Good news, bad news for Wisconsin’s playoff hopes; QB Alex Hornibrook doesn’t hear the criticism

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Wisconsin moving up

It wasn’t a big jump by any stretch, but the Badgers moved up one spot in the latest College Football Playoff rankings to No. 8. While that isn’t great, Wisconsin did pick up a top-25 win thanks to Northwestern debuting at No. 25 and it can add another one against No. 20 Iowa this Saturday. Those developments, along with the upset-filled slate of games last weekend, have positioned the Badgers as the Big Ten’s best chance to get a team in the playoff.

Still, the SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum said the rankings showed him Wisconsin is in trouble, while ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit made a passionate plea to the committee to not award the Badgers a playoff spot simply because they would be undefeated.

Alex Hornibrook doesn’t hear you

Wisconsin sophomore Alex Hornibrook knows criticism comes with playing quarterback, but that doesn’t mean he has to listen to it. No, the second-year starter tells Jesse Temple, he’s too busy trying to improve to listen to all of his detractors.

Gary Andersen the reason Nate Stanley is at Iowa

Nate Stanley will start at quarterback on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. If Gary Andersen hadn’t been Wisconsin’s coach for two years, it’s possible Stanley would be behind center for the Badgers. Instead, thanks to Andersen’s love for dual-threat quarterbacks, Stanley will be looking to beat his homestate team as the Hawkeyes’ starter. Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal has the details on how Stanley ended up in Iowa City.

QB Chase Wolf lights it up

It’s getting toward the end of the high school football season, but Wisconsin commits in the Class of 2018 continue to impress, especially quarterback Chase Wolf. In our latest recruiting notebook, we take a look at Wolf’s big night, along with the latest on a new offer to a wide receiver and one of Wisconsin’s potential basketball targets coming off the board.

Outside linebackers have bright future

Seniors Leon Jacobs and Garret Dooley are the focal point for Wisconsin at outside linebacker this year, but as Jason Galloway of the Wisconsin State Journal writes in his latest film room piece, junior Andrew Van Ginkel and redshirt sophomore Tyler Johnson have promising futures at the position.

Garrett Rand could miss the Iowa game

He wasn’t listed on the injury report released Monday, but sophomore nose guard Garrett Rand may miss the game against Iowa this Saturday because of a left foot injury, according to

Iowa was on Wisconsin’s radar before upset victory

While the nation took note of Iowa’s eye-popping upset win against Ohio State last week, the Badgers didn’t need to. They know what kind of games the two schools have played in recent years and are expecting the same knock-down, drag-out fight, writes Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Nigel Hayes with another big night

A night after scoring 22 points in a win for the Westchester Knicks, former Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes dropped 37 points in another G-League victory.

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