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Wisconsin Badgers news, 7/28: Big Ten football predictions, Chikwe Obasih, Tanner McEvoy, more

Chikwe Obasih (left).
Chikwe Obasih (left).
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Football

Drip, drip, drip ... Folks, the season is almost here! In a poll conducted by cleveland.com, head coach Gary Andersen's squad was picked to win the West Division, garnering 183.5 total points and 15 first-place votes. However, Wisconsin did not receive any votes to win the 2014 Big Ten championship in Indianapolis. Also, Melvin Gordon received a mere five votes for the Offensive Player of the Year award, good for second behind Ohio State's Braxton Miller.

Mike, along with other media members, teamed up with Athlon Sports' Steve Lassan to highlight the Badgers' 2014 schedule, and the results should be received very, very warmly by the UW faithful; five of the seven had Wisconsin going at least 10-2.

Keeping with the schedule: Andrew breaks down the three cases for the Badgers' conference slate.

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There hasn't been a past player that was as important to the team's success than Gordon will be this year. The former Iowa commit is ESPN Madison's Zach Heilprin's No. 1 most important Badger for this year season.

Along the defensive line, young gun Chikwe Obasih has the build to make an impact this year and for years to come in a red and white uniform. Badger247's Evan Flood recognized this, listing the former Brookfield Central HS standout as the No.1 breakout player for Wisconsin ($).

So who's gonna start game one against the LSU Tigers? Whether it's Joel Stave or Tanner McEvoyNo. 5 is finally starting to fit within the system and gaining comfort along the way.

Sports Illustrated's MMQB's czar Peter King answered some questions on Twitter recently, and had glowing remarks about Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

This is beautiful in more ways than one.

Basketball

We all know assistant coach Lamont Paris is an integral part to Wisconsin's success each and every year. What you might not have known is that Paris can also hold his own on the golf course.

Hockey

Mike Eaves' club will face D-III program and 2014 national champion St. Norbert for an exhibition contest at LaBahn Arena on Oct. 25.

Nicole takes a look at women's hockey head coach Mark Johnson's schedule for 2014-15.

Recruiting

Phil checks in on how aggressive Ryan and his staff have been on the recruiting trail as of late, both for the class of 2015 and '16. It certainly doesn't hurt that the program went to the Final Four last year and is a perennial favorite to get there again in '15.

Quick hitters

All aboard the money train! Two of Kentucky's biggest coaches -- John Calipari (basketball) and Mark Stoops (football) -- force their bosses to fork over a crap ton of cash for a private jet at the coaches' instant disposal. And OSU athletic director Gene Smith says the Big Ten expansion is due to the Benjamins, which it is, but it isn't.