first_imgGo ahead, celebrate a Badger football victory — it’s much needed across the UW campus.Despite sitting just above UW in the Big Ten standings, it turned out the Hoosiers were the far worse team and IU’s offensive and defensive capabilities dwindled as the second half began Saturday.But don’t let this Hoosier beating fool you — the Badgers have a lot to work on and will again be tested this week by their archrivals, the Golden Gophers of Minnesota.That’s right, the same Minnesota team that went 1-11 a year ago now has a better record than Wisconsin and seems to be speeding up rather than slowing down.Oh, and that abysmal Gopher team last year only lost to Wisconsin by seven points, so winning at home is by no means a sure thing four days from now.But by this point in the season, with the Badgers locked into a sub-.500 record in Big Ten play, maybe the upcoming rivalry game is of little importance in comparison to other aspects of the team.With the chances of Wisconsin making a bowl game still looming in the realm of uncertainty, the Badgers absolutely need to win their next two games in order to keep their postseason hopes alive.Right now though, it shouldn’t be the most important thing on the coaches’ minds.Now is the time for the coaching staff to decide what’s more pressing at the moment: Going to a mediocre bowl game this year, or letting the underclassmen get a chance to show what they’ll bring to the table next season.Why not let Zach Brown and John Clay get the majority of the carries? Will the drop off be that significant from what we’ve seen from P.J. Hill this season?In Big Ten play, Hill has only rushed for over 100 yards twice, both in the past two weeks. Clay has been the more productive of the two, averaging 5.7 yards per carry — that’s a higher percentage than Hill has had in his entire UW career.Maybe the coaching staff putting in the younger players would essentially mean giving up on a lost season. Well, maybe after losing its first four Big Ten games and barely reaching the .500 mark overall with a veteran team is a pretty good sign that things aren’t the way they should be.Yes, there were a few mishaps before the second quarter came to a close in Bloomington.Junior quarterback Dustin Sherer threw an interception, while redshirt freshman Mario Goins and sophomore David Gilreath each had a turnover on special teams to give Indiana great field position multiple times during the first half.But those three players, all of whom will probably be in starting roles next season, have been gaining the experience needed to lead the team next year — that’s the direction the coaching staff should be heading in. But it doesn’t look like that will be the case as the season comes to a close.For now, it seems most Badger fans can hope that the football team wins out and goes to the Motor City Bowl. For this particular program, that’s not something to be proud of.Forget about Detroit. It’s time for the Badgers to salvage what they can out of this season and let the young talent play. If they do well, then all is great. If they don’t, at least they can get their first-game jitters out of the way in a virtually meaningless season.When picked by experts all around the country to finish toward the top of the Big Ten, it’s remarkable to realize that even the lowliest of bowl games is not yet set in stone but rather a mere possibility with only two games remaining.So about that 55-20 victory on Saturday. If that’s any indication of things to come, then Cal Poly won’t be too much of a struggle in the Badgers’ last week of play.Or maybe it will — UW football has already underachieved; maybe it will reach its all-time low in the coming weeks.Regardless, whether or not the coaches let the young players or the veterans deal with the adversity is the real question going into the last weeks of 2008 Badger football.Jonah is a sophomore hoping to major in journalism. Have your own thoughts on the football team? Is it time for the underclassmen to take over? He can be reached at jbraun@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

first_img Related Articles Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Submit Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon World Cup winner Robert Pires has pledged to provide bwin with a “new perspective that the fans can enjoy” after being appointed as a brand ambassador for the European sportsbook.In the newly created position, the Frenchman will engage with bwin customers across France and the UK. A key part of his role will see him produce and feature in a series of short films looking at a variety of sporting challenges.The films will be promoted across bwin’s websites and social media channels along with the opportunity for fans to take part in competitions with exclusive prizes, starting on Sunday 11 June.Having won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with France, as well as playing a starring role in Arsenal’s ‘Invincible’ campaign of 2004, Pires is well placed to share his experiences with bwin fans, who will also benefit from his extensive knowledge with expert tips for the biggest sporting events.Adam Lewis, bwin chief marketing officer, said: “This is a marquee signing for bwin. Robert Pires is a footballing legend who was not only one of the most technically gifted players in the world but a proven natural born winner, who has picked up trophies and personal awards wherever he has played. We are really excited to be working with him and can’t wait to get started producing unique and insightful content to share with our customers.”Pires commented: “I’m really looking forward to working with bwin. They share my passion for football and live and breathe sports just as I do. I think together we will make some really great content which will hopefully give a new perspective that the fans can enjoy.” Share Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020last_img read more

first_img Submit FUN88 secures Newcastle United extension July 20, 2020 Related Articles Winning Post: Swedish protections self-harm progress on a regulated marketplace May 4, 2020 Share Fun88 drives cricket engagement through CPL deal August 4, 2020 OPE SPORTS has become the highest value front of shirt partner in Huddersfield Town history, after signing a multi-year partnership with the Premier League debutants.A subsidiary of global betting brand Opebet, OPE Sports will feature on the Huddersfield shirt for all home and away matches, as well as on pitch side LED, branding throughout the John Smith’s stadium and across the club’s global social media channels.The Huddersfield Town partnership was created, planned and negotiated by SportQuake, the international sport marketing agency which helped to activate Newcastle United’s three-year deal with Asian focused Fun88.Dean Hoyle, Chairman at Huddersfield Town, said: “We are delighted to welcome OPE SPORTS as the Club’s official shirt sponsor. This is without a doubt our biggest season to date as we play in the Premier League for the first time in our history.“The growth of our international fanbase since promotion and the Premier League makes OPE SPORTS an attractive partner for our club, and our growing reach around world provides OPE SPORTS with an ideal platform to continue its own growth.”An OPE SPORTS spokesman commented: “It’s a hugely exciting time to partner with Huddersfield Town as they make their debut in the Premier League. The Premier League is undoubtedly the biggest league on the planet and to be associated to it through our partnership with The Terriers is great for our brand. We look forward to working with the club and its fans throughout the 2017/18 season.” StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more