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Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor is among seven Badgers on Athlon's preseason All-American team.

Wisconsin puts 7 on Athlon All-American teams; odds to make College Football Playoff

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.

Athlon All-Americans

Athlon released its 2018 preseason All-American teams and Wisconsin led the way with seven players, including running back Jonathan Taylor and tackle David Edwards on the first team.

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Odds to make the CFP

Only seven teams in the country have better odds of making the College Football Playoff this season than Wisconsin. The Las Vegas Superbook released its odds Tuesday and has installed the Badgers at 5/1 to make their first playoff appearance.

Wisconsin trending for 4-star DL

Coach Paul Chryst could be adding to his 2019 recruiting class soon. Two experts on 247Sports changed their prediction to Wisconsin for 4-star defensive lineman Rodas Johnson in the wake of his official visit to Madison last weekend.

Why Gio Paez committed

Gio Paez committed to Wisconsin despite one of his best friends and high school teammate — 3-star wide receiver Nolan Groulx — de-commiting from the Badgers earlier this year. So, why did the 3-star defensive tackle decide it was the right place for him? As he told Bucky’s 5th Quarter, it was the vibe he got on his official visit.

Top players in college football

David Edwards played quarterback in high school, started his career at Wisconsin as a tight end before moving to tackle. Now, as he enters his junior year, Edwards is considered one of the top-50 players in college football by Sports Illustrated.

Western Kentucky prepping for big challenge

The Badgers will open the season at home against Western Kentucky and will do so as 34½ point favorites. But, according to WBKO.com, Hilltoppers coach Mike Sanford didn’t need to know how big of an underdog they were and he’s fully aware of the challenge that awaits them on Aug. 31.

Freshmen get started

The basketball team won’t play a game for about five more months, but the Badgers got their workouts under way this week. That included the four members of Wisconsin’s 2018 recruiting class.

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