Episode 154 - Non-Conference Reflection

The Badgers finished the non-conference schedule 3-0. Rich and Max look at where the team is as they enter a tough stretch of conference games. 

SHOW NOTES

  • 2:00 What to make of the switch to Hornibrook
  • 15:30 Which RB's will play?
  • 18:00 A closer look at Hornibrook
  • 19:30 Jeremy from Green Bay on missing Jamerson
  • 24:30 Big games in the B1G... Sort of
  • 26:30 Max says North Dakota St could even beat Northern Illinois (and the rest of the MAC)
  • 41:15 Balky from Salt Lake City on Wheelwright comparisons
       

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. 

SHOW NOTES

  • 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 109 - Week 9 Preview: Rutgers and the B1G (bad) West

With Badger football fans abuzz with talk of a budding quarterback controversy, Rich and Max share their perspective but not before previewing "Rich's Iowa" (a.k.a Rutgers), look at how the team compensates for the loss of Dan Voltz and Rob Wheelwright, and deal with some misconceptions about the "disaster" that was Gary Andersen. Finally, they close the show looking at the potential dearth of bowl teams from the B1G West.

SHOW NOTES

  • 1:00 Welcome to Rich's Iowa
  • 4:00 Rutgers Al isn't Rutgers Al
  • 5:45 Talking the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers
  • 10:00 The Rutgers QB situation
  • 12:00 The worst defense in the B1G
  • 14:00 Could the Badgers score 40?!?
  • 16:30 What do the Badgers do without Wheelwright?
  • 22:00 The MASH unit that is the OL
  • 25:45 WiscoBiscuits wants to talk Stave vs Houston
  • 30:15 Travis wants to talk lack of playmakers
  • 38:45 Big games in the B1G
  • 49:15 Prediction time
       

Episode 104 - Week 6 Nebraska Preview: Make or Break Time?

With the Badgers sitting at 0-1 in conference, Rich and Max examine the showdown in Lincoln Saturday with Nebraska. They discuss which is worse: Nebraska's pass defense or Wisconsin's pass offense, whether or not Nebraska will run the ball, and if this is truly a "must win" game for the Badgers if they still want to win the west. They close the show with a discussion of what a poor performance from Joel Stave could or should mean for his future and where the team goes from there. 

SHOW NOTES: 

  • 1:30 Who's a bigger mess? Wisconsin? Nebraska?
  • 4:30 Where are the Badgers weakest on offense right now?
  • 5:30 How should Nebraska attack the Badger D?
  • 6:15 What should we think about the Husker running game?
  • 9:00 This IS an elimination game... Right?
  • 12:45 Max is one of THOSE guys. The kind that gets married during football season.
  • 13:15 Who will step up?
  • 14:30 REALLY bad injury luck
  • 17:00 It's time to adjust expectations
  • 20:30 Fourth down watch
  • 25:30 Could this devolve into a mess?
  • 30:45 If it does, do they change the QB?
  • 40:15 Surveying the landscape of the B1G
  • 43:45 Prediction time
  • 46:30 Who do you want to see perform well?
  • 49:00 Only one show next week
       

Episode 102 - Week 5 Preview: Iowa, The Maxageddoning

The entirety of 100+ episodes of the podcast have boiled down to this: it's Iowa-Wisconsin in Camp Randall and you-know-who can barely contain himself.  There is no need for a summary of the show here because you know what's coming: Max talking about Kenny Chesney. No, really.

SHOW NOTES

  • 2:00 Everything in your life builds up to Iowa
  • 3:45 Do you want to bask in Max's glow? Go to Jordan's B1G pub!
  • 6:45 Gather round boys and girls. Max will tell the story of Iowa.
  • 11:30 A look at the Iowa run game
  • 14:00 How good is the Iowa DL?
  • 17:00 The Hawkeyes have a very good secondary
  • 18:30 The Iowa segment is the song from Barney... It goes on and on my friends
  • 21:47 Max's Iowa talk makes Rich yawn 
  • 23:00 Do you buy the Badger D?
  • 26:00 Examining the Badger WR's
  • 29:00 This game will show if Stave has made progress
  • 31:30 How much have the Badgers held back?
  • 33:30 Will Clement redshirt?
  • 41:00 Talking about position changes
  • 45:30 Big games in the B1G
       

Episode 101 Week 4 Review: Hawaii - J Leman is Coming for your Soul!

Wrapping up non-conference play, Rich and Max review the Badgers' convincing 28-0 win over the Rainbow Warriors of Hawaii. They discuss the dominant performance of the defense, the solid effort in the ground game, and he up and down afternoon through the air. Let be honest here. This is all just a prelude for Max to lose his mind in the Iowa preview in episode 102.

SHOW NOTES

  • 2:00 Meetup with Max near Camp Randall
  • 5:45 Recapping Hawaii
  • 6:15 A look at the secondary
  • 15:00 Not much to discuss with the front 7... Which is a good thing
  • 16:15 A look into the future at LB
  • 18:30 The inverted wishbone is back!!
  • 21:00 Rich has concerns
  • 23:30 Alec Ingold means 4 years of Northern Illinois references
  • 26:15 The OL looks better
  • 29:15 Talking about the throw game
  • 40:00 Jazz' hands on punt returns
  • 45:00 J Leman stares into your soul
  • 46:00 Drew Meyer and the Shanks (album coming to stores soon)
  • 49:00 UR player of the game
  • 51:15 Were there big games in the B1G?
       

Episode 97 - Week 2: Miami Scoring Machine

The Badgers rebounded from the defeat in Dallas to pulverize the Miami Redhawks. Rich and Max talk about the dominating defensive display, things to like about the passing game, and what they took from the up and down day on the ground.

SHOW NOTES

  • 2:00 Max is a homer... But for who? Badgers? Hawkeyes? Huskies?
  • 7:30 58-0 provides a lot to talk about
  • 9:30 The defense was really good
  • 15:30 Schobert > Biegel
  • 19:00 Is McEvoy good at safety?
  • 22:45 McEvoy at QB, will that be a thing?
  • 27:00 Special teams have been... Special
  • 31:15 In case you hadn't heard Arkansas lost to a MAC contender
  • 32:15 They're not gonna break the seal on Penniston
  • 34:00 The throw game
  • 44:30 Let's talk about the bad stuff... O Line
  • 52:15 UR players of the game
  • 57:45 Big games in the B-1-G
  • 1:06:30 The B1G... Hey, it doesn't look like crap
       

Episode 79 - Spring Scouting Report with Space Coyote

Making his 3rd appearance on the show, Logan Larson (a.k.a. Space Coyote) returns to the podcast to dissect the Badger spring game. He handicaps the backup quarterback race, evaluates the talent available at wide receiver, has high hopes for the defensive line and explains why Leon Jacobs is one of his breakout stars for 2015. All the while fending off Max's best efforts to turn this podcast into a preview of Illinois. 

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:30 It's all Badgers tonight
  • 6:00 Making his THIRD appearance... Logan Larson aka the Space Coyote
  • 7:00 All B1G breakout team starting... Wait for it... Joel Stave
  • 12:00 The competition for the backup QB
  • 19:45 What's the Deal with Taiwan?
  • 24:45 Some surprise standouts on the OL
  • 30:15 Are UW WR's going to be awful?
  • 32:10 TE's appear solid
  • 33:45 Is the DL the most improved unit on the defense?
  • 37:45 Let's talk about Leon Jacobs... A lot.
  • 46:20 Will the defense perform better against top offenses?
  • 55:00 Where for art thou Austin Kafentzis? (spoiler: it's Nevada)
       

Episode 74 - Spring Practice Capstone

With spring practice officially in the rear view mirror, Rich and Max pause to reflect on what's been learned about the team over the past 15 practices. They give their impressions on the offensive line, what they saw out of the backup quarterbacks, and what they thought about the inexperienced linebackers.  They close the show with a larger discussion of Paul Chryst as a recruiter and what can be learned from his approach thus far.  

SHOW NOTES:

  • 2:00 The exercise of making people uncomfortable
  • 4:15 Kicking it off with a listener speak pipe
  • 5:30 Wisconsin's top concern... The offensive line?!?
  • 13:35 Rich wants to talk quarterbacks
  • 17:15 WR's are better than we thought... Maybe?
  • 24:00 Moving to the DL
  • 28:45 TJ Edwards is a player
  • 31:45 Another speak pipe message?!? Just kidding.
  • 34:15 Dare vs Deal
  • 37:30 Seriously, another speak pipe message.
  • 42:00 Crootin with Chryst
  • 55:00 Listener emails
       

Episode 73 - Spring Wrap up with Jesse Temple

Rich & Max are joined by Fox Sports Wisconsin's Jesse Temple to draw Wisconsin's 2015 spring to a close. Jesse gives insights on UW's offense and defense and what he saw from Paul Chryst's first spring practice at head coach. And of course, hair and men's fashion.

 

SHOW LINKS:

Gordon Motivated by not Becoming a 1st Round Bust 

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:20 Hobby talk
  • 4:20 New Home Owner Jesse Temple
  • 5:20 Back up QB battle
  • 8:55 The RB situation and Deal vs Dare
  • 11:30 Listener question and a discussion about the WRs.
  • 17:30 Is the Wisconsin OL a concern?
  • 20:20 Status of the DL
  • 22:40 Are the LB's actually a strength?
  • 24:40 Wisconsin Defense 2015: More Pressure and Stuff
  • 26:20 Tanner Talk
  • 28:30 The Best Question
  • 31:45 Who will return the kicks?
  • 33:15 The coaching staff and the media
  • 38:50 Prop bets
  • 46:30 MELVIN Gordon's honesty
  • 52:15 Wrap up
       

Episode 71 - Spring Mid-Terms: 2015 Edition

Making his annual spring practice pilgrimage to the BuckAround, B5Q's Luke Mueller joins the podcast to give Rich and Max an update on what he's seeing with Paul Chryst's Badgers this spring.  He breaks down the progression of the quarterbacks, if Dare Ogunbowale can be the #2 running back, and what the new faces at inside linebacker bring to the table.  He even finds time to give some hot punting takes!

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:30 We are the Giving Tree
  • 3:30 Can YOU help with the archives?
  • 6:00 Return of the Jedi, Luke Mueller
  • 8:05 Bart Houston looks solid. Not at punter…at quarterback!
  • 11:45 Compare and contracts Alex Hornibrook and Austin Kafentzis
  • 14:15 Let’s talk Dare, Deal and Kinlaw
  • 18:55 Who will catch the ball?
  • 23:30 New coaches getting Settled…get it?
  • 27:50 The Lines
  • 35:10 Inside Linebackers: what do we have here?
  • 40:55 Trezy…I think, and the last line of defense
  • 46:50 Punting. It’s not pretty folks.
  • 50:15 Why the lack of story lines?
       

Episode 69 - Spring Practice Preview

Basketball? Who needs basketball! Rich and Max ring in the beginning of spring practice with their thoughts on what can be learned about the team over the next month. The look at the myriad of questions on offense, where there are concerns on defense and manage to talk about Iowa nine times over the course of the episode. Spring practive primers: "There are many like it, but this one is ours!"

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:44 Iowa geography and outdated discussions of The Bachelor
  • 3:16 Buckaround's spring coverage is different
  • 5:36 Let's talk about Tanner McEvoy. He's fast enough, he's big enough and gosh darn it people like him (at other positions).
  • 12:46 Quarterbacks, a competition? Who's number 2?
  • 18:46 WR's development
  • 22:45 Who will step up on OL? Max sneaks in Iowa discussion.
  • 27:41 Let's talk defense. inside LB's, Jeremy Patterson and the secondary.
  • 34:20 PUNTERS!!!
  • 39:55 Slot WR Can Jazz Peavy be this year's Rob Wheelwright (have more than one catch)?
  • 41:30 Closing thoughts
       

Episode 67 - Way too Early Depth Charts: Offensive Edition

Buckle up people because it's officially here! The doldrums of the pre-spring practice off season has arrived and Rich and Max have officially set sail for conjecture land with their  depth chart projections for the 2015 season. With a striking amount of agreement between them they are able to put together a consolidated depth chart for the two of them while still finding time to discuss killer whales, arm wrestling, and Billy Dee Williams 

SHOW NOTES

  • 1:30 We're in the mood to talk
  • 6:50 RB: Clement followed by others
  • 14:20 FB: Where we have agreement
  • 20:00 TE: A lot of familiar faces... And some new ones
  • 33:15 OL: The position group with the most question marks
  • 46:00 WR: Who will be opposite Erickson?
  • 56:45 QB: It's gonna be tough to unseat Stave
  • 1:03:00 Farewell from conjectureland
       

Episode 54 - Week 14: The 11 Year Itch

Off a 34-24 come from behind victory over arch-rival Minnesota, Rich and Max analyze what the 10th victory of the season means for the Badgers.  They examine the team's ability to come back from an early 17-3 deficit, the adjustments made on both sides of the ball in the 2nd half, deal with a very challenging Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel comment contest, and cautiously deal with the thoughts of, shall we say, a very devoted fan.

       

Episode 46 - Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers: Where the Badgers are Going and How They Got Here

Given the upheaval at quarterback following the Northwestern loss, a 2nd episode of the BuckAround was inevitable this week.  Rich and Max dive headfirst into the controversy, trying to discern where the choaches are looking to take the program through the remainder of the '14 season and into the future.  They look at McEvoy's future in the offense, if Bart Houston is a viable option as a replacement, and finish the show examining how the Badgers ended up with such a shortage of talent at wide receiver and quarterback.  Controversy always makes for a good podcast!  

       

Episode 40 - Week 2: Stay Chillin' People

Coming off a solid performance against the Western Illinois Leathernecks, Rich and Max delve into the finer points of the Badgers' 37-3 victory.  They gauge the progress Tanner McEvoy has made as a passer, evaluate Alex Erickson as a receiver, and even sing the praises of the defense.  They even find time for listener mail and play some user submitted feedback from a very special listener!

       

Episode 17 - Spring Practice: The Long Goodbye

After battling technical difficulties for a week, Rich & Max come out firing on all cylinders.  Max expresses his distaste for the selection of B1G night games by ESPN and the Big Ten Network before they grade out the spring (literally!) and Rich identifies where Badgers go to watch their football career die.

       

Episode 12 - Spring Practice Primer

With Spring Practice only days away Rich & Max tackle some of the less discussed aspects of spring practice (what does Michael Trotter's playing time tell us about the future of Badger football) as well as some of the bigger topics as well but not before spending way too much time breaking down the relative merits of the month of March.