Saturday, September 4, 2010

Wisconsin/UNLV Preview

The Badgers and Running Rebels will kick off the season with a match-up at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can catch the action by tuning into Versus at 10:00 P.M. Central Time.

Background: This will be the ninth time these two teams have met up. The Badgers lead the all-time series 6-2 including a 3-1 record at Sam Boyd Stadium. The last time they met up was in 2007 at UNLV where the Badgers pulled out a 20-13 win behind a late Tyler Donovan touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. UNLV missed out on a huge upset bid as the Badgers were ranked fifth nationally at the time.

What the Game Means For The Badgers: The Badgers look to win their 13th straight season-opener and uphold the high expectations that come with being ranked 12th in the nation. Junior running back John Clay will also attempt to show that he can be a Heisman hopeful on his surgically-repaired ankles.

What the Game Means For The Running Rebels: UNLV brings in a new coach in Bobby Hauck who ranks first all-time in the Big Sky Conference for his 81-17 record at Montana. He becomes the tenth coach in UNLV history. The Running Rebels will attempt to continue their five game winning streak in season-openers.

Players To Watch: RB John Clay (Wisconsin) and QB Mike Clausen (UNLV)

Prediction: This game should be much more lopsided than the 2007 affair. I expect the Badgers' to start slow because they are not sure what to expect out of the Running Rebels' new coach. However, Clay and company should wear down the UNLV offense en route to a 40-17 victory.

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