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Badger Bits: Gabe Carimi for Heisman

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The first major snowfall of the year in Madison will most likely be occurring this weekend, though I've learned not to treat the meteorologist's words as gospel. Many Madisonians will likely head outside for some winter fun, but a select few will remain indoors and decide how to fill out their Heisman ballots (Ron Dayne included). At this point, quarterback Cameron Newton of Auburn would have to absolutely implode against South Carolina in the SEC Championship to not win the Heisman Trophy.

However, Matt Hinton aka Dr. Saturday has a post up regarding senior left tackle Gabe Carimi's case for the Heisman. Hinton was especially impressed by Carimi's performance against stud defensive ends Adrian Clayborn, Cameron Heyward, and Ryan Kerrigan. Obviously, an offensive lineman has no true shot at winning the Heisman in this day and age, but it's nice to see Carimi garner some respect for the terrific senior season he put together this year.

Scott Tolzien was interviewed on the Scott Van Pelt Show on Tuesday, and you can find the audio here. Meanwhile, today is going to be Bret Bielema Day on the ESPN family of networks. Bielema will appear on First Take, the aforementioned SVP show, and College Football Live. Have fun in Connecticut, Bret.

Wisconsin hosts Duke today in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. No, I'm not stuck in 2009, I'm just talking about the women's basketball team. Duke comes in at No. 5 in the country, so it will be a stiff test for Lisa Stone's 2-5 squad, The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network, and admission is free for UW students.

Speaking of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, congratulations to the Big Ten Conference on winning the Challenge for the second year in a row after losing the first ten Challenges. This year's victory may be even more impressive as the ACC had home advantage in six of the 11 matchups. Wisconsin did their part to seal the close victory again this year, thanks to some solid shooting that had been lacking so far this season.

Why should Wisconsin stop at being the death knell for hot-seat opponent head coaches in football? NC State blog Backing the Pack says that the Sidney Lowe era is pretty much over, it's just a matter of when.

Head on over to the Daily Cardinal home page and you'll find a solid gallery of Wisconsin/Northwestern game photos. My favorites are Jay Valai's interception, the touchdown catch by Lance Kendricks, and Jon Budmayr soaring through the air.

Josh Gasser is learning on the fly what he needs to do to be a solid contributor for the Badgers. He leads all Big Ten freshman in minutes per game, with a remarkable 29.

Dave Heller at the Journal-Sentinel has a nice round up of what's going on with Wisconsin's recruiting class in football. UW may snag a cornerback who planned to go to Indiana until Bill Lynch was fired, but Notre Dame is trying to steal already committed corner Bennett Okotcha from the Badgers.