Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Tremendous Badger football linkfest here!

Take a couple days off, allow the Big Ten media days to begin, and what do you get? Backlog! Lots of stuff to address ...

First is the non-platitude stuff, which is to say, actual news. The Badgers picked up a verbal commitment from Milwaukee Riverside offensive lineman Brandon Brooks. Of some concern is the fact that the only other school that seemed to know of his existence was Boston College. However, this may have resulted from the fact that he didn't attend many camps.

Get to know Bret Bielema! He's young! And funny! And he wants to play tough out-of-conference opponents in the future! And he has small-town roots! And he's surprising! And he learned life lessons on the farm!

So, how many games will his team win?

As expected, the Badgers will rely on the contributions of three freshman receivers: Xavier Harris, Isaac Anderson, and Lance Kendricks.

The Wisconsin State Journal is previewing the Badgers position by position. See what they have to say about the quarterbacks, tight ends (more here), and linebackers.

The media have picked Ohio State to be conference champions. Way to go out on a limb.

And finally, some tidbits on moving some freshmen around.