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Wisconsin wide receiver Danny Davis III tries to catch a pass as Michigan's Tyree Kinnel goes for the tackle during the first half Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. The play was rued a catch and overturned on review.

ESPN’s College GameDay films in Madison

ESPN broadcast its popular College GameDay show on Saturday morning from Bascom Hill on the University of Wisconsin campus before the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers hosted the No. 19 Michigan Wolverines at Camp Randall Stadium.

ESPN also broadcast College Football Live on Friday night and shot live segments for SportsCenter from Bascom Hill starting Saturday at 6:10 a.m.

The show last filmed the national pregame show from Madison on Oct. 15, 2016, as No. 2 Ohio State beat Wisconsin 30-23 in overtime after the Buckeyes overcame a 10-point halftime deficit.

The Badgers entered Saturday with a 5-9 overall record in games with College GameDay broadcasting, going 3-3 in the previous six GameDay matchups in Madison.

Badgers honor senior class

UW recognized members of its senior class before kickoff Saturday as part of Wisconsin’s annual Senior Day.

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The Badgers seniors entered the Badgers’ game against the Wolverines as the winningest class in university history with 42 victories over the last four seasons. Members of the 13-player senior class recognized on Saturday were: inside linebacker Jack Cichy, outside linebacker Garret Dooley, safety Joe Ferguson, cornerback Lubern Figaro, tight end Troy Fumagalli, running back Rachid Ibrahim, outside linebacker Leon Jacobs, safety Natrell Jamerson, defensive end Alec James, defensive end Chikwe Obasih, fullback Austin Ramesh, defensive end Conor Sheehy and cornerback Derrick Tindal.

UW also recognized three senior student mangers: Jake Dragoo, Mitchel Fenrich and Andy Miller.

Championship trophy on display in Madison

The National Championship Trophy, which is presented to the winner of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Atlanta on Jan. 8, 2018, was on display at Walmart Supercenters in Sun Prairie and Monona on Friday.

Fans could have their pictures taken with the 24-karat gold trophy, which is presented by Dr. Pepper. The trophy is on a season-long tour with stops at public events and important games, including a stop Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium for the matchup between fifth-ranked Wisconsin and No. 19 Michigan.

Fox Sports reporter has ties to Wisconsin

Jenny Taft, FOX Sports’ lead college football sideline reporter, was in Madison as part of the network’s coverage of a basketball and football “double-header” on Thursday and Saturday. The UW men’s basketball team lost to the 17th-ranked Xavier Musketeers on Thursday night at the Kohl Center.

Taft, a Minnesota native currently working out of Los Angeles, has strong ties to the University of Wisconsin. Her father, John Taft, played for the UW men’s hockey team, was part of the 1973 NCAA championship team and also played for “Badger” Bob Johnson in the 1976 Olympic Games.

Taft’s grandfather, George Field, was a vice president at UW before becoming chancellor at UW-River Falls. Taft, whose uncle Donald Field taught forest ecology at Wisconsin, even has a favorite pregame spot in Madison: Mickie’s Dairy Bar.

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