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Wisconsin Badgers news, 6/17: UW's 2014 non-conference schedule not quite 'cupcake'

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It's a common refrain, but Wisconsin's upcoming non-conference schedule isn't as soft as many believe.

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Football

Heading into Gary Andersen's second season in Madison, there are expectations that Wisconsin gets back to Indianapolis, but the jury is still out on whether or not the Badgers make it to the inaugural College Football Playoff. ESPN.com's Travis Haney looks at some reasons why Wisconsin will and will not make the four-team playoff (Insider).

I've got to admit when I'm wrong, folks: I've been very adamant regarding the Badgers' "cupake" non-conference schedule, but the Oklahoman's Berry Tramel explains how UW's non-conference slate is the 10th-toughest in the country.

Included in there is the Aug. 30 opener against LSU down in Houston. Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel thinks this is the fourth-most anticipated non-conference game of the 2014 season.

SB Nation's Maize 'N' Brew breaks down Wisconsin's path to the Big Ten Championship Game.

I couldn't agree more with Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse Temple tabbing Tanner McEvoy as the team's sixth-most important player.

Basketball

Bo Ryan's boys are back in town: their summer conditioning program started Monday.

Hockey

Ever since Mark Johnson was named head coach in 2002, Wisconsin's women's hockey team has been one of the most consistent winners on campus, and throughout the entire nation, for that matter. Sports Illustrated's FanSided looks at the team's dominance.

Recruiting

This weekend's visit to Madison had such a memorable impression on linebacker Mohamed Berry that he almost committed on the spot. However, Berry is still letting the recruiting process play out ($).

Quick Hitters

USA USA USA USA.

Football student tickets sold out in 55 minutes Tuesday. Minnesota, sadly, doesn't enjoy the same success when it comes to student attendance.

Men's runner Reed Connor and Mary Massei took home the Big Ten's Medal of Honor award, honoring for excellence both in the classroom and on the playing field.