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Badgers expect Chris Borland to play vs. Iowa

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The bye weekend apparently came at the perfect time for one of the top linebackers in the country.

Chris Borland missed most of Wisconsin’s Oct. 19 win over Illinois with a tweaked hamstring.  While there was some concern that, even with the off time, Borland could miss additional game, time, the senior was listed as the starter on UW’s depth chart Monday.

Head coach Gary Andersen appeared to be cautiously optimistic  about Borland’s availability for the Iowa game Saturday, although the team will continue to be cautious with the starter during practice in an effort to keep him from aggravating the injury.

“We’ll see when we get out there (about practice),” Andersen said. “I expect him to play, yes. Practice, we’ll be careful. We’ll continually watch him and monitor him as it goes. Our trainers have done a good job getting him to this point.”

Borland is far and away the Badgers’ leading tackler with 57; the next closest is Michael Caputo‘s 34.  He’s also tied for second on the team in sacks (two) and third in tackles for loss (three).

Monday, he was announced as one of a dozen semifinalists for the 2013 Butkus Award, given annually to the nation’s best linebacker.

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

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Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

Dabo Swinney
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Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.