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With running back Jonathan Taylor, the Wisconsin offense could be quite dangerous in 2018.

Plenty of optimism for Wisconsin football; QB commit Graham Mertz impresses

Wisconsin football and basketball are always the main topics in Bucky’s Breakfast, Land of 10’s daily Badgers notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Badgers sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Wisconsin football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Wisconsin in 2018

Jesse Temple has a look at what the future holds for Wisconsin on offense and defense in 2018, while Tom Oates writes the Badgers must reload on defense to remain among college football’s elite.

Also, two outlets — Sporting News and Athlon — have put out way-too-early Top 25 rankings.

Big weekend for Graham Mertz

Wisconsin 2019 quarterback commit Graham Mertz reportedly lit up the National Combine at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. He was called the top QB at the event by 247Sports Steve Wiltfong.

Getting to know QB coach Jon Budmayr

Wisconsin announced late last week that Jon Budmayr would serve as its quarterbacks coach. caught up with former Badgers signal caller and learned the injury that ended Budmayr’s playing career was actually the launching point for his coaching career.

Jared Abbrederis hanging them up

The Badgers’ No. 2 all-time leading wide receiver, Jared Abbrederis, is retiring from football after four years in the NFL.

Still waiting on Michael Deiter

And then there was one. We know that cornerback Nick Nelson has declared for the 2018 NFL Draft and that offensive lineman Beau Benzschawel and linebacker T.J. Edwards are returning for their seniors years. But the Badgers are still waiting to hear whether left tackle Michael Deiter will return or turn pro. He has until Jan. 15 to decide.

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Wisconsin women fall to Maryland

The Wisconsin women’s basketball team got crushed 72-44 by No. 13 Maryland on Sunday.

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