Wisconsin’s path to football playoff; 3-star PF Taylor Currie signs national letter of intent

Wisconsin football and basketball are always the main topics in Bucky’s Breakfast, Land of 10’s daily Badgers notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Badgers sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Wisconsin football, recruiting, basketball and more.

Wisconsin mailbag

In his latest mailbag, Jesse Temple answers questions on Wisconsin’s path to the College Football Playoff, how the Badgers will overcome the loss of wide receiver Quintez Cephus and whether freshman forward Nate Reuvers should redshirt or not.

Taylor Currie signs

The November signing period started Wednesday, and the Badgers had one player — power forward Taylor Currie — sign his national letter of intent. The 3-star recruit just committed to Wisconsin last week.

Wisconsin builds from within Wisconsin

The Badgers are the Big Ten’s best hope to the make the playoff this season and have had sustained success as a program for nearly 25 years. How do they do it? SI.com’s Joan Niesen says a lot of it has to do with Wisconsin’s ability to build the roster from within the state.

Outlook change helping Joe Ferguson

A career backup, safety Joe Ferguson is crediting a change in his outlook for all the success he’s had in his senior season, including a pair of interceptions last week against Indiana.

Paul Chryst says playoff rankings don’t matter

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst doesn’t like drama, so the weekly CFP rankings — and the questions that come with them — are not his cup of tea. He’s more focused on the here and now, as are all the Badgers, writes Mitch Sherman of ESPN.

Young players ready for Wisconsin

If Wisconsin is to make it 20 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament and finish in the top-4 of the Big Ten for a 17th  consecutive season, it will need its underclassmen to play at a high level. As Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal writes, the coaches are confident that will happen.

Austin Ramesh is back

The return of a fullback to the lineup isn’t big news in most places but Wisconsin isn’t most places. So getting senior Austin Ramesh back from injury is a nice boost for the Badgers, who now can use him and Alec Ingold to neutralize a talented group of linebackers for Iowa, according to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The oral history of Jump Around

Sean Keeler caught up with the former Badgers credited with being the driving force behind the start of the Jump Around tradition at Camp Randall Stadium. He also spoke with DJ Muggs, the man responsible for the song itself, who said he’d love to play it live during a game.

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