Wisconsin took its next big step in the new Gary Andersen regime today in the spring game. Many key players sat out the game, but the Badgers debuted their new 3-4 defensive scheme. And the offense came out throwing for a unit that needs to find a quarterback and some playmaking receivers. Here are some observations. [ RELATED: Watch today’s spring game highlights, interviews | Read Dienhart’s tweets ] 1. The offense came out flinging it. Made sense, considering this was the worst passing attack in the Big Ten last season. The results were mostly good behind a stripped down
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart was in Madison, Wis., for Wisconsin’s spring game Saturday afternoon. Dienhart joined the telecast during the second half to offer his thoughts on the new-look Badgers. Watch Dienhart’s segment with the BTN crew now and get his tweets from the game in this post. Will be interested to see the revised defense, which is now a 3-4 base with myriad pressure packages. Should be a very good unit. #Badgers — Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) April 20, 2013 #Badgers offense? It has some issues. QB situation needs clarity; scarcity of playmakers on the edge; line lacks depth.
The Wisconsin spring game was played Saturday afternoon on BTN/BTN2Go at Camp Randall Stadium. Watch all the game’s best plays and other notable moments in this post. Remember: All of our Spring Football video clips can be found in our BTN.com video vault. Watch the clips below. HIGHLIGHTS Wisconsin dance-off montage: Melvin Gordon takes it in for a touchdown: Wisconsin punt return drill: INTERVIEWS Gary Andersen pregame sideline interview: James White sideline interview: Gary Andersen wired: Montee Ball sideline interview: Barry Alvarez halftime interview: Chris Borland sideline interview: Curt Phillips postgame interview: Joel Stave postgame interview: Gary Andersen postgame interview:
Wisconsin begins a new era after Gary Andersen was hired from Utah State as the Badgers program’s third coach since 1990. Andersen inherited a full cupboard after Bret Bielema bolted for Arkansas, so the new coach’s task is a bit easier as he pursues the program’s fourth Big Ten title in a row. But issues must be settled, beginning with the quarterback and secondary. Some work was accomplished this spring, but more remains. BTN provides live coverage of Wisconsin’s spring game at 5 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN/BTN2Go only. I’ll be in Madison for this game and you can follow
Wisconsin hosts its annual spring game at 5 p.m. ET Saturday live on BTN/BTN2Go. That, of course, means college football fans will get their first look at how the Badgers may operate in 2013 under new coach Gary Andersen. To preview Saturday’s spring game, Gerry DiNardo sat down with Andersen to discuss Wisconsin’s proud power running game, plus much more. Watch the full interview. [ RELATED: Get all of BTN.com’s Big Ten spring football coverage ] Looking for Wisconsin’s 2013 schedule? Here you go: Day Date Opponent Time TV Result Sat. Aug. 31 vs. Massachusetts TBA Sat. Sep. 7 vs.
How far does Urban Meyer think his front seven has come on defense? What challenges are on the horizon for Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and his offense? Want to hear Purdue’s Darrell Hazell describe how his staff has come together? Listen to the latest Big Ten Conference teleconferences as each of the 12 Big Ten football coach and a selected player answer questions from the reporters covering their teams as the spring football season rolls on. If you’re not familiar, we post these weekly teleconferences during the season. Find previous posts here for some examples. We’ll do it again this
The BTN Big 10K event in Chicago is back, and it’s on Saturday, July 27. This year’s race will be televised on the Big Ten Network so dress up in your favorite school colors and compete for your Big Ten team in the 10K race or 5K run/walk. Register at www.btnbig10k.com to make sure you get your school-themed race shirt – see the shirts in this post. Here are the shirts. And if you’re on Facebook, check out the race page at www.facebook.com/BTNBig10k. Afterward, kick-off the college football season in style with thousands of Big Ten fans at the ultimate
Spring football is in full bloom in the Big Ten, from Lincoln to State College. Many issues must be decided between the conclusion of spring drills and the start of the season. But, most won’t be resolved until fall camp. Until then, here are the 18—yes, 18–biggest Big Ten spring questions. 1. How will the Michigan offense look with Denard Robinson gone? We got an extended peak last season, when Robinson dealt with injury that forced Devin Gardner to take the controls. And, the results were promising. Coordinator Al Borges will implement more of his pro- and West Coast-style, taking
In Monday’s web-only “Football Report” segment, BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith offered their thoughts on how Wisconsin should handle its quarterback situation. The Badgers, of course, return all three signal-callers who saw time under center last season – Danny O’Brien. Curt Phillips and Joel Stave – in addition to redshirt freshman Bart Houston. Hear our analysts’ suggestions in this video. And check out last month’s “Football Report” interview with Gary Andersen:
Strength of schedule figures to be a big component of the criteria used to determine who will play in the coming four-team playoff in 2014. To that end, Wisconsin’s 2015 slate will get a big boost from having a game with Alabama on its slate. The school announced Wednesday that it will play the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide on Sept. 5, 2015, in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Alabama beat Michigan in the same venue to open the 2012 season. By 2015, Big Ten schools may be playing nine league games, making this a rugged slate for Wisconsin.