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Saturday will be a day filled with mixed emotions throughout the University of Wisconsin’s college campus. Chris Borland will be playing his final home game as a Badger. It’s the sad reality of the situation, even though we don’t want it to happen. For the last four years, Badgers fans have been blessed with the luxury of seeing Borland play on Saturdays. Yet they all knew this day would come. The same way parents know that one day their kids will move out of the house, create a new college experience, and one day build a family of their own.
Who’s the best linebacker in the Big Ten? Is it Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier? Michigan State’s Max Bullough or Denicos Allen? How about one of Iowa’s guys: James Morris, Anthony Hitchens or Christian Kirksey? Maybe Illinois’ Jonathan Brown, Penn State’s Glenn Carson or Northwestern’s Chi Chi Ariguzo? Nah, it’s Wisconsin’s Chris Borland. The 5-11, 246-pound Kettering, Ohio, native is a whirling dervish who plays like his hair is on fire. No doubt, being told he was “too short,” “too slow” or “too this or that” over the years has fueled Borland’s fire and chiseled his will to succeed. The senior
The Big Ten Conference released its weekly Football Players of the Week on Monday for Nov 19 games. See the winners in this post. Co-Offensive Players of the Week: Montee Ball, Wisconsin, Jr., RB, Wentzvile, Mo./Timberland • Rushed for two scores and added another on the receiving end to bring his season total to a Big Ten record 30 touchdowns, becoming just the fifth player in FBS history to score 30 or more touchdowns in a season • Recorded career highs in rushes (38) and yards (224) in Wisconsin’s come-from-behind win over Illinois on Saturday • Produced most of his