Eagles keep former Wisconsin RB Corey Clement

He didn’t get taken in the 2017 NFL Draft, but it looks like things will work out just fine for Corey Clement.

According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, the former Wisconsin running back has made the Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster.

Clement ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns during the preseason, and added another 46 yards on seven catches.

A New Jersey native that grew up about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Clement performed at a much higher level than fifth-round pick Donnel Pumphrey, who had just 49 yards on 26 carries.

The news on Clement means the top four running backs from 2013 — James White, Melvin Gordon, Derek Watt and Clement — are all on an NFL roster to start 2017.

Other former Wisconsin players on the bubble that were able to stick included WR Jared Abbrederis (Lions), WR Alex Erickson (Bengals) and CB Darius Hillary (Browns)

Not every Wisconsin player was as fortunate, though, with a number getting cut this weekend.

QB Bart Houston (source)

OT Tyler Marz (source)

RB Dare Ogunbowale (source)

S Dezmen Southward (source)

QB Joel Stave (source)

TE Austin Traylor (source)

OL Kraig Urbik (source)

WR Rob Wheelwright (source)

Wisconsin Pro Day results and observations

MADISON, Wis. — 12 former University of Wisconsin football players took part in the annual pro day held at the McClain Center hoping to make one final impact ahead of the NFL Draft.

For the third year in a row, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson was in Madison scouting potential new talent for the roster. Of particular interest was linebacker T.J. Watt, who many draft analysts believe would be a legitimate option for Green Bay with the 29th overall selection. But there were plenty of other Wisconsin prospects, as well…

Biggest winners

RB Corey Clement: Clement took part in every drill but the bench press after a less-than-stellar NFL Scouting Combine performance. His biggest area of improvement was in the 40-yard dash, where Clement clocked in at 4.54 seconds — a significant improvement over his official 4.68 from Indianapolis. His vertical jump increased from 28.5 inches to 32, while his broad jump was five inches better at 120 inches.

“I came back from the combine and I was so down on myself,” Clement said. “I was like, ‘That’s not me, that’s not a reflection of who I am and what I can run.’ …If you’re in a groove and you’re having a positive day, I think everything is going to reflect [that].”

S Leo Musso: While he didn’t get a chance to compete at the combine, Musso proved that height is only a number. He posted impressive figures in the vertical jump (40.5 inches), broad jump (128 inches), three-cone drill (6.56 seconds) and several others, proving he should have gotten an invite to Indianapolis.

WR Rob Wheelwright: Perhaps Wheelwright falls into the same category. Like Musso, he would have ranked in the top five in multiple drills among receivers had he competed at the combine. Wheelwright’s best efforts were in the 40-yard dash (4.54 seconds), vertical jump (38 inches), and broad jump (128.5 inches).

“I showed I can run well, I can move, I can catch, and I can jump,” Wheelwright told reporters after his workout. “That’s what you need to be — athletic. But you also need to be able to know the game.”

Wheelwright noted that a handful of teams showed interest in him at the pro day, including the Packers, Raiders, and Chiefs.

Here’s a look at the official figures, courtesy of the Badgers:

Other notes and observations

Linebacker T.J. Watt mainly worked on position drills for team scouts, and as Jared Tokarz put it, the Packers were “very impressed” by what they saw from Watt during his pro day.

Left tackle Ryan Ramczyk didn’t take part in any of the on-field work and simply used his time to meet with prospective teams. At the conclusion of the workouts, all former Badgers were available for media interviews, except for Ramczyk who left for a private lunch with an unnamed NFL team representative.

Corey Clement announces he’s received an invite to NFL Scouting Combine

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin running back Corey Clement will get a chance to prove himself in front of hundreds of scouts after announcing he’d received an invite to the NFL combine in Indianapolis.

Clement made the announcement via Facebook, paving way for the Glassboro, N.J. native to prove himself on a national stage. CBS Sports ranks him as the No. 8 running back in the 2017 NFL Draft class.

Clement hoped to make the jump to the NFL last season, but a nagging sports hernia, along with an off-campus fight led to missed games and a season he’d like to put behind him.

Leo Musso, T.J. Watt among the award winners at Wisconsin’s team banquet

MADISON | From all-state running back to All-Big Ten safety.

That’s the road that Leo Musso traveled in the last five years, and on Friday night he received one of the bigger honors a Wisconsin player can get when he was named the Jimmy Demetral Most Valuable Player at the team’s annual banquet.

“We’ve been fortunate to have a bunch of guys step up into leadership roles for us,” head coach Paul Chryst said in a press release. “What you appreciate about Leo is that he’s someone who has always led by example but also hasn’t been afraid to speak up when he feels like his voice is needed. He has everyone’s respect. He’s been a great player for our defense and a great leader for our program.”

The award is voted on by UW’s coaches and players, and it comes to Musso after a career that saw him arrive in Madison after a stellar prep career as a running back at Waunakee, move to the other side of the ball, fight for the starting job in 2013, 2014 and 2015 before grabbing ahold of it this season and not letting go. Musso finished the regular season with a team-high five interceptions — the second-most in the Big Ten — and was a part of a defense that ranked fourth in the country in points allowed per game.

Other awards:

In a season where no one stood head and shoulders above anyone else on offense, senior running back Corey Clement claimed the Offensive Player of the Year award by rushing for 1,304 yards and 14 touchdowns. The New Jersey native gained more than 100 yards in seven of Wisconsin’s final eight games, including 164 yards in the Big Ten Championship game against Penn State.

On the other side of the ball, junior T.J. Watt — a consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection at outside linebacker — was named Wisconsin’s Defensive Player of the Year. In his first year starting, Watt racked up a 10.5 sacks to lead the conference, while also collecting 14.5 tackles for loss.

Long snapper Connor Udelhoven, who has handled the snaps on field goals for the past four seasons, and all of Wisconsin’s snapping needs the last two, earned the Special Teams Player of the Year award.

Here is the full list of award winners:

Jimmy Demetral Team MVP

Presented annually to the player most instrumental to the success of the team, as selected by his teammates and coaches.

  • Leo Musso

Offensive Player of the Year

Presented annually to the top player on offense, as selected by the coaching staff.

  • Corey Clement

Defensive Player of the Year

Presented annually to the top player on defense, as selected by the coaching staff.

  • T.J. Watt

Special Teams Player of the Year

Presented annually to the most valuable player on special teams, as selected by the coaching staff.

  • Connor Udelhoven

Ivan Williamson Scholastic Award

Presented annually to a player who has been exemplary in the areas of scholarship and sportsmanship.

  • Eric Steffes, Serge Trezy

Most Improved Player

Presented to the players on offense, defense and special teams whose work ethic and dedication led to improvement on the field.

  • Michael Deiter, Ryan Ramczyk (Offense)
  • Ryan Connelly, Sojourn Shelton (Defense)
  • P.J. Rosowski (Special Teams)

Scout Team Player of the Year | Offense

Presented annually to the offensive player who excelled on the scout team in preparing the defense for each week’s game.

  • Ricky Finco

Scout Team Player of the Year | Defense

Presented annually to the defensive player who excelled on the scout team in preparing the offense for each week’s game. 

Wayne Souza Coaches Appreciation

Presented annually to the offensive player who has contributed to the team’s success to the best of his abilities. It is based upon improvement, attitude and willingness to help the program in all areas. 

  • Bart Houston

Jay Seiler Coaches Appreciation

Presented annually to the defensive player who has contributed to the team’s success to the best of his abilities. It is based upon improvement, attitude and willingness to help the program in all areas. 

  • Vince Biegel

Tom Wiesner Award

Presented annually to a Wisconsin-born student-athlete whose loyalty, hard work, spirit and dedication are unselfishly directed to the success of the team. The award is given in memory of Wiesner, a Wisconsin football letterwinner (1958-60).

Badger Power Award

Presented annually to the player that consistently performs at a high level in all aspects of the strength and conditioning program. An individual who has a great work ethic coupled with a positive attitude that garners the respect of teammates, is dependable, buys into the program and shows constant improvement.

  • Conor Sheehy

Six offensive players for Wisconsin receive All-Big Ten recognition

MADISON | A day after the Big Ten announced its yearly honorees on the defensive side of the ball, the conference flipped over to the other side on Wednesday with several Badgers being recognized.

Following his first real year as the marquee running back and gaining 1,140 yards and scoring 13 touchdowns, senior Corey Clement was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and second team by the media.

The only other first-team selection for the Badgers was left tackle Ryan Ramczyk, a consensus pick by the coaches and media in his first year of playing Division I football after two years at Division III UW-Stevens Point.

Meanwhile, tight end Troy Fumagalli was a second-team pick by the coaches and a third-team selection by the media, while guard Beau Benzschawel also received second-team honors from the coaches and third-team from the writers.

Garnering honorable mention from both block of voters was center Michael Deiter and wide receiver Jazz Peavy.

Wisconsin’s opponent in Saturday night’s Big Ten title game, Penn State, had several players honored, including running back Saquon Barkley, who was named the Big Ten offensive player of the year.

You can find a full list of the award winners here:

Preview: Minnesota at No. 6 Wisconsin

THE BASICS

The teams: The Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-3, 5-3) vs the No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers (9-2, 6-2)

The time: 2:30 p.m. CDT, Saturday

The place: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.

The TV coverage: Big Ten Network with Kevin Kugler and Matt Millen in the booth, and Lisa Byington on the sideline.

The last time: Running back Dare Ogunbowale ran for a career-high 155 yards as Wisconsin beat Minnesota 31-21 last November.

The series: Minnesota 59-58-8

The line: Wisconsin -14

The Badgers injury report:

QUESTIONABLE

OLB Zack Baun (leg)

FB Austin Ramesh (shoulder)

NT Olive Sagapolu (hand)

OUT

OL Jacob Maxwell (shoulder)

THE BREAKDOWN: FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

1) More than the ‘Axe’

Wisconsin and Minnesota play for one of the best trophies in all of college football — Paul Bunyan’s Axe. And while it’s paramount for the Badgers to hold onto it, the reward for it remaining in their hands is bigger than in most years. A win would give Wisconsin the Big Ten West for a second time in three years, and put them into the conference title game for a fourth time in six years. Win that, and the college football playoff remains a possibility.

2) Slow Rodney Smith, slow Minnesota?

The Badgers biggest focus on defense will be to slow running back Rodney Smith. The sophomore went over the 1,000-yard mark last week against Northwestern, and leads the Gophers with 15 touchdowns. Paired with Shannon Brooks, the Gophers duo gives Minnesota the fifth-best rushing attack in the Big Ten at 191 yards per game.

And the run game has been a key to their success this season. Outside of the Penn State loss where they ran for 228 yards, the Gophers two worst outings came in their other losses, managing just 102 yards against Iowa and 85 against Nebraska. That’s not good news against a Wisconsin defense that is allowing just 98 yards per game — tops in the Big Ten.

If the Gophers have any shot of pulling the upset, they must be able to run the ball and try to match the Badgers in time of possession.

3) First-round pick?

Prior to the season, ESPN’s draft expert Todd McShay said he thought Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner had a chance to be a first-round draft pick next April. The thought was widely criticized, and Leidner has done nothing to shut people up this year.  The senior is completing just 58.6 percent of his passes and has thrown more interceptions (8) than touchdowns (6). In fact, he’s thrown just one touchdown in the last six games.

Now he faces a Wisconsin defense that has owned him the last two years. Leidner threw three interceptions a year ago in a 31-21 loss, while in 2014 he managed to hit on just 5 of 18 passes in a 34-24 defeat.

A repeat performance from Leidner is not something the Gophers can afford.

4) Dave Aranda’s impact

Former Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda won’t be in Madison on Saturday, but his impact will be felt on both sidelines.

Aranda spent three years turning the Badgers defense into one of the better units in the country, before leaving in January for the same job at LSU.

Meanwhile, as he’s known to do, Aranda spent time with other coaching staffs in the offseason, but his first stop — Minnesota — raised some eyebrows. Aranda spent two days in the Twin Cities in February, and it appears to have paid off as the Gophers have used more 3-4 looks and boast one of the better pass rushes in the country, while also being stout against the run, giving up just 116 yards per game.

Wisconsin running game has experienced a resurgence in recent weeks, but Minnesota could be the best front seven they’ve faced since Ohio State more than a month ago.

5) Senior Day

13 seniors will play their final game at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. That group includes a three-year starter at outside linebacker in Vince Biegel, a four-year starter at cornerback in Sojourn Shelton and a number of other guys, like safety Leo Musso, that have been forced to wait until later in their career to make an impact on a play-to-play basis.

Not everyone has stayed. There have been career-ending injuries, guys transferring and others that simply couldn’t make it. The ones that have stayed around, though, boast a 39-12 record and have the opportunity to put an exclamation point on a remarkable regular season with a win over the Gophers.

NUMBERS TO CONSIDER

  • For the first time in 110 years, Wisconsin can even the all-time series with a win over Minnesota. It currently stands at 58-59-8. The Badgers have never led in the series.
  • Wisconsin is No. 5 in the AP Top 25 this week, the ninth week this year where its been in the top 10 — the second-most weeks in a single season in school history.
  • The senior class is 9-1 in trophy games, including 3-0 against Minnesota. Their lone loss came against Iowa to open the Big Ten season in 2015.
  • Corey Clement went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season against Purdue, becoming the 17th Wisconsin running back to top that mark. As it stands, the senior’s 4.2 yards per carry is the lowest by any of the previous 16 runners to get to 1,000 yards.

PREDICTIONS

Zach Heilprin’s prediction: Wisconsin 28, Minnesota 13 (7-4 on the season)
Ebo’s prediction: Wisconsin 33, Minnesota 17 (8-3 on the season)
Jake Zimmermann’s prediction: Wisconsin 28, Minnesota  13 (9-2 on the season)
Joe Miller’s prediction: Wisconsin 35 , Minnesota 14 (8-3 on the season)
Eric Rogers’ prediction: Wisconsin 38, Minnesota 10 (9-2 on the season)

 

Wisconsin owns the day, dominates Illinois 48-3

MADISON | Corey Clement scored three touchdowns, and the Wisconsin defense forced four turnovers in a dominating 48-3 win over Illinois on Saturday.

The seventh-ranked Badgers (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) owned the game almost from the opening kickoff, put up 21 points in the first quarter — tied for the most in a single quarter this year. Two of those belonged to Clement, who scored from 2 yards out on his first and 4 yards on the second.

Illinois was able to get on the board with a field goal, but the Badgers answered with a 6-play, 78-yard drive of their own, highlighted by a 48-yard run from Dare Ogunbowale. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook hit Jazz Peavy for an 8-yard touchdown to cap the scoring in the opening stanza.

The offense was buoyed by an opportunistic defense that had a more than willing participant in Illini quarterback Jeff George Jr. The sophomore was harassed early and never settled in. He had nearly as many completions (5) as interceptions (4) before being replaced by senior Wes Lunt to start the second half.

Wisconsin’s four interceptions — two by Leo Musso, and one each from D’Cota Dixon and Ryan Connelly — were the most by a Badgers defense since posting that same number against Northwestern in 2010. And by holding the Illini to just 3 points, they are now giving up just 12.7 points per game.

The Badgers rushing attack, which had come to life over the last four games, was the story of the day on that side of the ball. Clement (123) and Ogunbowale (107) each topped the 100-yard mark, the first time a pair of Wisconsin backs had done that since Clement and Melvin Gordon accomplished that in the 2015 Outback Bowl. In total, the Badgers ran for a season-high 363 yards.

The win keeps the Badgers on-track to win the Big Ten West. Tied with Nebraska and Minnesota coming into the day at 4-2 in conference play, if Wisconsin beats Purdue next and then the Gophers on the final Saturday of the regular season, they’ll play in the Big Ten title game for a fourth time in six seasons.

Wisconsin student-athletes call for changes in addressing racism on campus

MADISON | In a show of solidarity, at least 25 Wisconsin athletes, including high-profile stars like Nigel Hayes and Corey Clement, sent out a similarly worded tweet Monday night that included an essay calling on the school’s administration to seriously address the racism they’ve encountered on campus.

The four paragraph statement, whose author is currently unknown, was scathing in its criticism of campus leaders, including Chancellor Rebecca Blank, and the handling of racial matters.

“These issues are in no way localized to UW. This is a national issue, and many universities across the nation need to start addressing how students of color are treated, and here at Wisconsin it starts at Bascom (Hall). Wisconsin can no only rely on statements, cultural competency emails and a few surveys to mediate this problem.

“We love the UW and are proud to be STUDENT-athletes her, and truthfully our positive experiences far outweigh the negatives, but no student should have to live through this negative climate.

“We ask that the university not continue to sweep the collective experiences of the students of color under a rug. So in solidarity with other students on campus, we implore Chancellor Blank and her cabinet to take action, be visible, leave your ivory tower and speak to the student.”

Though issues on campus have been surfacing more and more in the last year or so, including anti-Semitic and white supremacist graffiti being found at a dorm last February and the interruption of a Native American ceremony outside another dorm in March, the tipping point may have come when the Wisconsin football team played Nebraska on Oct. 29.

A picture of two fans, including one wearing a President Barack Obama mask with a noose around his neck, went viral, and many criticized the university’s handling of it. In response, community leaders came together with school administrators last week to discuss new guidelines for fan behavior at Camp Randall Stadium that are expected to be in place when the Badgers host Illinois this week. The school also announced on Monday, just a few hours before the essay was tweeted out, that the two fans involved with the costume had their season tickets revoked.

“I am personally very sorry for the hurt that this incident and our response to it has caused,” Blank said in a statement. “I have heard from students, faculty and community members who are dissatisfied with our response, and I understand why.

“We will learn from this incident and do better next time.”

In the essay, the student-athletes mention the incident at the stadium, but they contend that type of prejudice is far from a one-time thing, and they laid out other examples that people of color face as students and athletes in the classroom and on the street. Chief among them, other students questioning whether they’d be there at all if they didn’t play sports, racial slurs being flung at them in different environments and people clutching their bags and crossing the street to avoid them.

“We shouldn’t be commodified for mere entertainment, but respected as individuals with ideas and the ability to contribute to society,” the statement reads.

Blank said that they have taken strides in the past year to battle obvious forms of racism and attack it with various programs.

“This is a work in progress, and we are a long way from where we want to be,” Blank said. “But with your advice and input of governance, we have invested time, energy and effort into things like the Our Wisconsin program aimed at incoming freshmen, a bias reporting system, a review of our ethnic studies curriculum, and a black cultural center.”

Still, it appears more than a few student-athletes of color believe more is need.

“Please create real programs, initiate meaningful change and understand that students of color deserve to thrive in this institution just like our peers. We want to be a part of the amazing legacy this university has held for years and years…On Wisconsin.”

Wisconsin takes down Northwestern 21-7, wins in Evanston for the first time since 1999

EVANSTON, Ill. — Wisconsin’s defense played up to its standard and the offense did enough in a 21-7 victory — their first at Northwestern since 1999.

A first half largely dominated by Wisconsin ended with the Badgers leading just 10-7 thanks to a late Northwestern scoring drive.

The Wildcats had 91 yards of offense when they took the field at their own 13-yard line with 1:35 left. It took them just a minute to move 87 yards in eight plays, with quarterback Clayton Thorson finding Austin Carr for a 13-yard touchdown.

Following a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter by Andrew Endicott gave Wisconsin a 13-7 lead, Northwestern was driving once again as the fourth quarter began, making it all the way to Wisconsin’s 19-yard line. But the Wildcats were called for a hold on first down, and then on third-and-21 Thorson fumbled on a hit buy Conor Sheehy and the Badgers recovered.

That set up a 9-play, 45-yard touchdown drive by Wisconsin, finished off by Corey Clement with a 3-yard run. They converted the 2-point conversion to get a 14-point lead that proved insurmountable.

A year after being held to -26 yards rushing, the Badgers running game was productive on Saturday, rolling up 190 yards, led by Clement’s 106. Sophomore Bradrick Shaw added 54.

The game served as release of frustration for wide receiver Jazz Peavy. The junior thought he had the game-winning touchdown a year ago against Northwestern but it was overturned on replay. This time around he was a huge weapon, leading Wisconsin in receiving with four catches for 73 yards and added a beautiful 46-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He ended up with 110 total yards.

The Wisconsin defense forced the one turnover and also had three fourth down stops, limiting Northwestern to 316 yards and just 5 of 18 on third down.

The win was Wisconsin’s third straight and leaves them 4-2 in Big Ten play with games against Illinois, Purdue and Minnesota still left on the schedule.

Preview: No. 8 Wisconsin at Northwestern

THE BASICS

The teams: The No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (6-2, 3-2) vs the Northwestern Wildcats (4-4, 3-2)

The time: 11 a.m. CDT, Saturday

The place: Ryan Field, Evanston, Ill.

The TV coverage: ABC with Bob Wischusen and Brock Huard in the booth and Allison Williams on the sideline.

The last time: Wisconsin had three touchdowns taken off the board on replay reviews and lost 13-7 in Madison last year.

The series: Wisconsin 57-35-5

The line: Wisconsin -7

The Badgers injury report:

QUESTIONABLE

ILB Griffin Grady (shoulder)

CB Natrell Jamerson (leg)

OUT

RT Jacob Maxwell (shoulder)

FB Austin Ramesh (shoulder)

NT Olive Sagapolu (arm)

THE BREAKDOWN: FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

1) Gauntlet not done

Before the season, everyone talked about the gauntlet that Wisconsin would face to open Big Ten play, a stretch of five games that ended up being against four teams ranked in the top 10 of the AP Top 25. Most thought if they could get through that, it would be clear sailing the rest of the way. But that hasn’t turned out to be the case. Not with Northwestern playing its best football of the season as they welcome the Badgers to town. And UW’s players know it.

“I think it is easy to buy into what people might be saying on the outside as far as getting through the gauntlet and this being the easy part of the schedule,” cornerback Sojourn Shelton said. “No part of playing in college football games are easy. We see it week-in and week-out of top-ranked teams playing a team they should beat and somehow, someway that team loses.”

2) Two-quarterback system

For a third week in a row, the Badgers are expected to play both of their quarterbacks — starter Alex Hornibrook and backup Bart Houston. How the playing time will break down for either guy is unclear, even for them.

“Never do,” Houston said when asked if he knew how many snaps he’d get. “Could be zero, could be all of them, could be half of them. I don’t know. We’ll find out on game day.”

What is clear, though, is both need to do a better job of holding onto the ball. Each had fourth quarter interceptions against Nebraska that could have cost Wisconsin the game. And for the season, the Badgers are -1 in turnover margin thanks in part to the 10 interceptions thrown by Hornibrook (7) and Houston (3).

3) Slowing Austin Carr

The Northwestern passing game has come alive in recent weeks, with quarterback Clayton Thorson finding a rhythm, throwing 10 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions in the month of October, a stretch where the Wildcats won three of the four games they played. And the sophomore signal caller has been locked in on his standout receiver Austin Carr.

A former walk-on, Carr is averaging 109 yards receiving per game, including a season-high 158 against Ohio State last week. Wisconsin figures to key on the California native, and don’t be surprised to see junior Derrick Tindal mirror him wherever he goes.

4) Justin Jackson — Badgers killer

Northwestern running back Justin Jackson has dominated Wisconsin in his first two college seasons. In 2014, he ran for a season-high 162 yards in a 20-14 upset by the Wildcats. Then last year, in a 13-7 win for Northwestern, Jackson rumbled for 139 yards and a touchdown.

Only one running back, LSU’s Leonard Fournette, has topped the 100-yard mark this year against the Badgers, and over the last three years it’s happened just eight times, with Jackson owning two of those. In games where the opposing team has a back over the century mark, Wisconsin is just 2-6.

Far from flashy, Jackson is hard-nosed runner who becomes more difficult to stop as his carries pile up. Wisconsin can’t allow him to get going early.

5) Mystery of Ryan Field

Far from the toughest environment to play in, Ryan Field has still been a house of horrors for Wisconsin. The Badgers haven’t won at the smallest stadium in the Big Ten since 1999, losing their four games by an average of less than a touchdown.

“I was five years old. I’m about to turn 22 on Christmas. That’s a long time ago,” cornerback Sojourn Shelton said of the gap between wins for the Badgers. “It just makes this game so much sweeter. Our goal is to go in there and get a “W”. When Saturday rolls around we’ll be amped up and trying to break that.”

NUMBERS TO CONSIDER

  • Wisconsin has won at every other Big Ten stadium at least once since last getting a victory at Northwestern.
  • Freshman running back Bradrick Shaw has carried the ball four times in the last three games. All four of those runs have resulted in first downs (3) or touchdowns (1).
  • Over the last two seasons, Wisconsin quarterbacks have thrown just as many touchdowns (23) as they have interceptions.
  • Wisconsin running back Corey Clement is averaging 99.9 yards per game this season, and is on pace to rush for 1,198 yards, which would be his first 1,000-yard season in college.

PREDICTIONS

Zach Heilprin’s prediction: Wisconsin 21, Northwestern 20 (4-4 on the season)
Ebo’s prediction: Wisconsin 21, Northwestern 14 (5-3 on the season)
Jake Zimmermann’s prediction: Wisconsin 21, Northwestern 17 (6-2 on the season)
Joe Miller’s prediction: Wisconsin 24, Northwestern 16 (5-3 on the season)
Eric Rogers’ prediction: Wisconsin 16, Northwestern 14 (6-2 on the season)