Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook honored for big game, Northwestern time set, not everyone sold on Badgers
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Honor for Alex Hornibrook
Alex Hornibrook put up one of the best days a Wisconsin quarterback ever had in a 40-6 win against BYU on Saturday. On Monday, the sophomore was awarded for his record-setting performance by being named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the second straight week a Badgers player was honored.
Game time set for Wisconsin-Northwestern
Wisconsin will open its Big Ten slate against Northwestern at noon ET on Sept. 30, the school announced Monday.
Sports Illustrated takes wait-and-see approach
Wisconsin hasn’t necessarily played the toughest schedule to this point in the season, so despite the Badgers outscoring their first three opponents 130-30, many aren’t buying coach Paul Chryst’s team just yet. That includes Sports Illustrated, which lists Wisconsin among several programs that are undefeated but still unproven.
Wisconsin fans good for the bottom line
The Badgers fans who descended on the only two bars in Provo, Utah, last weekend before the BYU game didn’t drink them out of all of their alcohol, but they did provide both establishments with their best-ever weekend sales.
New preferred walk-on for 2018
About a week after his brother Leo accepted a scholarship offer from Wisconsin for the Class of 2019, John Chenal agreed to be a part of the Badgers’ 2018 class as a preferred walk-on.
Thank you to Coach Chryst for visiting the school today! Excited to announce that I have taken a PWO offer to play for the Badgers! ⚪️🔴 pic.twitter.com/s0rQZMaM1y
— John Chenal (@JohnChenal) September 18, 2017
Outside linebacker trio stepping up
Quite a few people were worried about how the Badgers were going to fill their outside linebacker spots after losing a pair of NFL draft picks in T.J. Watt and Vince Biegel. As Jesse Temple writes, the trio of Leon Jacobs, Garret Dooley and Andrew Van Ginkel have filled in just fine in the first three games of the season.
Michael Finley was a special talent
Former Wisconsin star Michael Finley is sometimes forgotten by fans, largely because he came along before what has become the golden age of the Badgers program. But Finley, who left the school as its all-time leader in points, was a fantastic college and pro player that hasn’t gotten his due. One guy — Sam Guertler of MavsMoneyball.com — is trying to change that and believes Finley’s number should be retired in Dallas.
Wisconsin volleyball stays put
The Badgers are undefeated and have lost just one of 22 sets so far in a 9-0 start this season. Those results kept Wisconsin at No. 5 in the latest coaches’ poll.
Coaches tab Minnesota as favorite in Big Ten hockey
Perennial Big Ten power Minnesota and conference newcomer Notre Dame were ranked 1-2 in the preseason coaches’ poll. The Badgers were pegged at No. 3, with defending conference tournament champion Penn State at No. 4.
Meanwhile, the Wisconsin women were ranked No. 2 in the USCHO.com preseason rankings released on Monday.
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