Northern Iowa @ Wisconsin, Sept. 1
by, 09-01-2012 at 02:31 PM (1825 Views)
MADISON, Wis--I am in Madison today to see if Northern Iowa can pull off the upset against the Badgers. It is a nice day in central Wisconsin with temps right now in the upper 70s.
Wisconsin is ranked #12 in both of the FBS polls. UNI is ranked #9 in the College Sporting News and Sports Network Polls within the preseason.
Coach Mark Farley is entering his 12th season as the head man for UNI and has won from the start--winning 60 of his 80 contests.
UNI is coming off a share of the MVFC crown and fell in the third round of the playoffs last year at Montana.
This game between the Big 10's Badgers and the Panthers is the first in the two schools histories.
Wisconsin is coming off a Big 10 title but return just 11 starters this year but the most high profile is running back Montee Ball, who finished fourth last year in the Heisman Trophy voting.
UNI returns just 12 full starters and 2 specialists. The players to watch to begin the season for the Panthers include two running backs in David Johnson and Carlos Anderson. On defense, cornerback Varmah Sonie is the team leader.
One big question mark for the Panthers is the quarterback position with Tirrell Rennie having used his eligibility. Redshirt freshman Sawyer Kollmorgen will be the starter for the Panthers today. For a first time start, the 80,000+ in Camp Randall Stadium may be a little intemedating.
Here's to hoping he can suprise us an provide a close game. I know many so-called experts are saying this will be an easy win for the Badgers but I don't think that will be the case. '
I think Wisconsin will wind up winnnig but believe UNI will hold it close until the fourth quarter. I will take Wisconsin by 17 but believe UNI will be within a score after three quarters.