When a team spent its last year dominating all of its competition, losing just two games all year on the way to a third national championship in four years, it's reasonable to expect an equally dominant season from them the next year.
The Wisconsin men's soccer team continues its stretch of strong opponents tonight as they travel to Chicago for a non-conference matchup with the University of Illinois-Chicago.
The Wisconsin volleyball team headed north to take on Minnesota Friday, hoping to get a challenging three game road stretch off on the right foot. The Badgers struggled, however, and were swept in straight sets by their rivals 25-15, 25-26, 26-24.
After a rough weekend in California, the Wisconsin women's soccer team regrouped and continued its unbeaten streak at home with a tie against No. 15 Purdue (5-2-2) and a thrilling 3-2 victory over No. 19 Indiana (8-3-0).
Last Sunday's improbable New York Jets victory over the New England Patriots gave me, and fellow Jets fans, plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
The Wisconsin men's soccer team finally returns home and opens Big Ten play Friday with a highly anticipated matchup against the No. 13 Indiana Hoosiers at the McClimon Soccer Complex as part of the ""Pac the Mac"" doubleheader.The Wisconsin women's team faces Purdue at 5 p.m., while the men play at 7 p.m.
Wisconsin has always been associated with power football, and an integral part of that had been the thankless yet important job of fullback. From recent stalwarts like Bill Rentmeester, Chris Pressley and Matt ""the Hebrew Hammer"" Bernstein to former NFL standout Cecil Martin who blocked for Ron Dayne (recruited mostly as a fullback), all the way back to Heisman winner Alan Ameche, the position has been essential to Badger offenses.
The start of the Big Ten season wasn't so kind to Wisconsin in 2008. They surrendered a 19-point lead to the hated Wolverines, fell victim to Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeyes, were blown out by Penn State and got crushed by Iowa. Now in 2009, Michigan State stands in the Badgers' way to kick off the conference schedule the right way.
With USC, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State making early exits from the top five, teams like Miami, Penn State and Mississippi are now receiving national attention. Will these teams keep their place atop the rankings or will they topple under the pressure?