Saturday, August 30, 2008

Badgers Beat a Lesser Opponent at Home.... Cool...

I love college football as much as the next guy, but I have to admit it was a little hard for me to get up and get excited about today's Badger game. I just feel like today's game is one I've seen hundreds of times.

The higher ranked Badgers welcome in a team that isn't very good. The Badgers are favored by about 30 points or so. The Badgers struggle in the first half. The Badgers pull away in the second half, but don't cover the spread.

Been there, done that.

I'm not trying to be a downer about college football, but this game really doesn't matter, unless of course the Badgers were to lose. Which was very unlikely. So while we're only treated to some 12 Badger games a year, we have to sit through stinkers like this one three or four times every season. It'll be the same next week against Marshall. It'll be even worse later this season when they take on Cal Poly.

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that it's still August, and I'm not ready to be in college football mode. But more likely, it's just not fun watching something when you already know what the outcome will be.

As far as the game today, the Badgers did win (although didn't cover the spread), as they beat Akron 38-17. Allan Evridge didn't have to do much, he went 7 for 10, with 75 yards, 1 TD, and 1 INT. Tight end Garrett Graham caught the TD pass.

The real story for the Badgers was the running game, as usual. Wisconsin gained a total of 404 yards on the ground, 210 of them coming from P.J. Hill. Hill also had two touchdowns on the day. Zach Brown added 87 yards and a touch, while John Clay scored while gaining 71 yards.

The #13 rated Badgers start the season 1-0, and will take on Marshall next week.


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