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The gates opened at 6:30 a.m., the show started at 8 and, by 11 a.m., the fans that made their way to Camp Randall Stadium for Saturday's broadcast of ESPN College GameDay were cheering as Lee Corso returned to the stage dressed as Bucky Badger from head to toe.
Corso, famous for announcing his picks by donning the heads of mascot costumes, went the extra mile in Madison by putting on the full Bucky outfit to show his confidence in a Badgers win tonight against No. 1 Ohio State.
The move capped an exciting morning that saw Corso, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Erin Andrews go around the world of college football over the course of their three-hour show.
Beyond Corso's pick, the highlight for UW fans was the inspiring story of Jaxson Hinkens, a 6-year-old cancer patient befriended by Badgers quarterback Scott Tolzien and his teammates. Tolzien helped tell the story of how he and Jaxson grew close through phone calls and visits to American Family Children's Hospital in Madison.
Head coach Bret Bielema and Jaxson's parents also were featured to help tell the special story.
The UW Marching Band and spirit squads were in attendance, as well. We'll have a full photo gallery and video recap of the event soon at UWBadgers.com
The event, which is free and open to the public, marks the Badgers' first appearance at the Field House since 1998. Doors open at 2 p.m.
Marianela of ESPNU Road Trip did a little freelance work for us at UWBadgers.com on Friday, getting Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor's thoughts on opening the season. The Badgers had their first official practice of 2010-11 on Friday. Check out the video:
In case you haven't noticed -- and it's been impossible not to notice if you work at Camp Randall Stadium -- Madison has spent the past two days being transformed into the center of the college sports universe.
It began Thursday when crews from ESPN, ESPN 3D, ESPN Radio, ESPN College GameDay, ESPNU Road Trip and the Sports Illustrated College Football Experience literally invaded Camp Randall to begin setting up for Saturday's matchup between No. 16 Wisconsin and No. 1 Ohio State.
The madness has continued today and quickly enveloped the men's basketball and men's hockey teams, as well. Both programs have already been the subject of pieces filmed for the ESPNU Road Trip show.
'The Herd with Colin Cowherd' broadcast live this morning from the terrace at the Memorial Union. 'The Scott Van Pelt Show' is airing live as I type this with co-host Ryen Rusello orginating his portion of the broadcast from the lawn in front of the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center.
That set is the same one that Rusello and company will use for the day-long College GameDay on ESPN Radio broadcast Saturday.
Then there's the live broadcast of ESPN College GameDay live from inside Camp Randall beginning at 8 a.m. Gates open at 6:30 for those of you who want to join Chris, Lee, Kirk and Desmond.
And that's all before ESPN and ESPN 3D offer their live broadcasts of the showdown between the Badgers and Buckeyes. That's what we're all here for, remember.
But that's not stopping ESPNU Road Trip from picking up some color from around town by stopping by men's hockey practice and getting ice cream at the Union with Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor of the men's basketball team.
The hockey Badgers take on Alabama-Huntsville at 7 p.m. tonight to open their weekend series, with the basketball team then taking over the UW Field House at 2:30 p.m. Saturday for Field House Madness.
And we're going to be there. Keep checking back here all weekend for behind-the-scenes access and updates from hockey, College GameDay and Field House Madness, among others.
We'll chronicle the Weekend of the Badger here on the UWBadgers.com blog, on the Wisconsin Athletics YouTube channel and on Twitter through @UWBadgersdotcom. If you're tweeting, be sure to use the #beatohiostate hashtag.
It's going to be a fun ride over the next 48 hours. Buckle up.
The Wisconsin women's and men's track and field teams find themselves receiving accolades in the 2010 FloAwards from flotrack.org.
The UW men were voted as a sleeper pick in the FloAwards, as the Badgers are returning four of their top five teams from last year's seventh-place NCAA team. FloTrack highlights the Badgers' top returnees, including sophomore Mohammed Ahmed and senior Landon Peacock.
Freshman Alex Hatz looks to be a threat in the upcoming indoor seasons according to FloTrack, after receiving 83 votes from fans to earn a spot on the site's FloFrosh rankings. Based on his performance as a high school athlete, the readers ranked him fourth in the FloFrosh rundown.
On the women's side, freshman Emily Sisson is expected to contribute significantly in the upcoming season and earned the top spot in the women's FloFrosh. Sisson's performance in the summer looks to have sky-rocketed her status, as she finished third at the 2009 Footlocker Championships and ran personal bests in both the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters at the World Junior Championships. Sisson has the fastest 5,000-meter time of any woman in the NCAA field.
Both the UW men's and women's cross country teams will be running this Saturday in the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, and you can catch Emily Sisson among those competing for Wisconsin.
Marcus Landry (2004-09) was invited to the Sacramento Kings' camp last week and is among 19 players competing for 15 roster spots. Landry began the 2009-10 season with the Knicks before being dealt to the Celtics and finishing the season with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.
Greg Stiemsma (2003-08) also has signed on to compete for a roster spot on the Cleveland Cavaliers' training camp roster. Stiemsma spent the 2009-10 season playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBDL.
After his outstanding performance at the 2010 FIBA World Championships over the summer, Kirk Penney (1999-2003) was added the San Antonio Spurs' camp roster on Tuesday.
From the Spurs' release:
The San Antonio Spurs today announced they have added Kirk Penney to the training camp roster. The addition brings the Spurs roster to 19 players.
Penney, a native of New Zealand, is coming off an impressive showing at the 2010 FIBA World Championships. In six games with the Tall Blacks, he averaged 24.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting .458 (44-96) from the field, .367 (18-49) from three-point range and .764 (42-55) from the foul line. His 24.7 ppg scoring average ranked second in the competition. Penney has represented the Tall Blacks in numerous international competitions, including the 2004 Olympics in Athens and 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
The 6-5, 220-pound guard has spent the last three seasons playing for the New Zealand Breakers in the National Basketball League. He was named the NBL MVP in 2009 after leading the league in scoring (24.2 ppg) and was selected to the All-NBL First Team in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Penney had a brief stint in the NBA with the Miami Heat and the L.A. Clippers in 2004 appearing in six games. He has seen action with the Sioux Falls Skyforce (2010) and the Asheville Altitude (2004-05) in the NBA Development League. Penney has also played professionally in Spain, Lithuania, Israel and Germany.
Stiemsma, Penney and Landry join Devin Harris, who enters his third season with the New Jersey Nets and seventh season overall, as the former Badgers currently on NBA training camp rosters.
Favor Hamilton, a nine-time NCAA champion during her time at UW, checks in at No. 19 on the countdown. Her special, hosted by broadcasting legend Keith Jackson, will air at 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Here's a brief glimpse of Favor Hamilton's episode of Big Ten Icons.
The game will air on ESPN2 in all other areas of the country. The coverage map can be found below:
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With ESPN providing live coverage of Saturday's home-opener for the Wisconsin football
team, even fans without seats at Camp Randall Stadium can see the Badgers take on San Jose State.
Now, the same goes for the Fifth Quarter.
In addition to ESPN's live broadcast, Saturday's game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com and, for the first time, the web stream will include live coverage of the Fifth Quarter after the game.
Fans can watch the UW Marching Band's traditional post-game performance immediately following Saturday's game, with ESPN3.com extending its broadcast until the conclusion of the Fifth Quarter.
The Fifth Quarter coverage will only be available live, however, and will not be available as part of the archived game broadcast.
If you want to catch the Fifth Quarter -- and the Badgers-Spartans matchup -- in person, tickets are still available.