Chris Borland gets his 1st career interceptions


UPDATE: Borland got his second interception after he caught a tipped pass at the goal line. The play came on a 4th-and-4 from the 49ers' 4-yard line, and was probably the Giants' last chance to come back from a 16-10 deficit. Have a day, Chris. | Welcome to the NFL, Chris Borland. Your latest point of initiation: intercepting an Eli Manning pass. Here, Borland dropped back in coverage on fellow rookie Odell Beckham Jr., before jumping the route and even taking the eventual Giants tackler a few yards before going down. It's his first career interception, and also just the latest bit of NFL brilliance from the former Badgers stud. (h/t Imgur

Chris Borland was at it again Sunday


He did it again, folks. Chris Borland led the San Francisco 49ers in tackles and tackles for loss on Sunday, 17 and two, respectively. The biggest number, though, was one: that's the number of game-saving Chris Borland Hustle Plays the former Wisconsin linebacker made. He recovered a Drew Breese fumble off a strip by Ahmad Brooks in overtime, setting the stage for Phil Dawson's game-winning field goal. You can see the play here; Borland was literally on the ground when Breese fumbled. He quickly got to his feet, sought out the loose ball and torpedoed toward it. Man, it's so awesome seeing Borland thrive like this two weeks in a row.

Wisconsin opens as 6-point favorite on Nebraska

Wisconsin opens as a 4-to-6-point favorite over Nebraska, according to various sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. 5Dimes and BetOnline have the Badgers as six-point favorites for Saturday's game, but while OddsShark has UW at four points. Game time and TV info was also set this weekend -- as expected, the huge battle for positioning in the Big Ten West will get a national audience on ABC.

Frank Kaminsky gets Sports Illustrated cover


Here's Frank Kaminsky on the regional Sports Illustrated college basketball season preview issue. Inside is a feature on Kaminsky and the Badgers by the great Luke Winn.

Wisconsin wearing red helmets vs. Rutgers


The red helmets are here again. The Badgers will be sporting these babies today vs. Rutgers. Kickoff is at 11 a.m.; we'll have the game thread up around 10:45. (h/t @BadgerFootball)

Hodor bringing 'Rave of Thrones' to Madison


Kristian Nairn is an actor who plays Hodor on Game of Thrones, that HBO show you guys won't stop talking about! This Cap Times writeup tells me that he just says his name over and over, and I'm now wondering if Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot is just one big, fat rip-off.

ANYWAY, it turns out that Nairn is a very popular DJ who will be playing a dance party at the Majestic Theatre in Madison on Feb. 25. Yes, it will be called "Rave of Thrones." Tickets went on sale this morning, and if they're not sold out already, they're $15 and also will allow you to see DJ Lovecraft.

Austin Kafentzis in Madison for official visit


Here's Austin Kafentzis on his official visit to Madison on Saturday. The Sandy (Jordan), Utah, quarterback commit is in town with a slew of other recruits, and now Badgers fans can get a glimpse of the one that could very well become UW's quarterback of the future. Also, you gotta admit it's kinda funny they gave him Joel Stave's No. 2 to try on. (h/t @kylekafentzis)

Michigan Tech goalie has Pi on his mask


Michigan Tech goaltender Jamie Phillips has Pi on his goalie mask for this upcoming season. Be honest, are you really that surprised? Techies being Techies. Image via @JamiePhillips31

Wisconsin fans take over Evanston

This photo comes from B5Q's Drew Hamm, who's currently pregaming at Bluestone in Evanston, apparently the closest bar to Ryan Field. Drew has a few highly entertaining tweets from the tailgating scene there -- safe to say, there are way more Wisconsin fans (and a few Georgia people?) on site than there are for Northwestern.