Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon runs for a touchdown in front of a spotty crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Wisch: Bring The Big Ten Championship Game To Chicago

Attendance certainly didn’t improve markedly this past weekend. Rather, it sunk startlingly.

CBS Chicago–12/04/2012

Montee Ball celebrates Wisconsin's third straight Rose Bowl appearance. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

VIDEO: Montee Ball Celebrates Big Ten Championship

After Wisconsin beat Nebraska 70-31 Saturday night to win its third straight Big Ten title, running back Montee Ball addressed the media.

CBS Chicago–12/02/2012

Bret Bielema holds up the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy after winning the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Hoge: With Unlikely Victory, Badgers Prove They’re Rose Bowl Worthy

No, that wasn’t the Oregon Ducks playing in the Big Ten Championship. That was the now 8-5 Wisconsin Badgers.

CBS Chicago–12/02/2012

Montee Ball runs against Nebraska Sept. 29. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Hoge: Talent Will Win Out In Surprisingly Good Big Ten Championship Game

A look at how each team can win Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in the Big Ten Championship Game.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2012

Notre Dame wide receiver T.J. Jones. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Ruling Notre Dame Out Is Foolish

Counting Notre Dame out against either Alabama or Georgia is just foolish. Anyone who’s willing to do so so easily simply hasn’t been paying attention this season.

CBS Chicago–11/29/2012

Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Seriously, What Is Going On In Champaign?

Having co-coordinators in college football is not uncommon, but I’ve never heard of two coordinators splitting up the play-calling by down.

CBS Chicago–11/16/2012

J.J. Watt and Gabe Carimi. (Phots by Getty Images)

Hoge: Former Teammates Watt, Carimi Not Exactly Friends

J.J. Watt and Gabe Carimi were two of the more competitive, hardest working players on the team. And they weren’t exactly buddy-buddy.

CBS Chicago–11/07/2012

Ohio State University Athletics Director Gene Smith (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Gene Smith Robbed Ohio State (And Big Ten) Of 2012

Sure, Terrelle Pryor and Jim Tressel caused the mess, but Smith’s careless decision to play in the Gator Bowl last year likely cost Ohio State a chance at the National Championship this season.

CBS Chicago–10/17/2012

Tom Crean. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

IU Tops Hoops Coaches Poll; 5 Big Ten Teams, Notre Dame Ranked

Indiana is back on top of the college basketball world. At least to start the season.

CBS Chicago–10/17/2012

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Ball Has Career Day As Wisconsin Beats Purdue 38-14

Montee Ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Wisconsin beat Purdue 38-14 on Saturday afternoon.


Nathan Scheelhaase. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hoge On College Football: Illini Fans Might Deserve Better, But Shouldn’t Expect It

I’ll never criticize fans for demanding the very best. They put their hard-earned money into the program and it should go after the very best. But Illini fans also shouldn’t be surprised when the result is Tim Beckman.

CBS Chicago–10/10/2012

General photo of Illini football players. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Football Fans Deserve Better – And Need To Believe It

With Illinois licking its wounds at 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten following Saturday’s 31-14 thumping at Wisconsin, Beckman couldn’t be off to a much worse start in Champaign.

CBS Chicago–10/09/2012

University of Illinois Fighting Illini Football

Stave, Ball Lead Wisconsin Over Illinois 31-14

Joel Stave threw two touchdown passes and Wisconsin’s running game showed signs of life as the Badgers defeated Illinois 31-14 on Saturday.


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Best Wisconsin Badgers Bars In Chicago

As a Chicago native engaged to a proud Wisconsin Badger fan, I’ve frequented many Badger bars in Chicago that claim they are the best place to watch Bucky and the beloved Badgers. Here’s a round up of the truly best in the city!


Theo Riddick #6 of Notre Dame celebrates after scoring the first touchdown during the Notre Dame vs Navy game at Aviva Stadiu, on September 1, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Barry Cronin/Getty Images)

Notre Dame Ranked No. 22 In New AP Poll

Notre Dame’s 50-10 routing of Navy in Dublin, Ireland helped propel the Fighting Irish to No. 22 in the newest AP poll.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2012

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Hoge: 2012 Big Ten Predictions

Predictions for every Big Ten team, including overall record, conference record and bowl game projection.

CBS Chicago–08/30/2012

Montee Ball

Police Arrest 3 In Assault On Montee Ball

Three suspects accused of assaulting Wisconsin running back Montee Ball were arrested Tuesday, nearly a month after the Heisman Trophy finalist suffered a concussion during an early-morning attack near campus.

CBS Chicago–08/29/2012

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball attempts to leap over Oregon defenders in the 2012 Rose Bowl Game. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Big Ten Preview: Wisconsin Badgers

Wisconsin has lost a lot — including six assistant coaches — but still believes it has the talent to make it to their third straight Rose Bowl.

CBS Chicago–08/20/2012

Montee Ball

Montee Ball Denies TMZ Report That He Was Involved In Fight Before Attack

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball denied a TMZ report claiming he was involved in a fight several days before he was attacked on the UW-Madison campus.

CBS Chicago–08/02/2012

New Illinois head coach Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Hoge: Beckman’s Recruiting Tactics At Odds With Delany’s Desires

Beckman confirmed Thursday that he had eight coaches camped out at a State College restaurant outside the Penn State campus Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–07/26/2012