Last Saturday, the Badgers won their last Big Ten game against Northwestern, taking advantage of 7 turnovers in scoring 70 points, the third time this year the Badgers have scored 70 or more points in a football game. The game earned Scott Tolzien & J.J. Watt player of the week honors and capped an amazing season for the Badgers! This may possibly be the best Badger football team ever!
When the fans stormed the field after Saturday’s game, it eliminated the possibility of an on-field Big Ten Champions award ceremony, as well as the fifth quarter. So the Badgers moved the award ceremony into the locker room. To get an intimate look at the Badgers’ reaction to winning the Big Ten trophy, go to:
Near the end of the celebration, a Rose Bowl rep brings in a bouquet of roses and says “I'll think we'll be seeing you in Pasadena.”
On Sunday, it was announced that the Badgers had moved up to #5 in the BCS rankings, behind Oregon, Auburn, TCU, and Stanford. With the Big Ten not playing any games this week, it’s highly doubtful that OSU would move ahead of the Badgers in this Sunday’s final BCS rankings. So it looks like the only thing that might upset a Rose Bowl berth would be if Oregon or Auburn would lose this weekend. That could throw a major curve into the current bowl scenarios, which indicate that Wisconsin will take on TCU in the Rose Bowl. Tune in to the BCS show on Sunday night to learn the Badgers’ ultimate fate.
This Week’s Honors:
- Senior left tackle Gabe Carimi was named Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and running back James White earned consensus Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors from the Big Ten Conference
- Wisconsin had five players earn first-team All-Big Ten honors. Joining Carimi as consensus selections (both coaches and media) were senior tight end Lance Kendricks, senior left guard John Moffitt and junior defensive end J.J. Watt. Junior cornerback Antonio Fenelus was a first-team selection by the media and an honorable mention choice by the coaches.
- Junior running back John Clay, a Doak Walker Award finalist, was a consensus second-team All-Big Ten choice. Joining him on the coaches second team were senior quarterback Scott Tolzien and junior free safety Aaron Henry. Both Tolzien and Henry were honorable mention choices by the media.
- Seven Badgers were named consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten, including sophomore running back Montee Ball, sophomore center Peter Konz, senior linebacker Blake Sorensen, sophomore linebacker Mike Taylor, sophomore right tackle Ricky Wagner, junior kicker Philip Welch and junior right guard Kevin Zeitler. In addition, senior cornerback Niles Brinkley and senior offensive lineman Bill Nagy were honorable mention choices by the coaches.
- Junior defensive end J.J. Watt has been selected as one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award. The honor is given annually to the nation’s top defensive end.
- Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst has been named one of five finalists for the 2010 Broyles Award. The award goes to the top assistant coach in the nation.
- Senior tight end Lance Kendricks and senior left tackle Gabe Carimi have been named to the 2010 FBS American Football Coaches Association Coaches’ All-America Team.
Did you hear Scott Tolzien speaking with Scott Van Pelt on his ESPN radio show on Tuesday afternoon? If not, you can hear it here: Tolzien
Tolzien takes a humble approach to discussing the Badgers’ journey this year. Tolzien is a great, well-spoken representative of the UW!
And speaking of ESPN, Bret Bielema spent much of the day today (Thursday) in Bristol, making sure the Badgers continue to get a lot of media attention during this off week. Doesn’t hurt to solidify that BCS bowl standing by making sure that the voters don’t forget about us! Here’s the link to Bret’s appearance on ESPN’s First Take (look under the “Video” heading:
And here’s the podcast of Bret’s appearance on the Scott Van Pelt show:
More love for Madison and Wisconsin from Bret and Scott….
I’m sitting tight to see what this weekend’s games bring… Who knows, come Monday morning, I may be checking Stubhub and airline schedules (along with a zillion other Badger fans)….