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Wisco Wednesday… On A Thursday: Free Agent QB Arrives in Madison

Free Agency in CFB. Does anyone sit anymore? Who is QB #1 in Madison? Wisconsin fans, you’ve seen this story before. You were just on the other side of it. Graham Mertz was a 4* QB fans thought would elevate the program. He showed promise in year 1, regressed in years 2 and 3, and eventually became a turnover machine that Badger fans couldn’t wait to run out of town. His time in Madison ended with him transferring to Florida to...

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Wisco Wednesday: Transfer Portal Open Season

The Transfer Portal is Open. A Camp Randall Update. Fullbacks are People Too. WR Exodus The transfer portal is open, and that means some Badgers are...

B1G Bowl Games Announced

Dates, Locations, and Opponents Are Set. In a normal year, there are a lot of B1G vs SEC bowl games. This year, there are even more...

Tolly Predictions: B1G Bowl Games

Who Goes Where? Who Plays Who? These predictions are based on 4 things. Internet Rumors My Conference Title Game Predictions Gut Feeling Recent B1G Bowl Trends The B1G has...

Wisco Wednesday: A Good Ending to a Bad Season

The Ax is Back Home, But This is Not the Season Wisconsin Wanted Back in August. Looking Back: The Hurry-Up Raid Works Wisconsin 28 Minnesota 14 The Offense...

Tolly Predictions: CFB Conference Title Games – P5 Edition

The Post Season Has Begun, It’s Time to Crown Some Champions. The outcome of these games will determine who makes the final iteration of the 4...

Tolly Predictions: CFB Conference Title Games – G5 Edition

The Post Season Has Begun, It’s Time to Crown Some Champions. The outcome of these games will not determine who makes the final iteration of the...

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Wisco Wednesday: Rivalry Week

Down With Big Red. Down a Few Good Men for The Ax. Just One More Win. Last Saturday was incredible. Nebraska has still never possessed the Freedom Trophy in the Wisco-Nebraska series. Now it’s time to put a 2nd trophy in the case this week. Win the ax, and some interesting...

Why 5-7 is Good Enough to Go Bowling

There are 41 total Bowl Games with 82 spots available. Yes, certain conferences have tie-ins to certain bowls, But 82 is the number that matters. Teams can play in bowls not associated with their conference to make everything work. They just need 82 teams that have 6+ wins. If all...

The Penultimate Weekend – Week 12 Picks

SEC West Cupcake Week, My Picks For This Week, It’s Almost Over You want game picks? Well, I’ve got game picks. I’ve got more picks than I’ve done for any week all season. I also have a short rant about some certain teams scheduling practices that I need to get off...

SEC Black Monday Came Early: 1 Game Played = 2 Coaches Fired

Usually, a coach gets fired mid-season after an embarrassing loss or a train wreck string of ineptitude and obvious regression. But something strange happened last Saturday. 2 SEC teams played; the score was 51-10, and both coaches were fired following the game. Put another way: Texas A&M beat Mississippi State 51-10...

Wisco Wednesday: Rock Bottom And Still Digging

Is The Bowl Streak in Jeopardy? What About Nebraska Feels So Familiar? There has to be 1 goal at this point: save the bowl streak. That means getting 1 more win in the last 2 games. I think Bucky can do it, but I also thought he would handle Indiana...

A Pipe Dream: The B1G West is Still Open… Barely

We don’t say #BuckyByAMillion for nothing around here. No matter how bad it gets, if there’s a sliver of hope we’ll find it and cling to it. Wisconsin can still win the Big Ten West #NotDeadYet Well, actually no one is dead yet. (Except Purdue sorry spoilermakers, boiler down). Yes, that means Minnesota...

3 Weeks Left – Week 11 Picks

Just Picks, no more, no less I didn’t have the time or energy to do a preview piece this week. That’s on me. But, I do still want to put out game picks for the week to be consistent on that front. This is a super short article that is really...

Wisco Wednesday: Oh No

Was That The Real Badgers? Am I Actually Scared of Northwestern? So I guess the Badgers are actually bad. How can a team that hung with Ohio State till the 4th quarter get beat by the worst team in the Big Ten. The short answer: Injuries and Coaching. The coaching part...

Will OU and UT Leave the Big 12 On Top? – Week 10 Preview

The Last Bedlam, SEC division races, Pac-12 Quarterback Showdown. This is the Big 12’s week to shine. The top 6 teams in the conference all play each other, and 5 of the 6 only have 1 conference loss so far. Who is going to the Big 12 title game is likely...

Wisco Wednesday: Moving On

Mistakes and Bad Luck Against OSU. Some Michigan Thoughts. I Pity Wisconsin’s next Opponent. This is a weird Wisco Wednesday piece if I’m being honest. The meat is in the middle where I look at what’s going on around the rest of the B1G. I don’t have as many thoughts...

Is it a Quiet Week? Or Will Some Big Upsets Hit? – Week 9 Preview

A Pac-12 Elimination Game, A Possible Upset in the Big 12, and An ACC Matchup with Title Implications. It’s not the greatest college football weekend if we're being honest here. I’ll be watching games, but there is no national needle mover like OSU-PSU or Bama-Texas. In a normal year that game...

Wisco Wednesday: Hope is a Dangerous Thing

A Resilient Road Comeback. An OG Braelon Performance. Madison’s Super Bowl Saturday. It feels better to be a Badger fan right now than it has in a long long time. Going into the 2021 season felt kinda like this, but Wisco was 1-3 by week 4. 2019 felt like this...

Tolly’s Top 25 – Post Week 8

My ballot for the AP Top 25 - If they let me have one I have some short explanations for my picks in groups of 5 from 1 to 25. Then, at the bottom, I have the top 40 all in one list with the AP rankings in parentheses. As usual...

What to Watch by Conference – Week 8 Preview

The 1st B1G game, The 3rd Saturday in Oct., and what’s good in the other Conferences. Week 8 of College football is here. We are well past the halfway point and getting into the meat of conference schedules. With conference play dominating the schedule in week 8, I decided that is...

Wisco Wednesday: The Badgers are Down Bad

Mordecai went down. The defense gave up only 13, but the offense couldn’t score. Wisconsin is way behind schedule in Fickell’s year 1. Fickell’s first season as HC had 1 very clear and attainable goal. Win the division in the last year of its existence, and build on that success...

Tolly’s Top 25 – Post Week 7

My ballot for the AP Top 25 - If they let me have one I have some short explanations for my picks in groups of 5 from 1 to 25. Then, at the bottom, I have the top 25 all in one list with the AP rankings in parentheses. I’m closer...

Time for the B1G… I Mean Pac-12, to Shine. – Week 7 Preview

Offense #1 vs Offense #2, USC’s first real test, and A West Championship Game. It’s the Pac-12’s week to dominate the CFB landscape. The top 2 teams in the conference have a record setting showdown in the PNW. USC gets to show the country if they can win against good teams...

Wisco Wednesday: Might the Badgers Actually be Good? 

Still undefeated all time vs. Rutgers. The first team to 15 points wins this week. Mordecai can run now? The Badgers play the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday. It’s easily the most important game of the season. I know they play Ohio State too, but no one is expecting Fickell to win...

2 Loss Saban or 2 Loss Fisher, Who Needs the Win More? – Week 6 Preview

The Red River Shootout, B1G Noon, and SEC Ranked vs. Ranked action. Why must all good things be at 11 AM? It’s an SEC heavy week, so don’t make any Saturday plans with your buddies down south - unless of course football is involved. Not only are there 3 big SEC...

Wisco Wednesday: Homecoming, There’s No Way Bucky Can Screw Up a Party

What’s a Peacock? Iowa won with Wisco’s leftovers. Rutgers for Homecoming, maybe not my first choice. Watch out Rutgers, this Wisconsin team had an extra week to prepare and isn’t satisfied with their results so far. They may be itching to make an example of someone. And Badgers, this isn’t the...

We Will Watch Deion, Win or Lose – Week 5 Preview

The basketball schools dominate my CFB viewing plans. There are some upset possibilities this week. Even when Deion loses he’s still winning. Going into the season, I wrote about the games I thought would be the best in week 5. I was on the right path but missed the mark...

Wisco Wednesday: Time for a Break

Wisconsin is the Lord of the Flies. Purdue wasn’t much of a threat. The Best QBs in the B1G are out West. The Badgers handled business on Friday night, time for a long break before Homecoming. With next weekend being a bye week, I won’t have a game preview at the...

Saturday, Saban, and Sanders, Everything You Want and More – Week 4 Preview

What is it about a little number next to a team name that makes us want to watch them more? Texas at Alabama was the most anticipated game of the year - that can’t be disputed. But, week 4 is definitely the best full weekend of the year so far. And...

Wisco Wednesday: Ready or Not, Here Comes B1G Football

So how about that Defense? At least the “No Turnovers” streak is over. Ready or not should be the expression of the week. Wisconsin has better players than Purdue. But, based on what we saw over the first 3 weeks, the Badgers do not look ready to go on the road...

Tolly’s Top 25 – Post Week 3

My ballot for the AP Top 25 - If they let me have one I have some short explanations for my picks in groups of 5 from 1 to 25. Then, at the bottom, I have a list of 1-40. I went 40 deep to show what my personal “others receiving...

Will Upsets Strike on a Quiet Week? – Week 3 Preview

Week 2 delivered some chart topping hits. Week 3 is more so the deep cuts. A lot of casuals will watch their team play this weekend, or nothing at all. There is no Texas - Bama, FSU - LSU, or Colorado - any decent team to get first billing this...

Wisco Wednesday: How Will The Badgers Respond?

I told them to run the ball, but they just wouldn’t listen. Last weekend was not a fun time to be a Badger fan. All that offseason excitement and optimism came crashing down as Wisconsin lost its 1st real game of the year. All due respect to Buffalo, but a...

Doubt Saban at Your Own Peril – CFB Week 2 Recap

Pac-12 Supremacy, SEC slump, B1G check-in, and Tolly’s Top 25. Who is the best conference? A common, fun debate among college football fans that has consistently ended with the SEC on top for the last 15 years. Sometimes the B1G has an argument, but they have generally played second fiddle to...

Deion Round 2? SEC Bounce Back? – WOF Week 2 Preview

Last week, most of the favorites won. It’s time for things to get crazy in Week 2. Well, I was pleasantly whelmed for most of the week 1 action. But there were definitely some upsets that kept things interesting. Deion gets first billing, but Duke wasn’t far behind. And don’t forget...

Wisco Wednesday: I Have Concerns

Everything is different, yet nothing has changed. Run the damn ball. Wisco Wednesday will have a consistent format for most of the season. I’ll start by looking back at what Wisconsin did the previous week. We might also touch on some other games that are of interest to Badger fans. Then...

Tolly’s Top 25 – Week 1

My ballot for the AP Top 25 - If they let me have one. It’s been awhile, but I’m back now. Labor Day was a holiday for me too. I have a lot to say about some of the week one games. I’ll touch on some of them here, and I’ll...

Wisco Wednesday: Week 1 Preview

Big Fick debuts vs. the Buffalo Bulls in Mad Town. The start of an era. Not nearly as intimidating as the Bills, the Bulls are a middle of the road team in the Mid-American Conference that also resides in Buffalo, NY. There is a lot of interest in the new offense...

CFB is Back Baby – Week 1 Preview

No one knows anything. Everything is possible. It must be week 1. There’s not much more to say than that, right? We think we know who’s good. But every year top 10 teams finish unranked, and a few unranked teams make their way into the top 15. (Or the all the...

Tolly Predictions: Playoffs? We talking Playoffs?

Who is making the 2023 CFP? Why I think I just might know. College football is about Saturdays, it’s about rivalries, it’s a sport where the regular season matters more than the postseason for now. That said, many of us are still looking forward to the CFP to watch the best...

Week 0 Just Happened

What the heck was that? Why was there football yesterday? Isn’t week 1 next weekend? Week 0 is an honored college football tradition dating all the way back to *checks Wikipedia* 2017 or 1983? Like everything involving the NCAA, there are a multitude of complex rules, rule changes, and weird decisions...

Tolly Predictions: What to Expect From the Pac-12 (Bottom Half)

Who is at the bottom in the Pac-12? What will the order of finish be? Who is making a bowl game? These will be my record predictions for the Pac-12. I will list every game for the predictions, but the primary takeaway should be the final record. We will also compare...

Tolly Predictions: What to Expect From the Pac-12

Who is winning the Pac-12? What will the order of finish be? Who is making a bowl game? These will be my record predictions for the Pac-12. I will list every game for the predictions, but the primary takeaway should be the final record. We will also compare my predictions to...

Tolly Predictions: What to Expect From the SEC West

Who is winning the West? What will the order of finish be? Who is making a bowl game? These will be my record predictions for the SEC West. I will list every game for the predictions, but the primary takeaway should be the final record. We will also compare my predictions...

Tolly Predictions: What to Expect From the SEC East

Who is winning the East? What will the order of finish be? Who is making a bowl game? These will be my record predictions for the SEC East. I will list every game for the predictions, but the primary takeaway should be the final record. We will also compare my predictions...

Tolly Predictions: What to Expect From the Big 12 (Bottom Half)

Who is at the bottom of the Big 12? What will the order of finish be? Who is making a bowl game? These will be my record predictions for the Big 12. I will list every game for the predictions, but the primary takeaway should be the final record. We will...

Tolly Predictions: What to Expect From the Big 12

Who is winning the Big 12? What will the order of finish be? Who is making a bowl game? These will be my record predictions for the Big 12. I will list every game for the predictions, but the primary takeaway should be the final record. We will also compare my...

Tolly Predictions: What to Expect From the ACC

Who is winning the ACC? What will the order of finish be? Who is making a bowl game? These will be my record predictions for the ACC. I will list every game for the predictions, but the primary takeaway should be the final record. We will also compare my predictions to...

Tolly Predictions: What to Expect From the ACC (Bottom half)

Who is at the bottom of the ACC? What will the order of finish be? Who is making a bowl game? What about Notre Dame (who plays 6 ACC teams)? These will be my record predictions for the back half of the ACC AND Notre Dame. I will list every game...

Projecting the biggest CFB games of 2023: Week 13

This is the 13th and final part of a series where I go week by week ranking what I expect to be the biggest games in college football. For a longer description of what this series is, start with part 1 here! Rivalry Week is full of great games. There are...

Wisco Wednesday: Badger Camp Updates

How are things going in fall camp? Here are some updates and thoughts on the Badgers as the season approaches. This will be a shorter Wisco Wednesday piece. Some things have changed since our depth chart analysis pieces, and we need to talk about it. Panic! At The TE Room As far...

Projecting the biggest CFB games of 2023: Week 12

This is Part 12 of a series where I go week by week ranking what I expect to be the biggest games in college football. For a longer description of what this series is, start with part 1 here! Three Big Ten teams are featured this week, they just aren’t in...

Projecting the biggest CFB games of 2023: Week 11

This is Part 11 of a series where I go week by week ranking what I expect to be the biggest games in college football. For a longer description of what this series is, start with part 1 here! The Pac-12 has become a staple on this series, and they will...

Tolly’s Top 25 – Preseason 2023

My ballot for the AP Top 25 - If they let me have one. If the AP Top 25 let me have a ballot, this is how mine would look. It’s a ranking, not a power rating. But in the preseason, rankings are irrelevant. So it will have some power rating...

Projecting the biggest CFB games of 2023: Week 10

This is Part 10 of a series where I go week by week ranking what I expect to be the biggest games in college football. For a longer description of what this series is, start with part 1 here! A rare week 10 non-conference game makes this list. And the top...

Wisco Wednesday – Tolly Predicts: What to Expect From The B1G West – A WOF Series Crossover

Who is winning the West? What will the order of finish be? Who is making a bowl game? These will be my record predictions for the Big Ten West. I will list every game for the predictions, but the primary takeaway should be the final record. We will also compare my...

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