Football: No. 9 Wisconsin projected as heavy favorite against struggling Georgia State

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin football team is expected to discard Georgia State at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday like a can of Natural Light in a freshman dorm room.The No. 9 Badgers (2-0) are favored over the Panthers (0-2) by 35.5 points and have a 98.4 percent chance of winning, according to ESPN.UW released an extensive injury report on Thursday, revealing that the team will have to limp through Saturday’s contest, though it may not seem that way when the clock hits quadruple zeros.Senior running back Corey Clement is listed as questionable, and starting left guard redshirt freshman Jon Dietzen is out. Dietzen’s leg injury caused him to leave last week’s win over Akron early. Clement was limited in practice this week, playing in just the first half after a Zips defender tackle forced him to re-tape both of ankles on the bench.Football: Third-down success on both sides of ball key for No. 9 Wisconsin moving forwardIt’s no secret that third down is the most important down in football. Usually, the team that converts the majority Read…If Clement is not available, he will miss an opportunity to go up against one of the worst run defenses in the country. The Panthers have allowed an average of 394.5 points per game (ranking 128th in the country) on the ground through their first two games this season.The defense also concedes an average of 5.8 yards per carry.“I thought that we were horrible,” Georgia State’s fifth-year head coach Trent Miles said on a conference call with reporters this week. “I didn’t think we played well. We didn’t play good football, [including the] fundamentals and basics of blocking and tackling and kicking and throwing and catching. We’ve got to fix that if we want to be a competitive football team.”On the defensive side of the ball for the Badgers, the Wisconsin secondary continues to take hits. After learning that UW would lose Natrell Jamerson for four to six weeks Sunday, it appeared as though true freshman Caesar Williams could see some reps at the third corner spot. That won’t happen as he will be out Saturday. Expect junior Lubern Figaro or redshirt freshman Titus Booker to take his first meaningful snaps in Jamerson’s place.True freshman wide receiver A.J. Taylor will return kicks for the Badgers Saturday, even after head coach Paul Chryst said earlier in the week that Clement was a “viable option” for the task. Clement was listed above Taylor at the kick returner spot on the team’s depth chart released Monday.The Badger secondary’s biggest challenge Saturday, other than finding a suitable replacement for Jamerson, will be stopping Georgia State receiver Robert Davis. Davis ranks eighth among FBS active leaders in receiving yards (2,563) and 13 in receptions (166).Also out for Saturday’s game are freshman defensive lineman Billy Hirschfield (leg), fifth-year senior wide receiver Reggie Love (infection) and redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Thomas (leg).Georgia State is in just its fifth-year as a Division I FBS program. The Panthers managed only two wins in their first three years of existence but broke out last year with a (6-7) record to earn Miles the Sun Belt Coach of the Year honors along with an appearance in the Cure Bowl.Game information (TV, radio, time)When: 11 a.m.Where: Camp Randall Stadium. Madison, Wisconsin.TV: Big Ten Network (Brandon Gaudin, Chuck Long).Radio: Badgers Sports Network; Sirius 81/XM 81 (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Mark Tauscher).last_img read more

Bulldogs set sights on a title

first_imgANAHEIM – They expected to eventually play Bishop Montgomery, Colony or Hart, but unseeded St. Bernard will provide the opposition for top-ranked Pasadena High School in today’s CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA boys basketball championship at Honda Center in Anaheim at 2:15 p.m. While Pasadena (29-2) stormed past Murrieta Valley 78-56 in the semifinals and has defeated its playoff opponents by an average of 27 points, the Vikings (18-9) have survived four consecutive nail-biters. They haven’t defeated an opponent by more than five points in the postseason. For the Bulldogs, overlooking opponents hasn’t been a problem. “They’re here,” Bulldogs coach Tim Tucker said of St. Bernard. “That’s all you need to know. “We learned our lesson last year after getting knocked out in the second round of the playoffs (as the top seed). You have to make sure you’re as prepared as you can and leave it all on the floor, because this is it.” When the Bulldogs walk into Honda Center this afternoon, they might be more at ease than they were in their trip in 2005, which ended in a championship game loss to Dominguez. PHS is hoping to win its first title since 1995. It has three seniors, Trevon Harmon, Chris Williams and Torey Phillips, who made the trip to Anaheim two years ago. After the Vikings defeated No. 7 Arroyo Valley 57-52 in the semifinals, coach Robert Alaniz didn’t sound nearly as surprised as the opponents they knocked off. “Maybe some of the teams overlook us; I don’t know,” Alaniz said. “I think everyone who has gone against (us) in the playoffs has been surprised by our quickness.” center_img “We have players with experience in this situation and that’s important,” Tucker said. “When we came here a couple years ago, we were mesmerized by the marble on the walls and the beauty of the building. “When we walk in there (today), it’s all business.” Perhaps nobody is playing with as much intensity and consistency as the Bulldogs’ duo of 6-foot-7 forward Nigel Ajere, who’s averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Harmon, averaging 25 points. But Phillips, a 6-3 guard, has been just as steady, doing all the dirty work and hitting timely shots to give the Bulldogs a solid third option. “You can’t say enough about what Nigel and Trevon have done in the playoffs, but Torey Phillips is one of our MVPs, too,” Tucker said. “His steadiness has been unbelievable for us. I have no problem going to him when things are getting tough.” fred.robledo@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more