MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin coach Luke Fickell spent much of his first day on the job speaking to his new players, knowing many of them had hoped this search would have a different outcome.
Wisconsin is bringing Cincinnati's Luke Fickell back to the Big Ten.
Athletic director Chris McIntosh announced Sunday that the Badgers had hired Fickell to take over their football program after his successful run with the Bearcats.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck understood one of his major assignments upon taking this job was to alter the balance of power in the Gophers’ rivalry with Wisconsin.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin won’t have leading rusher Braelon Allen available for the Badgers’ regular-season finale Saturday with Minnesota.
The Badgers’ pregame status report lists Allen as out due to an injured right leg.
Wisconsin season-ticket holder Kim Heiman had heard all the stories about the drawbacks of sitting in end zone seats.
He realized the potential viewing obstructions that come from sitting behind a goal post.
Minnesota (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (6-5, 4-4), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Wisconsin by 3
WHITEWATER, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin-Whitewater coach Kevin Bullis has retired after posting a 78-13 record in seven seasons at the Division III program, school officials announced Tuesday.
Wisconsin-Whitewater was an NCAA Division III runner-up under Bullis in 2019 and lost in the semifinals in 2015, 2018 and 2021.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Wisconsin team that has endured the midseason firing of its head coach and the death of a former teammate let its emotions spill out as groups of players gathered near midfield at Memorial Stadium to celebrate and pose for pictures with the Freedom Trophy.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin interim head coach Jim Leonhard said Thursday his players are still grieving the loss of former Badgers receiver Devin Chandler and believes it might keep some from being focused enough to play Saturday at Nebraska.
Wisconsin (5-5, 3-4 Big Ten) at Nebraska (3-7, 2-5), Saturday, noon ET (ESPN)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Wisconsin by 12 1/2.
Iowa (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) at Minnesota (7-3, 4-3), 4 p.m. EST (Fox)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Minnesota by 2 1/2.
Things to watch during Week 12 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Illinois (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) at No. 3 Michigan (10-0, 7-0, No. 3 CFP)
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Cooper DeJean returned an interception for a touchdown and set up another score with a 41-yard punt return as Iowa defeated Wisconsin 24-10 on Saturday.
The Hawkeyes (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) moved into a tie for the Big Ten West lead with their third consecutive win.
Wisconsin (5-4, 3-3 Big Ten) at Iowa (5-4, 3-3), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EST (FS1)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Wisconsin by 1 1/2.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s players are making a strong argument that interim head coach Jim Leonhard deserves to have the job for keeps.
Isaac Guerendo ran for an 89-yard touchdown and combined with Braelon Allen for 233 yards rushing as Wisconsin defeated Maryland 23-10 on Saturday.
Maryland (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (4-4, 2-3) Saturday, noon EDT (Big Ten Network)
Line: Wisconsin by 4 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The last time Illinois won its sixth game by mid-October to achieve bowl eligibility, it went on to lose six straight.
That was in 2011, and the next 10 seasons were not kind to the Illini.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Graham Mertz likes the direction that Wisconsin interim coach Jim Leonhard is taking the Badgers
Mertz threw for two touchdowns, Braelon Allen rushed for 113 yards and a score and Wisconsin defeated Purdue 35-24 on Saturday.
Purdue (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (3-4, 1-3), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Wisconsin by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Things to watch during Week 8 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Minnesota (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) at No. 16 Penn State (5-1, 2-1)
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Quarterback Payton Thorne threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jayden Reed in the second overtime Saturday to lift Michigan State to a 34-28 victory over Wisconsin.
Wisconsin (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) at Michigan State (2-4, 0-3), Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (Fox)
Line: Wisconsin by 7½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin offensive tackle Logan Brown has been dismissed from the team because of an “internal incident,” interim coach Jim Leonhard said Thursday.
Brown, a former five-star recruit, had tweeted late Wednesday night that he was entering the transfer portal.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Call it the Big Ten’s midseason “Disappointment Bowl.”
Michigan State was 15th and Wisconsin 18th in the preseason AP Top 25. As they prepare to face off Saturday at East Lansing, neither team has a winning record and one has made a coaching change.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin running back Chez Mellusi will miss an unspecified length of time after injuring his right wrist in the Badgers’ 42-7 victory over Northwestern.
Mellusi has rushed for 223 yards and one touchdown on 56 carries this season, He also has two catches for 25 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown in the Northwestern game.
Maybe making a coaching change less than halfway through the season isn't such a terrible idea.
After an unprecedented spate of early season firings, teams with interim head coaches went 4-0 this weekend in major college football.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — The nerves that hit Jim Leonhard during the week as he prepared for his first game following longtime boss Paul Chryst's firing were long gone by the time game day rolled around.
Wisconsin (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) at Northwestern (1-4, 1-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)
Line: Wisconsin by 9½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
Things to watch during Week 6 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The long-suffering football fans at Kansas mostly thought it flattering when Nebraska fired Scott Frost and rumors began that the Huskers would be interested in hiring the Jayhawks' Lance Leipold as their next coach.
Jim Leonhard would have preferred much different circumstances, but the former Wisconsin safety and NFL veteran has been given the opportunity to lead his alma mater’s football program.
Wisconsin fired head coach Paul Chryst on Sunday after a 2-3 start to his eighth season leading the school where he played, in the city where he grew up.
The surprising move comes a day after Wisconsin lost at home 34-10 to Illinois and former Badgers coach Bret Bielema.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Illinois coach Bret Bielema had a triumphant return to Camp Randall Stadium because he’s helped make the Fighting Illini physical enough to beat Wisconsin at its own game.
Chase Brown rushed for 129 yards, Tommy DeVito had three short touchdown keepers and Illinois trounced Wisconsin 34-10 on Saturday to give the Illini their first win at Madison since 2002.
Can't hide problems when conference play starts.
The second month of the college football season often reveals issues that nonconference play might have masked and which teams could be in for long seasons.
Illinois (3-1, 0-1 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (2-2, 0-1), Saturday, noon ET (Big Ten Network)
Line: Wisconsin by 7, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
Things to watch during Week 5 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 4 Michigan (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) at Iowa (3-1, 1-0)
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Illinois’ Bret Bielema wants to keep the focus off himself as the former Wisconsin coach returns to Camp Randall Stadium with an opposing team for the first time since his surprising exit a decade ago.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — No. 3 Ohio State is striking the right balance.
C.J. Stroud threw five touchdown passes, and both top running backs had 100-yard games as the Buckeyes blew by Wisconsin early and cruised to a 52-21 win on Saturday night.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin tight end Clay Cundiff is unavailable indefinitely but hasn’t been ruled out for the season.
Cundiff was carted off the field Saturday in the Badgers’ 52-21 loss to No.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kansas State quarterback Adrian Martinez ran for 148 yards and four touchdowns, and the Wildcats stunned No. 6 Oklahoma 41-34 on Saturday night.
Martinez also passed for 234 yards and a score and Deuce Vaughn rushed for 116 yards for the Wildcats (3-1, 1-0 Big 12).
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson tried to tone down the accolades and hyperbole that came after the Buckeyes' 763-yard explosion against overmatched Toledo last week.
Wisconsin (2-1) at No. 3 Ohio State (3-0), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Line: Ohio State by 18 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Things to watch during Week 4 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ohio State annually ranks among the nation’s highest-scoring teams. Wisconsin traditionally has one of the stingiest defenses in the land.
Yet these two Big Ten programs don’t get to play each other every year because they’re in different divisions.
The Big Ten's tradition of producing elite running backs is alive and well.
The conference features the nation's top two rushers in Illinois' Chase Brown and Minnesota's Mohamed Ibrahim, and four others are running for better than 100 yards per game.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin has a new offensive coordinator and a mostly new group of receivers this season.
It turns out the Badgers also might have a new version of quarterback Graham Mertz.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s wide receivers got a chance to showcase their skills against an overmatched opponent.
The Badgers want to see the performance continue as the Badgers open Big Ten Conference schedule at No.
Colorado State (0-2) at Washington State (2-0), Saturday, 5 p.m. ET (Pac-12)
Line: Washington State by 16 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
New Mexico State (0-3) at Wisconsin (1-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)
Line: Wisconsin by 37 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
Abdul Hodge was a three-time, all-Big Ten linebacker who played the position in the NFL and spent the last three years coaching future linebackers at South Dakota.
Yet the former Iowa star now is working on the other side of the ball as he returns to his alma mater and coaches the Hawkeyes’ fullbacks and tight ends. Hodge compares the new assignment to learning a different language.