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Might Wisconsin have an easy route to a big bowl in 2015?

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Check this out. The rewards of the Big Ten West, I guess.

Watch: Former Badgers WR Jared Abbrederis talks at Packers OTAs

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Watch former Wisconsin Badgers and current Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jared Abbrederis talk to the Green Bay media Friday about his return from injury, along with how he's improved his strength since being injured.

Also read the article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Lori Nickel on the former Burlsworth Trophy winner.

UW target Brayden Stringer commits to Texas Tech

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Brayden Stringer, a three-star linebacker from Cypress Ranch, Texas, committed to Texas Tech on Friday. He was a Badgers offer who visited for the spring game and even garnered a 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction for Wisconsin earlier this month.

Alas, Stringer is headed to the Red Raiders. The Badgers would've liked to land the No. 46 inside linebacker and No. 137 player from Texas in 2016, but they have other options at linebacker: three-star in-state Wisconsin Mason Stokke is already in the fold, though he's more suited to play outside linebacker, as is Maryland prospect Keith Simms.

A hops museum is coming to Madison

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About damn time! A hops museum is coming to Madison's east side, on E. Washington Ave. It opens Saturday with a "Madison Barrel & Brewing History" meet-and-greet from 1 to 3 p.m. The grand opening celebration will run from 12:30 to 11 p.m.

With a $25 annual membership fee, members can rent out space in the museum for private events -- awesome stuff for homebrewers. Donations from New Glarus, MobCraft, Next Door, Vintage and Wisconsin Brewing, among others, helped get the museum going.

Best of all? The Museum has a mascot named "Hoppy."

DT Mike Panasiuk includes Wisconsin in top six

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Three-star Roselle (Lake Park), Ill., defensive tackle Mike Panasiuk has named his top six, including Wisconsin along with Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon and Penn State in no particular order.

Panasiuk, 247Sports Composite's No. 39 defensive tackle and No. 13 player from Illinois, took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin on April 12. Among his top schools, too, Michigan State and Oregon have yet to offer. You can view Panasiuk's Hudl highlights right here.

NFL.com says Bucky Badger is one of college football's 15 best mascots

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Wait, hold on. ONLY 15th? You've gotta be kidding me if there's 14 better mascots than this guy across college football.

Melvin Gordon wants No. 25 back

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When you fall asleep counting 20-plus-yard Melvin Gordon runs against Nebraska, as I often do, he's always wearing No. 25, right? Well, as the low man on the totem pole in San Diego, Gordon was forced to choose No. 28 for his fresh powder blue Chargers uniform as his preferred 25 was already taken by special teams captain Darrell Stuckey.

Earlier this week, Gordon made an offer to Stuckey to try and pry 25 away from him, but it appears his advances have been spurned as Stuckey said, "I'm 25." To his credit, and to no surprise for Badger fans, Gordon isn't giving in that easy and still plans on making another overture for the number. This is a developing story, however, so I'd hold off on any Gordon NFL jersey purchases until later in the summer.

UW target Cole Van Lanen invited to U.S. Army All-American Bowl

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Four-star Green Bay (Bay Port), Wis., offensive tackle Cole Van Lanen announced Thursday he has been invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

The game, which will once again air live on NBC, is frequently one of the top high school showcases of the season.

Van Lanen has long been linked to the Badgers as an in-state prospect, and UW does indeed hold all four of 247Sports' Crystal Ball predictions. Van Lanen is expected to decide this summer between offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State, among others.

Texans, J.J. Watt to be featured on 'Hard Knocks'

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A match made in heaven: J.J. Watt and HBO's Hard Knocks series, which will reportedly feature the Houston Texans this summer. The annual series is consistently among the best sports video productions, and getting more up-close-and-personal time with Watt is a surefire win for HBO and its viewers.

The news isn't officially official yet, so we don't have much of a graphic to share to make this short post more compelling. Instead, we'll just point you to Google video search results for Watt. Enjoy!

Wisconsin 3rd in Big Ten, 8th nationally in total revenue

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USA Today released its full financial picture for every Division I athletic department on Wednesday. Wisconsin comes in eighth nationally in the amount of money made, behind only Michigan and Ohio State in the Big Ten. You can follow the link and check out the full Big Ten picture with a breakdown of each school's expenses and subsidies over at Crimson Quarry.