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Wisconsin Badgers news, 7/15: Big Ten West Division odds, Jim Leonhard at UW, All-Bo Ryan team

What odds would you give the Badgers for winning the weak-on-paper Big Ten West Division?

Jamie Sabau


ESPN Big Ten projects the Badgers to win the Big Ten West Division, with 21.9 percent odds of winning the conference title.

One game that I think Gary Andersen's squad is going to win is a November home game against Nebraska, and the Journal Star has it as the second-biggest Big Ten game. Other games included are Wisconsin's games against Iowa on Nov. 22 (No. 7), Northwestern on Oct. 4 (No. 11) and Minnesota on Nov. 29 (No. 12).

Scott Tolzien and Jared Abbrederis are UW representatives for the Green Bay Packers and they could be joined by another former Badger, as Jim Leonhard has been in touch with the organization. Ultimately, whether Leonhard plays in the NFL next season or not, he wants to return to his roots.

Jonathan Casillas thought very highly of his new quarterback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Josh McCown. Sticking with the former player trend, Jake writes about Conor O'Neill's chances of making the Chicago Bears' 2014-15 roster.


Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse Temple is compiling an All-Bo Ryan team and leads off with Devin Harris at the point guard position. Harris' backup, according to Temple, would be Jordan Taylor, who had six points in 14 minutes in the Bucks' last summer league game, against the Phoenix Suns.


Wisconsin made the top-five lists for two recruits and a top 10 for another. This, along with some new offers extended, is featured in our newest recruiting notebook.

Divine Saviors Holy Angels women's basketball standout Arike Ogunbowale included Bobbie Kelsey's team among her top five schools.

Quick hitters

Former UW baseball player Steve Bennett donated $7 million to the new $86 million Stephen M. Bennett Student-Athlete Performance Center, aimed at "providing [Wisconsin] student-athletes with the very best in academic support, fitness training and sports medicine care."

...And the College Football Playoff's trophy looks like a beer tap.

Madison was named the seventh-best swim city and second on the index for USA Swimming members.