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Badger Bits: Alvarez reminded of '99 season

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Happy Black Friday everybody! If you've already gone out early to shop for the holiday season, here are some Badger Bits to wake you up a bit more. If you were lazy like me, then here are some Badger Bits anyway.

So far, Wisconsin's 2010 football season reminds athletic director Barry Alvarez of when he coached the 1999 Badgers to a Rose Bowl berth. Alvarez says that there are several similarities between the two teams, especially that both squads were able to overcome early season losses. 

"You start off with a loss early in the Big Ten season and then you're looking down the barrel at Ohio State and Iowa," Alvarez said this week, referring to the current team. "In '99 we lose the opening Big Ten game to Michigan and you're looking down the barrel at Ohio State the following week."

More Badger Bits after the jump!

Football

Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com's Big Ten blog wrote about the thee reasons behind Wisconsin's offensive surge this year.

Madison.com has their football question of the week posted. They take a look at which Wisconsin stat better explains their success this year.

Andy Baggot of Madison.com says that the Badgers will know what they are playing for when they kick off against Northwestern on Saturday at 2:30 CST.

Mike Lucas of UWBadgers.com has his newest column posted.

Nothing is official yet, but it looks like Wisconsin's top high school running back is set to de-commit from Iowa and instead stay close to home and become a Badger.

Hockey

Andy Baggot continues Madison.com's series "5 Good Minutes" with center Derek Lee.

Chuck Schwartz of Sixty Minutes. No Alibis. No Regrets. has his preview up of this weekend's final College Hockey Showcase. The Badgers will play Michigan tonight at 7:00 CST, and then faceoff against Michigan State at 8:00 on Saturday night.

Basketball

The Badgers overcame a slow start yesterday in the Old Spice Classic, and defeated Manhattan 50-35.

A Final Note

The Badgers will kickoff their final regular season game of the year tomorrow against Northwestern at 2:30 PM CST. It's senior day, so please try to get there early if you can to show Wisconsin's seniors your appreciation! As always, be sure to keep it here at B5Q for predictions, game threads and post-game reaction.