Wisconsin in ESPN’s Football Power Index; remembering Badgers’ Final Four upset of Kentucky
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.
ESPN’s FPI predicts Wisconsin’s record
Wisconsin won 13 games last season, the most in school history. So how many will the Badgers win this year? ESPN’s Football Power Index predicted their record.
The FPI also gave coach Paul Chryst’s team the second-best chance to win the Big Ten this fall.
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Reliving the win over Kentucky
Wednesday marked the three-year anniversary of Wisconsin’s upset victory over an unbeaten Kentucky team in the Final Four. To commemorate it, the Badgers’ Twitter feed recounted the day from the early morning shoot-around to the raucous post-game scene at the team hotel.
We open up our fan mailbag to answer questions on potential graduate transfers for basketball, the most important new starter on Wisconsin’s defense and where the Badgers stand in several hoops recruiting battles.
Alex Hornibrook leading the way
No one is perfect, but that hasn’t stopped Badgers’ quarterback Alex Hornibrook from trying to be. Here’s Jesse Temple on the junior’s eagerness to improve and how the mindset of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady factors in.
Tight ends looking to fill a void
Troy Fumagalli was one of the most productive tight ends in Wisconsin history, so replacing him won’t be easy. But, according to Jason Galloway at Madison.com, the Badgers have some attractive options.
Donte Burton settling in
One of several early enrollees, cornerback Donte Burton has settled into the college life nicely and is pushing for playing time in the Badgers secondary.
Special cause for Alvarez family
In June, Gilda’s Club Madison will celebrate 10 years of offering cancer support for the area. A large reason for its success and impact on the community is thanks to Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez and his family. Mike Lucas at UWBadgers.com has that story.
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