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Football: Bumbaca breaks down No. 8 Badgers’ matchup with No. 2 Buckeyes

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first_imgT.J. Edwards remembers watching the 2014 Big Ten Championship game — Ohio State’s 59-0 embarrassment of Wisconsin Dec. 5 of that year — from his dorm room in Madison.Edwards, then redshirting, was on the scout team, which did not travel to Indianapolis for the showdown. Regardless, they felt the wrath of the Buckeyes from a couple state-lines away.“It was hard to watch,” Edwards said. “I know a lot of guys worked really hard to make the Big Ten Championship Game. To see them lose like that, it was tough.”Now a redshirt sophomore inside linebacker, Edwards said the Badgers intend to flip the script Saturday night when No. 2 Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) visits Camp Randall Stadium to take on the No. 8 Badgers (4-1, 1-1).Football: No. 8 Badgers must contain J.T. Barrett for shot at upsetting Ohio StateEach player on the University of Wisconsin football team’s defense will be keyed into No. 16 of Ohio State University Read…Senior running back Corey Clement actually played on the field during the game against Ohio State in 2014 as a sophomore in the midst of a successful season, backing up the best back in the nation, Melvin Gordon.Clement disclosed Tuesday that neither he nor Gordon were fully healthy in that game.“I don’t think half the team was 100 percent,” Clement said. “Myself, Melvin, a lot of those guys can relate back and — not laugh at the game — but just say, ‘Man, if we were only just one step closer to being healthy’ … It would have been a special game for us.”But this season, Wisconsin will be coming off a bye week, with nearly two weeks of preparation for the Buckeyes. Wisconsin has won eight of its last nine games following the bye week. Redshirt sophomore center Michael Deiter said Camp Randall will be rocking, much to the delight of the Badgers.“It’s just going to be that much more fun,” Deiter said Tuesday. “It’s that much more of an opportunity. To play against a team like this in an environment like it’s going to be, it’s going to be something special, something I’ll never forget.”Still, the defense will be missing its leader in Vince Biegel. The fifth-year senior is still in a walking boot, following surgery to repair a cracked foot. Junior cornerback and special teams impact-player Natrell Jamerson is also still out.The last night game between Wisconsin and Ohio State at Camp Randall is one UW fans will never forget. The first-ranked Buckeyes fell to the Badgers in front of a raucous crowd, which reached a seemingly immeasurable decibel-level when David Gilreath returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. It was Wisconsin’s only win over Ohio State since 2004 (the Buckeyes have claimed seven of the last eight Badger games).UW head coach Paul Chryst said earlier this week he respects immensely the way Urban Meyer has constructed the Buckeyes’ football program. Meyer won his third national title (first at OSU) after steamrolling the Badgers in the Big Ten Championship Game and capturing the first title of the College Football Playoff era.The memories are still there, but it’s time to leave them in the rearview mirror, Clement said.“That’s two years ago,” Clement said. “Now we can look forward to this one. Put the past in the past.”Bumbaca’s Prediction: Ohio State 21, Wisconsin 17Again?! Yes, I pick a loss for the Badgers once again. But I’ve only been right once! So, that’s good news for Wisconsin fans, I suppose.I think the defense will be just as stout as it was against Michigan. But quarterback J.T. Barrett is too versatile on the ground and through the air; the points will emerge from somewhere. It’s not a knock on the defense. It’s a universal law of the current state of college football.Offensively, I see the Wisconsin running game slowly erupting. The linemen know they need to step up, and Clement is finally completely healthy — expect a few big ground gains to keep the Badgers’ offense moving.Overall, the Buckeyes will be slightly too much for the Badgers to handle, but a 10.5 point spread for this game? Vegas with another insult at Wisconsin (easy money for my gamblers out there though). They’ll keep it closer than that.TV, Radio, Game InformationWhen: Saturday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. CTWhere: Camp Randall Stadium (80,321), Madison, WisconsinTV: ABC (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder)Radio: Badger Sports Radio Network Sirius/XM 84 (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Mark Tauscher, Patrick Herb)Series record: Ohio State leads, 57-18-5; In Madison: Ohio State leads, 26-11-2last_img read more

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Women’s water polo preps for Barbara Kalbus Invite

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first_imgAfter rising to a No. 3 rank, the women’s water polo team will look to add its third-straight title victory at the Barbara Kalbus Invitation this weekend. The Trojans have won the last two years’ tournaments, which have been hosted by UC Irvine. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanOver three days, the team will have the chance to face four opponents, including top competitors such as No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Cal and No. 4 UCLA. The tournament is a chance for the top teams in the MPSF and the nation to face off. From year to year, it is a consistently competitive weekend, but this year, the tournament will feature 16 top-20 teams, providing a truly elite lineup of competition.The weekend for the Trojans will start out with a matchup against San Jose State on Friday. The No. 18 team will provide a solid challenge to begin the weekend, but the team’s eyes will be set on the second game of the tourney. A win over San Jose State would result in a game against the winner of the opening game between No. 6 Arizona State and No. 15 UC San Diego on Saturday. An opportunity to face the Sun Devils this early in the tournament would be a welcome trial for the Trojans, who often duel with them in the MPSF tournament.A pair of opening victories would give the Trojans a berth into the semifinal game on Saturday night. The ultimate goal of the tournament is to reach the championship game on Sunday, which could set the team against any of its in-state foes. The Trojans already took down the Bruins in a 6-4 victory in the title game of the Triton Invitational two weeks ago. The win gave the Trojans their fifth-straight championship in the tournament, highlighted by two goals from standout freshman driver Paige Hauschild, who scored the final goal to clinch the 2-point advantage. Hauschild went on to win MPSF Newcomer of the Week following her performance in the tournament. The award was her second in only six weeks of NCAA play.Although the Trojans took home the title thanks to a ferocious offensive effort — with senior captain driver Brianna Daboub notching her 100th career goal in the semifinal victory over UC Irvine — it was the defense that held down the championship for USC. Goalkeepers senior Victoria Chamorro and junior Amanda Longan split time in the net, with Chamorro earning 27 saves on the weekend and Longan picking up 23 in the semifinal and championship match.A similar defensive effort will be necessary for the Trojans this weekend, as they will most likely face off against two of the top four teams in the nation. The team has yet to face Cal and Stanford so far this season, but all three teams are well-acquainted as they will play each other a handful of times in regular season games and tournaments, as well as in the MPSF and NCAA tournaments. The matchups are not set in stone yet, but the Trojans can expect a challenge no matter which of their in-state rivals they face at the finish line.last_img read more

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