sports' Crystal Ball predictions for Ellenson.

UW freshmen confident approaching opener

SEC speed has been a pervasive storyline as Wisconsin preps for LSU, but the Badgers' freshmen are remaining confident.

Bovada: Melvin Gordon has 4th-best Heisman odds

According to the latest odds released by Bovada, Melvin Gordon trails only three players in the country when it comes to Heisman Trophy odds.

College Football Playoff odds: UW jumps to 25/1

Wisconsin's championship odds have risen, according to the latest data from Bovada.

Les Miles has 'a plan' for LSU QBs, both will play Saturday

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As Nola.com relates, LSU head coach Les Miles said on Wednesday's SEC teleconference that both Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris will see the field at quarterback vs. Wisconsin Saturday.

"It's not something without conception," Miles said. "We understand it. It's (the plan) not something I'm going to reveal. I don't think there's any tremendous magic to it. Both will play."

Jennings is a sophomore who played in nine games last season and started one. Harris is a highly-touted dual-threat freshman. Learn more about LSU's quarterback situation in our preview from last week.

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