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Wisconsin's defense has had a lot to celebrate in recent years against Iowa.

Why Wisconsin defense has owned Iowa; Badgers confident about title aspirations

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.

Why Wisconsin’s defense has owned Iowa

Since moving to a 3-4 defense in 2013, Wisconsin has largely owned Iowa on offense, especially the last two seasons. Our Scott Dochterman did a deep dive on why the Badgers have dominated the Hawkeyes on that side of the ball.

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Striving for a national title

Wisconsin has never won a national title in football, but many think the Badgers have a chance to compete for one this fall. That includes the players on the team, who haven’t been shy in stating their goal for all to hear.

Quintez Cephus at the top

You wouldn’t have known it by the way Wisconsin’s offense largely didn’t miss a beat, but the loss of Quintez Cephus to a broken leg last November was significant. That’s clear to see by this stat from Pro Football Focus that shows a healthy Cephus is among the best players to throw to in the country.

Wisconsin, Notre Dame set to do battle

Wisconsin and Notre Dame will play each other in 2020 and 2021, but another battle is playing out on the recruiting trail in the Class of 2019. Three of the Badgers’ highest-rated commits — quarterback Graham Mertz, running back Julius Davis and offensive lineman Joe Tippmann — have caught the eye of the Irish.

Irreplaceable players in college football

The Badgers lost a lot of talent on defense after last season, making the return of linebacker T.J. Edwards that much more important. So important, in fact, 247Sports lists him among the 18 most irreplaceable players in college football.

Nick Nelson a steal for Oakland

A knee injury pushed cornerback Nick Nelson down some NFL draft boards, forcing him to wait until the fourth round to be taken by the Oakland Raiders. But many, including NBCBayArea.com, are realizing he might end up being a steal for the team.

Former player sets sights on NCAA

According to WORT-FM in Madison, former Wisconsin walk-on Tony Megna is expected to join a lawsuit against the NCAA that alleges the organization knew about the long-term impact of repeated head injuries and failed to protect the players.

Garding Against Cancer event

Wisconsin coach Greg Gard held his second annual Garding Against Cancer signature event earlier in May. UWBadgers.com put together a video recapping the night that raised $780,000.

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