A pair of disappointed teams will meet in Miami to face off in the 2017 Orange Bowl when the University of Wisconsin travels to Hard Rock stadium to face off with the Miami Hurricanes. The Badgers saw their undefeated season and playoff hopes come to an end Saturday night at the hands of Ohio State.The Hurricanes suffered a similar fate when they got shellacked 38-3 by Clemson in the ACC championship game.With this game not only being played in Miami but in Hard Rock Stadium, the Hurricanes home field, Miami certainly has the advantage.The Hurricanes went 7-0 at home this season most notably their dominating 41-8 win against then No. 3 Notre Dame. Miami, however, is sputtering coming into this game. Not only did they lose conference championship but they lost the week before against a five-win Pittsburgh team.Wisconsin enters the game on a similarly sour note. The Badgers playoff hopes were shattered with their 27-21 loss to Ohio State. Their inability to be effective through the air was costly as the Badgers fell behind early and couldn’t make up the deficit.Football: Wisconsin almost manages to upset Ohio State, falls short in last two minutes of playThe University of Wisconsin football team has been through it all this season, but the Big Ten Championship game against Read…One of the key battles in this one will be the Wisconsin offensive line against the Miami defensive line. Wisconsin runs for almost 230 yards a game, which ranks 9th among Power Five teams.The run game has been the Badgers bread and butter for years and is key not only in their running attack but for setting up the play action pass. This was evident during the Big Ten championship as star running back Jonathan Taylor ran for a season low 41 yards, creating issues for a struggling Wisconsin offense.If the running attack is not on for the Badgers, it causes serious issues in the passing game. Although the Miami passing defense ranks in the middle of the pack, yards-wise, the Hurricanes defensive front wreaks havoc on opposing quarterbacks.The Canes ranked second in the nation with 43 sacks and had eleven different players recording two sacks. Hornibrook ranked tied for third in interceptions thrown with 15 this season, and has been prone to struggles against the better pass rushes in the Big Ten. If Miami is able to turn the Badgers over, expect a long game for Wisconsin.Wisconsin can counter this pass rush with their impressive offensive line. The Badger’s have three offensive linemen on all big-ten teams including two first-team members: Guard Beau Benzschawel and tackle Michael Dieter.With College Football Playoffs bracket looming, Badgers fate remains uncertainIt seems strange that someone would have to argue giving a spot in the College Football Playoffs to an undefeated Read…For Wisconsin to be able to win this game, some sort of running attack must be established and the offensive line must be able to protect Hornibrook.Alex Hornibrook, however, is the key to this game. Expect Miami to stack the box just as Ohio State did and make Hornibrook beat them.Ohio State had a lot of success in doing this holding Hornibrook to 19 of 40 passing with 220 yards and two interceptions. If Hornibrook can just play game manager, not turn the ball over, and trust our top-ranked defense the Badgers will have a good shot to win this one.The Badgers must also prevent big plays. Ohio State scored two touchdowns of 50 yards or more which is not including a 77 yard run by J.K. Dobbins that set up another touchdown.If you take those three plays out of the game, Wisconsin outplayed Ohio State.The difference was the Buckeyes speed on the edge. This is something Miami will look to take advantage of.If the Badgers can control the trenches, limit big plays, and win the turnover battle they will win this game. But, whether they can do that remains to be seen.
While the Cardinals are reportedly “close” on a deal to trade Rosen to the Dolphins, Smith and an NFL Network panel debated Rosen’s fate, and Smith went off.”You are replaceable … so now you’re mad because they brought some competition in here, so you’re going to try to take your ball?” Smith asked rhetorically. “Well, first of all son, it’s not your damn ball to take anyway. Related News “You just keep playing with your phone and you keep showing us what the stigma of … who you were at UCLA, now you’ve brought it to the professional level. When things don’t go your way, you’re going to cry in the corner. But guess what, they’re going to ship your a— somewhere else, and you’re going to cry and be their problem.”This is a man’s game, be a man, and go against that man one on one … do your deal. Ain’t nobody giving you nothing. NFL trade rumors: Josh Rosen traded to Dolphins after Cardinals draft Kyler Murray Did Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen do something to tee off Steve Smith?The former NFL All-Pro wide receiver, now an NFL Network analyst, mercilessly ripped Rosen during a broadcast Friday. Rosen, the Cardinals’ No. 1 pick a year ago, had been criticized by some for unfollowing the Cardinals on social media after they drafted QB Kyler Murray on Thursday with the No. 1 pick. When it was suggested Rosen might be on the Cardinals’ roster for training camp, Smith went off again.”You know why he won’t be on the roster? He ain’t got enough heart to be on that roster,” Smith said. “He got to go out there and work his a— off. He don’t want to work. He wants something given to him.”While some on social media applauded Smith’s harsh remarks, others thought he was out of line.Thoughts3If Steve Smith got picked in first round, and after that year a new coach said Smith is my guy, my starter, and then 2 months later drafted someone to replace Steve Smith, would Steve say, “I’ve got to man up+beat out the new guy?”Doubt it. He’d be bitter. Justifiably.— Peter King (@peter_king) April 26, 2019This felt a little over the top. I respect Steve’s work to become a thoughtful host, but everyone has prejudices. And people who were ordained early on (five-star recruits, first-round picks), who grew up in comfortable circumstances are never going to be his style. https://t.co/eaBE2G2kKU— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) April 26, 2019Rosen, selected No. 10 overall by the Cardinals last year, struggled last season with an undermanned Arizona offense, passing for 2,278 yards (5.8 yards per attempt) with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 13 starts.
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