Episode 134 - Adventures in Monologuing

Rich hosts all by his lonesome this week, diving into the long-promised discussion of the state of Badger recruiting. He discusses hopeful signs for the future while also asking whether or not Badger fans have a improper expectations for how Wisconsin can recruit. Don't forget to send in your Northwestern questions for episode 135!


  • 1:15 The East Coast Elitist... Flying solo
  • 3:45 Talking 'Crootin
  • 5:30 Things are going well at QB
  • 10:45 Identifying targets early
  • 14:00 Not just upper Midwest prospects
  • 17:30 Is Chryst a good recruiter?
  • 23:00 How is Chryst doing this?
  • 29:45 What if Bielema wasn't a good recruiter?
  • 33:00 Wes on flattery and the geographic proliferation of the Buckaround and why non-Badger fans listen

Episode 133 - Football 101: Recruiting Basics with Allen Trieu

Continuing the Football 101 series, Rich and Max are joined by Allen Trieu, Midwest Football Recruiting Manager for Scout.com. He explains the rules regulations, and limitations of today's recruiting world. They round out the show with a favorite listener segment - the BSAPM.


  • 2:15 Welcome Allen Trieu... The Grand Puba of Scout
  • 2:45 What does "being recruited" involve?
  • 4:45 What do a coach and recruit talk about?
  • 6:15 How are they communicating?
  • 7:15 What are the rules governing contact?
  • 10:00 Bill from Neenah and unofficial vs official visits
  • 15:15 Jon from Madison and how star ratings work
  • 19:45 What's the purpose of an uncommitable offer?
  • 21:30 How are kids found? Where does the film come from?
  • 24:15 Jake in Sun Prairie on how much outfitters influence recruits
  • 26:45 Chris from Champaign and the importance of HS coaches in the process
  • 28:30 What effect do satellite camps have?
  • 30:30 What would Allen change in recruiting?
  • 36:30 Clement looks like a Mack truck
  • 40:15 Who is negative on the BSAPM?

Episode 132 - BuckAround Film Room: Offensive Line Redux?

Rich and Max are joined by the "famous" Jon from Minneapolis who dissects the offensive line post spring game. He looks the hype surrounding Ryan Ramczyk, the future of Dan Voltz, and what to make of the right side of the offensive line.  They close the show discussing satellite camps and televisions deals. 


  • 3:00 An examination of Max's Twitter
  • 7:45 Welcome back John from Minneapolis... Soon to be Madison
  • 9:30 Is Ryan Ramczyk the real deal?
  • 13:00 Who else impressed during the spring game?
  • 14:45 Dan Voltz, where does he fit on this OL?
  • 18:15 What does Voltz's return mean for Dietzen?
  • 20:40 How will the backups shake out?
  • 23:00 What about right tackle?
  • 26:45 What to make of Kevin Estes?
  • 28:45 Is the OL going to be more like what Badgers fans are accustomed to?
  • 31:15 How close is the offense to returning to what Chryst wants to run?
  • 33:00 A look at the TEs
  • 38:30 Tookey Monster on satellite camps
  • 47:45 Travis from St Louis on the B1G signing with Fox

Episode 131 - Spring Practice Wrap

With the Badger spring practice coming to a close Rich and Max take stock of what they've seen from the team over the past month plus. They look at areas that have impressed as well as places they feel the team still has question marks before closing the show with a listener question comparing the 2016 offense with Chryst offenses from 2009-10. 


  • 1:30 Skin care and lawn mowing
  • 6:30 Impressed by the depth
  • 9:30 Max arrives at Camp Randall
  • 11:45 Highlighting a concern at NT
  • 14:30 Let's talk QB's
  • 21:00 Corey Clement is ready to go
  • 21:30 Max tries to derail the pod with Iowa talk
  • 24:30 Leon Jacobs and others who may need a new position
  • 28:00 The third string QB probably isn't Bobby Dunn
  • 30:00 A look at the pass catchers
  • 31:30 Rich Rich knows who Reggie Love is (the guy in the poster on his wall)
  • 36:30 Free Safety... Why hasn't Farrar seized this opportunity
  • 43:15 Jake from Sun Prairie on Chryst trying to recreate 2010
  • 52:00 A TE fight breaks out
  • 55:00 How many questions did spring practice answer
  • 1:02:00 Brin from the Scoreboard on seeing people in BuckAround shirts.

Episode 130 - Last Call for Spring Football

With the Badgers' 2016 Spring Game just days away, Rich and Max wrap up their discussions of spring practice with a look at the latest developments from camp including the apparent shuffling on the offensive line going into the fall and answer some big picture listener questions. Don't forget to send us your spring game thoughts for next week's show!


  • 2:00 Apologies for the delay
  • 4:30 Bill from Neenah and scheduling
  • 8:30 Dylan from PA and coaches getting paid
  • 23:00 Dylan from PA and if UW is a basketball or football school
  • 27:00 Dylan from PA on hating coaches
  • 32:30 Are the OL's dark days over?
  • 37:00 Max is attending the spring game... As am l
  • 43:15 Talking Max's new favorite team, Illinois, and the loss of Dudek

Episode 129 - Spring Practice Update with John Veldhuis

Rich and Max are joined for the first time by John Veldhuis of BadgerBlitz.com. John gives an update on spring practice to date including his analysis of the quarterback race, the progression of the offensive line, and what the defense will look like under Justin Wilcox. 


  • 2:45 The Buckaround is back... And ready to talk NIU football
  • 5:30 Welcome John Veldhuis of BadgerBlitz.com
  • 6:45 How are QB's looking?
  • 10:00 Why is Houston the favorite?
  • 12:00 Are either of them better than Stave? Will they be in the future?
  • 17:00 Who is the third string QB?
  • 20:00 What to make of Taiwan Deal?
  • 23:30 Will Dare be the third down back?
  • 25:30 Leon Jacobs... FB?
  • 30:30 Define legitimate and the depth at WR
  • 36:30 Anything of note (aka noteworthy) at TE?
  • 37:45 Back to "normal" at OL?
  • 40:00 How deep will the DL go?
  • 50:45 How will Wilcox's D compare to Aranda's?
  • 52:00 Is TJ Watt a difference maker?
  • 57:00 Who will replace Hillary? Is that even possible?
  • 1:04:45 China Bob wants to talk Titus Booker
  • 1:07:00 Who will return punts?
  • 1:11:30 We're caught up

Episode 128 - Football 101: Television and College Football

Mark Rudner, Senior Associate Commissioner of Television Administration for the Big Ten Conference, joins the show to educate Rich and Max on the finer points of how television and college football work together. The conversation ranges from when and how kickoff times are established to what the future of televisions sports is in the age of cord cutting. The show is closed with a discussion of the first day of spring practice.


  • 2:15 Welcome Mark Rudner from BTN
  • 3:15 How does college football scheduling work?
  • 17:15 How does that change with out of conference games?
  • 19:00 How much input does a school have?
  • 22:45 How has the conference network landscape changed?
  • 27:00 Why has BTN had better market penetration than PAC 12?
  • 30:15 Was BTN's reach better than projected?
  • 33:00 Where is hockey heading?
  • 36:00 Hockey expansion?
  • 37:00 SEC bias?
  • 40:00 When will BTN be on Apple TV?
  • 42:45 What is the next big thing?
  • 44:15 Looking at the next cable deal
  • 51:30 Spring practice is here
  • 52:30 Ryan Ramczyk... Starting LT
  • 54:30 Who are you and what have you done with negative Rich?
  • 56:30 A glimpse at the LB's
  • 58:45 Walker Williams and Arthur Goldberg
  • 1:00:00 Is the only drama at safety?
  • 1:03:30 upcoming schedule

Episode 127 - Spring Practice Preview: 2016 Edition

The Badgers hit the field on March 16th to officially begin the 2nd season of Paul Chryst's tenure as Wisconsin head coach. Max and Rich ready themselves for the next month of practices with discussions of the quarterback race, what the future holds for Taiwan Deal, and how much we can really learn about Justin Wilcox's defense in spring. They close the show with a listener voicemail and analysis of the hire of Lovie Smith.


  • 1:30 Old business and new business
  • 4:45 How will Paul Chryst handle the QB's?
  • 9:00 Is Taiwan Deal the most interesting man in Madison?
  • 11:00 Rich is puzzled by Leon Jacobs
  • 13:15 Rich is a Badgers fan.
  • 13:45 Will a clear starting 5 emerge on the OL?
  • 19:00 The uncertainty in the secondary
  • 24:00 Who will emerge as a playmaker?
  • 28:00 How much can we learn about Wilcox in the spring?
  • 30:00 Tookey Monster on why Wilcox might be hated
  • 32:30 Max doesn't think the Badgers can beat his favorite team in '16
  • 37:00 Illinois has gone crazy... Or big?

Episode 126 - Football 101: Advanced Football Stats with Bill Connelly

In what is (hopefully) the first of many installments, Rich and Max are joined by Bill Connelly of SBNation and Football Study Hall Fame to get a crash course in advanced stats and talk about his newest book project. They close the show with some listener mail and talk the hire of Jim Leonhard - something neither of them saw coming. 






  • 4:00 Welcome SBNation's Bill Connelly
  • 5:00 Least valuable stats?
  • 6:15 Which stats should be used less?
  • 8:00 The 5 factors of S&P+
  • 9:30 How did Bill get involved with advanced stats?
  • 13:15 Defining success rate
  • 15:00 The randomness of being... And the randomness of turnovers
  • 17:15 How F/+ combines two systems
  • 18:45 Preseason rankings
  • 23:00 Accounting for coaching turnover... Or not
  • 26:45 A statistical look at Stave
  • 28:15 A brief history of Wilcox
  • 30:00 Andy in Chicago and the limitations of football stats
  • 32:15 Dan in DC and why the NFL is more pass heavy
  • 34:15 THE BOOK! BUY IT!
  • 43:00 Brin from Madison corrects Rich and Max on QB depth
  • 49:00 Keelon Brookins moving back to safety
  • 49:45 The Badger coaching all stars
  • 52:00 Max went to Cornell? Yet denies his FCS heritage? For shame

Episode 125 - Way too Early 2016 Depth Charts: Defensive Edition

In a jam packed show, Rich and Max analyze the impact of the departure of Daronte Jones and FINALLY get to their backlog of listener mail. Those segments bookend their detailed projections for what the Badger defense will look like in 2016. 


  • 1:30 Getting back to our roots... And talking weather
  • 3:30 The loss of Daronte Jones
  • 8:00 The Defensive depth charts
  • 8:30 The DL
  • 14:45 The ILBs
  • 16:00 The OLBs
  • 19:00 The CBs
  • 24:00 Safety
  • 32:15 Kicker
  • 32:30 That was quick... Now the returners
  • 33:45 Punter
  • 35:00 The holder... seriously... The holder
  • 37:00 A shoutout for the sensitive Bizarro Max
  • 37:30 Eric from Becker, MN on kickers
  • 40:00 Nick from SW Wisconsin on Kare Lyles
  • 42:45 Tyler from Stevens Point on Wilcox
  • 45:30 Max is glad about Wilcox... Want easy access to this
  • 47:00 Aussie Luke on why he is a Badger fan (hint: it's about a girl)

Episode 124 - Way too Early Offensive Depth Charts 2016 Edition

It's time to start looking ahead to 2016! Rich and Max are by themselves this week and give their best guesses as to what the Badger offense will look like in the coming season. 


  • 2:00 Looking at projected 2016 offensive depth chart
  • 3:30 QB Depth Chart
  • 7:15 RB Depth Chart
  • 11:30 FB Depth Chart
  • 16:15 The fellas show a poor grasp of the BSAPM
  • 17:30 WR Depth Chart
  • 27:00 TE Depth Chart
  • 36:14 OL Depth Chart - Where there are some differences
  • 42:30 How do we feel about this offense?
  • 44:45 Who did the offense lose?

Episode 123 - National Signing Day with Evan Flood: 2016 Edition

Another signing day, another wall-to-wall, information packed recruiting wrap with Evan Flood. Evan breaks down Wisconsin's recruiting class including the sleepers, steals, and question marks in Paul Chryst's first full class as head coach. Evan has always been a listener favorite and doesn't disappoint. 


  • 1:15 Housekeeping
  • 5:00 Finally the (Evan) Flood has come BACK... To the Buckaround
  • 6:00 Was this cycle indicative of Chryst's future recruiting style?
  • 7:45 Is the lack of drama reminiscent of the Bielema days?
  • 9:00 Why did Antonio Williams decommit?
  • 11:30 Could the Badgers have handled the RB situation better?
  • 14:00 How far down the list was Brodner?
  • 16:00 How close were the Badgers to landing Nate Stanley?
  • 18:30 Jacob Caesar
  • 20:15 Are the Badgers leaning toward a certain DE prototype?
  • 25:45 Will any DL recruits move to OL?
  • 26:45 Why is it so hard for the Badgers to recruit CB's?
  • 29:00 What is Chryst looking for in his QB's?
  • 31:00 Biggest sleeper on this class?
  • 34:00 What gaps remain unfilled?
  • 35:45 Grading John Settle
  • 37:30 Who, besides Rudolph, did well recruiting?
  • 40:00 Why the lack of hat drama?
  • 41:45 What impact will Wilcox have as a recruiter?
  • 44:00 Leon Jacobs at RB
  • 46:00 How big will the 2017 class be?
  • 46:45 What is Chryst's ceiling as a recruiter?
  • 50:00 Coming next week... Angry, negative Rich (not really... Maybe)

Episode 122 - The Golden Buckys: 2015 Edition

The end of 2015 - from a BuckAround perspective - is here. Rich and Max hand out their post season awards and close the book on the season that was, but not until they reveal the results of the prop bet competition with friend of the show Andy Schaaf and discuss possible reasons behind the mysteriously quiet (and long!) search for a new defensive coordinator


  • 1:30 Putting 2015 in the rear view
  • 5:00 Recapping the Over/Unders with the illustrious Amos Schaff
  • 16:15 Host Over/Under champ? Max
  • 19:00 WHY is there no DC yet?
  • 21:45 The Golden Buckys
  • 23:15 MOP: Ray Ball... Just kidding it's Schobert
  • 25:15 Offensive MVP: Rich: Dare Max: Erickson
  • 29:00 Defensive MVP: Rich: McEvoy Max:Caputo
  • 32:15 Unsung Hero: Obasih
  • 34:30 Freshman of the Year: TJ Edwards
  • 37:45 Future Star, Offense: Rich Benzschawel Max: Ingold (NIU bias)
  • 39:15 Future Star, Defense Rich: Sagapolu & Dixon Max: Jamerson
  • 43:00 Biggest Disappointment: Rich: Figaro Max: Clement
  • 45:00 Worst Game: Rich: Iowestern Max: Northwa
  • 45:45 Play of the Year: Rich: Wheelwright one hander Max: Rafa's 2nd chance FG
  • 49:30 Game of the Year: USC
  • 51:45 Coach of the Year Rich: Gilmore Max: Aranda
  • 56:00 The end of the #questforfun

Episode 121 - Getting Offensive About the Offensive Line

Getting into the home stretch of their 2015 wrap up, Rich and Max are joined by long time listener Jon from Minneapolis to discuss the Badger offensive line from 2015. HE bring his background as a player and coach to break down their scheme, technique and condition. Rich and Max also carve out a few minutes before his appearance to talk about the emergence of Tim Tibesar as the leading candidate for the Wisconsin defensive coordinator job before finding out at the end of the show it may well end up being Justin Wilcox. 


  • 1:45 We want to hear from our listeners... We miss you
  • 3:15 Tibesar leading the DC search?
  • 10:30 Stop with the Bostad
  • 16:30 The world renowned Jon from Minneapolis
  • 18:00 What changed from the Andersen regime to the Chryst regime?
  • 21:00 Did Voltz and Marz plateau this year?
  • 24:30 Marz compared to recent LT's
  • 27:15 Grading Dieter vs Voltz
  • 29:15 Is the C position in good hands with Dieter?
  • 31:30 Thoughts on Jacob Maxwell
  • 34:45 A look at Walker Williams
  • 37:00 Micah Kapoi's upside
  • 38:30 How does the logjam in the interior shakeout in '16?
  • 40:30 How did the strength and conditioning impact the Badgers in '15?
  • 42:45 How much of the OL's struggle was due to the RB's?
  • 44:00 MGIII's NFL struggles
  • 44:45 Did Dare actually improve?
  • 46:15 TE usage
  • 51:00 Justin Wilcox leading the DC search?

Episode 120 - 2015 Retrospective with Jason Galloway

2015 was a weird season. There's no way of getting around that. But with that in mind Rich (flying solo this episode) tries to make sense of the year that was with Jason Galloway of Madison.com. He gives his take on the career arc of Joel Stave, the division of labor on the Badger coaching staff, and how he grades out Year 1 of Paul Chryst. 


  • 1:30 Old business
  • 5:15 Welcome back Jason Galloway
  • 6:15 Stave legacy... Galloway edition
  • 8:15 The WR's jump forward
  • 11:30 Evaluating Joe Rudolph
  • 13:30 Chris Haering's role
  • 15:30 Tibesar and the LB's
  • 17:45 Unsung hero
  • 19:30 Why the lack of turnovers from the CB's?
  • 22:00 Does Daronte Jones get enough credit?
  • 23:30 Who made biggest jumps from spring to fall?
  • 26:00 Did 2015 team feel different than 2014 team?
  • 28:00 Grading Paul Chryst
  • 30:00 Plans for offseason football coverage
  • 31:45 Why didn't Galloway let the dogs out?

Episode 119 - The Legacy of Joel Stave

It's finally come to an end. Over 4 seasons Joel Stave has been a point of controversy amongst Badger fans. With his career as a Badger over, Rich and Max try to make sense of his time in Madison and figure out how he will be remembered. 


  • 2:00 Welcome to the offseason
  • 4:30 Prepare for some cold takes on Stave
  • 8:00 Jarrett from Wauke$ha... What if Stave had gotten some breaks?
  • 12:15 Um... Rich used to be positive?!? The year was 2012. It was a simpler time...
  • 19:00 Travis from THE St Louis
  • 21:30 Matthew from Stave's alma mater
  • 27:00 Stave's legacy... Brusky edition
  • 29:45 Stave's legacy... Branch edition
  • 36:00 Future plans

Episode 118 - Holiday Bowl Recap

Winning bowl games is fun, and making podcasts about teams winning bowl games is also fun! Rich and Max carve out some time to discuss the Badgers thrilling victory over USC before diving into a discussion of the departure of Dave Aranda and what it means for the future of Wisconsin football.


  • 1:00 Happy New Year!!!
  • 1:45 A new co-host ain't walking through that door!!!
  • 2:30 The tinder of podcasts
  • 3:45 Voicemails
  • 8:45 A microcosm of the season
  • 9:45 The 2015 Badgers D... An effort wasted?
  • 14:00 Corey Clements (sic) looked okay
  • 17:00 Let's back up the Stave praise
  • 20:00 Missed opportunities in the red zone
  • 22:00 Rich eats crow... Or does he?
  • 24:00 Rich turns on Hillary like he stole something
  • 27:00 UR Players of the Game
  • 32:30 Fare thee well David Aranda and Badger coach pay
  • 43:00 A reminder that the Badgers are in the "B" tier
  • 45:15 Basketball distracting Iowa fans from their train wreck Rose Bowl
  • 54:00 The upcoming schedule

Episode 117 - The USC Perspective with Lindsey Thiry

Filling out the BuckAround's Holiday Bowl preview, Lindsey Thiry joins Rich to discuss the state of USC heading into the December 30th matchup. Lindsey breaks down common threads in USC's 5 losses, what coaching changes mean for the Badgers in the bowl game, and the level of motivation for USC will be in the bowl given the high expectations going into the season. 


Episode 116 - Happy Holiday (Bowl)!

Rich and Max join forces to preview the Badgers' matchup with USC in the Holiday Bowl. They measure Wisconsin's secondary against USC's passing attack, the battle along the line of scrimmage, discuss the latest developments with Corey Clement and Dave Aranda, and open the show with a listener submitted, Badger-themed haiku. 


  • 1:15 A Badger Haiku for you and yours
  • 4:30 Hotel, Motel, Holiday Bowl
  • 6:30 What to watch
  • 9:00 The quarterbacks
  • 11:00 USC doesn't have bad losses
  • 13:30 How will the Badger D perform?
  • 16:45 How will the Badgers CB's hold up?
  • 18:15 Key matchup
  • 21:30 Containing Adoree Jackson on special teams
  • 23:00 The Aranda thing
  • 26:30 The Clement thing
  • 30:15 Max's vanity project... Big Ten Chat
  • 33:15 Rich's vanity project... Being the first to hear Big Ten Chat