Cincinnati and Texas, the lone unbeatens in the Big East and the Big-12 respectively, will be put to the test Saturday. Meanwhile, the winner of the USC and Oregon matchup in Eugene will likely produce the frontrunner for the Pac-10 title. With Iowa comfortably leading the Big Ten, some of the middle of the pack teams will try to separate themselves this weekend.
As disappointing as the Badger's last two games have been, their season is far from unsalvageable.
Last night the NBA season kicked off, and while I'm excited to see how it plays out, there is one major weakness that none of the other ""big three"" sports have: professional basketball does not have real rivalries.
Bret Bielema made it clear this year's football team is not at all like the squad from 2008. Last season, following a loss to Ohio State, the Wisconsin football team went on a skid, culminating in a four-game losing streak that nearly took the team out of bowl game contention.
After a dominating performance Friday night, the Wisconsin men's hockey team had a chance to sweep Minnesota State on the road. But back-to-back five-minute majors on the Badgers led to a long power play, handing the Mavericks a win Saturday night and sending Wisconsin home with a frustrating series split.
There are some games in which two bitter rivals battle for every point, trading the lead until one can will its way to a close-fought victory. The Daily Cardinal's 24-7 depantsing of The Badger Herald Friday afternoon was not one of those games.
For the third time this season, the Wisconsin women's hockey team split a weekend series with a WCHA opponent, losing the first game of a series and coming back to win the second. This time, the Badgers fell against Ohio State 4-3 Friday and returned the favor Saturday with a 5-3 victory.
A bye week could not have come at a better time for the Wisconsin football team.
After a rough season-opening series, which saw a highly touted Wisconsin men's hockey team take just one point from Colorado College, the task of starting the 2009-'10 season well will not get any easier. The Badgers must now leave the friendly confines of the Kohl Center and head to the intimidating environment of Minnesota State's Verizon Wireless Center to take on the Mavericks Friday and Saturday.
What isn't there to like about Boise State? It plays on a blue field, runs loads of trick plays and has the potential to turn the college football world on its head by eventually breaking into the BCS title game usually reserved for teams from the top six conferences and, perhaps, Notre Dame.