Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Better Know a Bowl: The Champs Sports Bowl

When: December, 27th, 4:30 PM
Where: Orlando, FL; ESPN
The Wisconsin Badgers (7-5) vs. the Florida State Seminoles (8-4)

A win against Florida State may be the only thing keeping Wisconsin from being the hands-down most disappointing football team in the nation in 2008. Florida State, on the other hand seems to have finished about where everybody expected them to. While the media will be giving a lot of time to Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill (who recorded his third consecutive 1,000 yard season) and Florida State safety Myron Rolle (who became a Rhodes Scholar and aspires to go to medical school) the real stories are going to be if and how Wisconsin gets redshirt freshman runner John Clay involved in the game and whether or not Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder can get in a rhythm against Wisconsin's woeful pass defense.

Florida State's defense will likely be the fastest and most physical Wisconsin's had to face this year, and given the Badgers inability to get a passing game together, their only hope will to get Clay going. Clay may not be as big as Hill, but he's as physical and has a second gear that Hill lacks. On the other side of the ball, teams have been able to move the ball through the air at will against Wisconsin this year, and if Ponder plays like the team MVP he was voted as at a team awards banquet, it could be a long day for Wisconsin and another win for Bobby Bowden.

(You know a match up is less than stellar when almost all CBS Sportsline can come up with as a reason to watch is: "Don't forget, the game is also two days after Christmas when there are not a lot of sports events on TV." Yikes.)

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