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Ohio State hires former Wisconsin assistant Chris Ash as co-defensive coordinator

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We knew Chris Ash was a coaching star on the rise, but damn. Does this mean we're united with Bielema now?!

Mike Bruesewitz blogs on playing in Israel

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"Most of what I took was my young-adult wardrobe, which was also selected by my mother (aka Mrs. Erickson)."

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Wisconsin opens at 40/1 odds to win 2014 College Football Playoff

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Bovada's been busy today, so this just gets the FanShot treatment. But 40/1 seems a little low, no?

McCaffrey suspended and Iowa fined

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Looks like that tirade had some additional consequences. One game suspension for Fran and a $10,000 fine to the school (which seems an odd way to do it, but maybe that's just how it's got to be done with the rules in the B1G?).

Jessie Vetter will have real gold on her mask in Sochi

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Former Badger Jessie Vetter is one of the best women's goaltenders in the world, and she'll suit up once again for the United States at the upcoming Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Apparently, Vetter will be rocking a goalie mask with real gold paint on it as well. Pretty cool if you ask me. Photo via @InGoalMedia on Twitter.

Video of the Badgers watching the Packers-Bears finish

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Poor Vonte Jackson! He's the one in the Matt Forte jersey, solemnly ducking seemingly every other member of the team after Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb for what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown vs. the Bears Sunday.

Wisconsin makes Joe Mixon's top three

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Turns out Melvin Gordon returning to Wisconsin for his junior season hasn't hurt the Badgers in the race for Joe Mixon. The five-star running back from Oakley, Calif., announced his top three via Twitter Saturday, naming Oklahoma and UCLA alongside Wisconsin, in no order. Mixon will announce his decision Jan. 4 at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Joe Mixon's top three coming soon

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We shouldn't be surprised, but the Joe Mixon speculation station is hitting full stride as his Jan. 4 decision date approaches. Friday morning, Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Hammock gave us this incredibly enticing tweet. WiscoSportsNut sure didn't enjoy it. And now, we have word from Mixon (with some emojis to boot) that a top three will be coming soon. His top four currently includes -- supposedly in no order -- UCLA, Cal, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.

Frank Kaminsky misses practice Thursday with right foot injury

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Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky missed practice Thursday with a right foot injury of unknown severity. He was not made available to the media, despite being requested. A UW spokesman did say the junior, who was sporting a walking boot, was day-to-day. Kaminsky leads the Badgers in scoring with 14.7 points per game and is undoubtedly on the shortlist the Badgers could absolutely not afford to lose for an extended period of time. Wisconsin hosts Eastern Kentucky at noon Saturday.

The Badgers are a No. 5 seed in USA TODAY's 64-team college football playoff bracket

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March Madness... in January? That's the point of this 64-team bracket cooked up by USA TODAY. Wisconsin would be the No. 5 seed in the West based on its 9-3 regular season, playing Ole Miss. That's boring compared to the real-life Capital One Bowl matchup with South Carolina. The Gamecocks, by the way, would be the No. 2 seed in the East, facing Boston College. Nine Big Ten teams made the bracket, including Maryland, which joins the fold next season.