The good news: Wisconsin and Notre Dame will play each other in 2020 and 2021. This is a matchup many fans have been hoping to see for years (if not have Notre Dame just in the Big Ten altogether). Two traditional Midwest powers meeting. The hype will be real. The bad news: Both games will be played in NFL stadiums and not on campus sites. Oh, and Wisconsin's "home" game is at Soldier Field while Notre Dame's "home" designation is Lambeau Field. Huh? Getting a good nonconference opponent at Camp Randall Stadium seems like a stretch these days. Of course, will Notre Dame even be relevant by 2020? Since 2013 the Irish have been rather pedestrian and are coming off a four-win season in 2016. But … yay?
Neil Walker, Brewers second baseman (↑ UP)
Going from the moribund Mets to a team in playoff contention like Milwaukee, well how can't you be trending up? Walker, acquired this past weekend by the Brewers for a player to be named later, should fit right into Milwaukee's power-laden lineup. He already has 10 home runs this season and has had double-digit dingers in all eight of his full major-league seasons. He began his Brewers career by going 3 for 7 in his first two games.
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Brewers bullpen (↑ UP)
Yup, we've lauded them as a group before and we're doing it again. Last week, Milwaukee relievers tossed 26 innings and allowed just three runs (one earned). They gave up only 13 hits and struck out 27. Corey Knebel tossed five scoreless innings and notched two saves. Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress both allowed one hit and no runs in three innings. Overall, a pretty stellar week.
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Jack Cichy, Badgers linebacker (↓ DOWN)
A full season of a healthy Cichy was going to be something to behold. Now, a torn ACL might have ended his days with Wisconsin. The senior linebacker, who was injured in practice last week, is by no means guaranteed a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. Cichy, of course, could choose to eschew another year and try for the NFL. Of course, if that's the case he won't have played a game in nearly two years as he's coming off a torn ACL and missed the second half of last season with a torn pectoral. Any way you slice it, this stinks.
Eric Sogard, Brewers infielder (↑ UP)
After a rough spell following a stint on the disabled list, #NerdPower was back last week. Appearing in all six games, Sogard was 5 for 11 (.455) with a double, triple and three walks.
Kevin King, Packers cornerback (-- > EVEN)
People are saying nice things about him recently -- on the preseason telecast Rich Gannon said King has had a nice camp (which likely comes from the coaches) and he had four tackles in that win over Philadelphia. Of course, when playing against the Eagles' first team, he got absolutely trucked on Philly's lone touchdown. We'll call it a wash.
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Brevin Pritzl, Badgers guard (↑ UP)
Pritzl played in four minutes as a freshman before being hurt and having to take a redshirt. Last season, now as a redshirt freshman, he scored all of 45 points with five 3-pointers. As Wisconsin began its five-game trip in Australia, Pritzl knocked down seven 3s and scored 28 points. Let the hype begin.