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 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 96: Week 2 Preview: Miami (No, not that one)

Looking to rebound from their season opening loss, the Badgers return to Camp Randall to take on the Miami Redhawks in what fans hope will be an exorcism of their Dallas Demons. Rich and Max discuss what they want to see from both sides of the line of scrimmage, in the passing game, and what lingering injuries may mean for the Badgers through the rest of non-conference play. Finally, the close the show with a discussion of Max's well publicized trip to see the mighty Huskies of Northern Illinois.

SHOW NOTES

  • 2:45 #noteworthy
  • 3:30 Max on the MAC
  • 5:00 Northern Illinois defense reference
  • 7:00 Miami is not a MAC powerhouse (not an ACC one either)
  • 9:00 Keyboard broke from sheer volume of NIU references
  • 10:00 What should we expect from the Badgers?
  • 11:00 Will Clement play? Should he?
  • 14:30 How will the WR's perform? 
  • 17:15 Will Caputo play?
  • 20:30 Watch Sheehy and Musso
  • 25:30 Big games in the B-1-G
  • 32:15 The lesson, as always, Iowa is awful
  • 39:30 Max's trip to DeKalb
  • 46:45 Picks for UW vs Miami
     
       

Episode 94 - Sayonara Offseason!

Rich and Max close out the offseason (hallelujah!) with their final thoughts on the Alabama game. They discuss where each team has advantages, how the Alabama quarterback situation could affect the game, and what a Badger win could mean in the larger picture. The show closes with a series of major statements from Max...well...you've just gotta listen to this one. 

SHOW NOTES

  • 1:30 Rich's "interesting" observation
  • 4:00 Alabama's QB concerns are the new Wisconsin's OL concerns
  • 10:00 Are you nervous about this game?
  • 13:45 The blueprint to a Badger win
  • 16:00 It's about the players
  • 19:15 Rich discusses what has been haunting my dreams.. Derrick Henry
  • 21:45 Worry about the Badgers OL
  • 24:30 The WR rotation
  • 26:30 Where did Nick Thomas go?
  • 28:00 Does Aranda want a bigger defense?
  • 30:15 You're not gonna get Rich to be optimistic!
  • 31:30 Lane Kiffin's tendencies
  • 33:15 What is an acceptable result?
  • 36:30 Max's bachelor party AND Iowa game reference AND NIU game reference... If you listen to nothing else LISTEN TO THIS!!!
  • 40:30 Would You Rather?!? Badgers Edition
     
       

Episode 92 - Prop Bets: 2015 Edition

It's the 3rd Annual Prop Bet Competition! In a change of format from last year, Rich and Max invite Andy Schaaf to Emcee the Prop Bet competition as they are matched against one another to see who can better predict the 2015 Badgers. They talk Tanner McEvoy as a wide receiver, who leads the team in tackles, and spend way too much time talking about John Settle's twitter. It's a great show. 

NOTE: Andy was nice enough to create a google doc to track results as the season progresses. You can access it here.  The winner receives a shirt of their choice from our friends at Wiscywear.com 

       

Episode 91 - Fall Camp Update with Jason Galloway

The season is less than 2 weeks away! As the Badgers enter the home stretch of fall camp, Rich and Max are joined by Jason Galloway of Madison.com. They discuss the growth of Joel Stave, how the offensive line is shaping up, and how the defense is taking shape. To open the show, the guys catch up with Dave Bartoo, creater or the College Football Matrix, to get a sense for how he thinks the Badgers' season will play out and what to expect from Paul Chryst. 

Patience Grasshoppers, the season is almost here!

SHOW NOTES

  • 2:00 Rich is obsessed with Iowa
  • 6:00 Welcome back Dave Bartoo, creator of the CFB Matrix
  • 6:15 What is the CFB Matrix?
  • 8:30 How does the Matrix view Chryst versus Andersen?
  • 13:00 What about Aranda staying?
  • 14:45 How will the B1G play out?
  • 16:45 Where to find the CFB Matrix
  • 19:30 Just when you thought Rich was going to be negative...
  • 24:45 The one and only Jason Galloway of Madison.com ... It's a website
  • 26:15 Is there anything other than injuries happening at Fall Camp?
  • 28:15 Talking Stave and the throw game
  • 30:30 How is Stave's chemistry with the WR's?
  • 31:30 McEvoy will be a WR... Why?
  • 33:00 What is McEvoy's best position?
  • 34:00 All you need is Love? (Spoiler: you need more)
  • 35:15 Will Trezy see the field?
  • 37:00 Who will return kicks?
  • 38:30 Is/Should the OL be a huge concern?
  • 40:30 Did Ball miss his chance to lock up a OG position?
  • 42:45 The DL looks good
  • 44:30 Is the ILB depth real?
  • 46:15 Dare vs Deal
  • 48:00 The TE position
  • 50:00 Who is a written off player that will emerge?
  • 52:00 Could UW make the playoff with one loss?
  • 57:00 The 2nd Annual Over/Under prop bet pod is on deck!
       

Episode 90 - B1G Picture: Illinois

Wrapping up the last conference opponent on the Badgers' schedule, Rich and Max are joined by Bob Asmussen of the News-Gazette. He discusses the return of Wes Lunt, the rise of Jihad Ward, and what the future holds for Tim Beckman at Illinois. They close the show with a discussion of the latest news from Badger Practice and some listener mail

SHOW NOTES

  • 1:30 Tee shirts have shipped
  • 2:45 Welcome Bob Asmussen of the News-Gazette
  • 3:15 Illini 2014 recap
  • 3:45 What is Wes Lunt's ceiling?
  • 5:15 How will the WR position play out?
  • 6:30 Why did Aaron Bailey transfer?
  • 7:30 Who is behind Ferguson at RB?
  • 8:45 Who will start on the O Line?
  • 11:00 Are the DB's a strength?
  • 12:30 Are the LB's even stronger?
  • 15:00 Will the DL improve?
  • 16:15 Explaining the coaching turnover
  • 18:15 Is this staff more cohesive than in the past?
  • 19:00 How has the administration handled the off field stuff?
  • 20:45 No quit in the Illini
  • 22:00 2015 outlook
  • 24:45 Rich has Illini thoughts
  • 27:00 Where do the Illini fall in the Chicago radio pecking order?
  • 28:00 Rich and Max go to camp... Not really but they talk about it
  • 33:00 Pumping the brakes on the McEvoy hype
  • 35:00 Pronunciation with Dr Watson
  • 36:15 Listener Iowa punter reference
  • 38:30 A look at the OL
  • 42:00 Two pods next week
       

Episode 88 - #QuestForFun

With fall camp opening today, Rich and Max lead a listener-driven preview of Badgers fall camp. They talk about development on both lines, the questions at wide receiver, and various other areas of concern going into 2015. Just don't forget the slogan for 2015: The #QuestForFun

  • 1:30 #QuestForFun
  • 5:30 Fall Camp is here
  • 7:30 The Paul Chryst press conference
  • 13:00 Where will Tanner McEvoy end up and the impact
  • 17:37 Iowa Heisman reference
  • 20:40 Thoughts on a couple RS Freshmen
  • 28:00 How will the backup RB shake out?
  • 31:00 Will Chryst help Stave emerge?
  • 36:30 Drew Meyer is the punter
  • 37:15 Alec James is an Adonis
  • 39:00 Will the changes in position coaches be noticeable?
  • 42:45 Hawkeyearound
  • 46:15 Hokie Magic?
  • 48:30 Will Kyle Penniston have an impact in 2015?
  • 50:45 How much will Kellen Jones play?
  • 52:00 Over/Under on next UW admissions academic issue
  • 54:15 Gaglianone's personal #QuestForFun
  • 56:00 Northwestern is next... We promise
       

Episode 72 - Media Relations

After taking a week off (OK, a week and a half!) Rich and Max return to discuss the latest developments in spring practice.  They look at the depth at running back, the questions at wide receiver, and the pronunciation of Alex Hornibrook's name.  They close the show with Rich's theory on why the Badgers have had such a "quiet" spring.

 

SHOW NOTES:

  • 2:00 Maxwell Brusky: Podcast Superstar
  • 5:30 Spring practice... Just kidding. It's rambling. Mikey Dudek is the new Iowa.
  • 9:30 We are #TeamDare and other RB talk.
  • 16:15 Alex Hornibrook is strong out the gate.
  • 20:45 Weekly (semi-weekly) McEvoy talk and the WR's.
  • 26:00 Sojourn Shelton rebounds.
  • 29:10 Paul Chryst is NOT a quote machine.
  • 40:30 Good night.
       

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 68 - Way Too Early Depth Charts: Defensive and Special Teams Edition

Wrapping up what they started last week, Rich and Max take a stab at projecting the 2015 defense. They look at some of the new starters at defensive line and linebacker and agree that the secondary looks very crowded with the potential additions of Tanner McEvoy and Natrell Jamerson, but first take time to examine the significance of how the John Settle hire was rolled out.  

SHOW NOTES:

  • 1:30 A series of apologies
  • 4:00 How the University introduced Coach Settle
  • 12:10 The defensive line
  • 22:20 The linebackers
  • 33:00 The defensive backs
  • 44:45 Kicking and punting and returning
  • 50:00 Player acquisition, player development and player deployment... Boom.
  • 56:30 That's a wrap
       

Episode 62 - 2014 Retrospective with Jesse Temple

With the dust finally starting to settle surrounding the coaching change, Rich and Max catch up with official Friend of the Show (his words, not ours) Jesse Temple to reflect on the 2014 season.  Jesse gives his thoughts on the staff's handling of the quarterback situation, why Rich was so wrong about Marcus Trotter place in Dave Aranda's defense, and of course no visit from Jesse is complete without some fashion talk.  There is something for everyone!

SHOW NOTES

  • 2:20 What do we call Jesse Temple?
  • 4:50 Please welcome the incomparable Jesse Temple
  • 5:30 Melvin Gordon is an honest guy
  • 9:00 Who surprised?
  • 13:10 Who underachieved?
  • 15:00 Did this year have more weird storylines than usual?
  • 18:35 Did the handling of the QB set the team back?
  • 25:30 What allowed Trotter to thrive in Aranda's system?
  • 27:15 What happened to the freshmen WR's?
  • 30:00 Was the staff surprised by the scrutiny?
  • 31:45 Did the coach and media dynamic change after the LSU game?
  • 34:20 In hindsight did you see red flags prior to Andersen's exit?
  • 36:45 Summing up the 2014 season and the Andersen era
  • 41:00 Is there a difference in the media coverage of Paul Chryst?
  • 43:40 Listener question... Yep, just one
  • 48:45 Recapping Jesse's predictions
  • 55:00 Good night everybody
       

Episode 51 - Week 11: Taking too Much from Purdue

Rich and Max try not to take too much from the Badgers' 34-16 victory over Purdue, but just can't help it, especially when it come to the quarterbacks and the salty defense.  They also offer their thoughts on "Freedom" and roll out the latest from JSComments.  This week's show went a little long, but it wraps up with an intriguing suprise at the end.  Everyone likes surprises, right?

       

Episode 50 - Week 10: Rich Does Rutgers

Returning from a wet and miserable day in Piscataway, Rich gives his take as a visiting fan to High Point Solutions Stadium.  Continuing on the misery theme, Rich and Max talk about the Badgers quarterback play as well but balance that out with some big complements for the defense and special teams.  The show is rounded out with a short preview of the Purdue game in the coming week. 

       

Episode 49 - Week 9: Tickled Pink with a Win over Maryland

Rich and Max relive the glory that was the Badgers' 52-7 trouncing of Maryland.  They look at the multitudes of positives in all three phases of play while still finding time to discuss moving, Max's odd use of the word certain verbiage, and Rich's big plans for the Rutgers game this coming week.  It's a LONG show, but tons to talk about!

       

Episode 47 - Week 7: A Not So Convincing Win Over Illinois

Despite rebounding with a solid 38-24 win over the Illini, Rich and Max delve into what was a far from perfect performance from the Badgers.  They examine the use of Tanner McEvoy and Joel Stave at quarterback, Sojourn Shelton's rough afternoon, and the breakout performance of Leon Jacobs.  Despite all this they even find time to have an impromptu business meeting before closing out the show.  

       

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 45 - Week 6: A Rainy Day in Evanston

Rich and Max sift through the still smoldering embers of the Northwestern game and try to answer the burning questions surrounding UW's offense, specifically a seeming QB controversy and just what's with this offensive line. Also, was the defense really THAT bad? Also, the first winners of the @JSComments message board trivia contest are revealed!


       

Episode 44 - Talking Football with Brooks Bollinger

In a special bonus episode of the BuckAround, Rich and Max are joined by former Badger quarterback and University of Pittsburgh assistant coach Brooks Bollinger to get his perspective on the current team through the eyes of a former player and coach.  Brooks talks about the development of Tanner McEvoy, how players handle criticism from fans, and compares the offensive scheme of Andy Ludwig to that of Paul Chryst and coordinators under Barry Alvarez.  To put is simply: this is a really worthwhile listen.