Saturday, September 18, 2010
It's game day at Camp Randall Stadium
By Adam Rittenberg
MADISON, Wis. -- Greetings from my favorite Big Ten venue, where No. 11 Wisconsin hosts a talented Arizona State team this afternoon (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET).
Wisconsin is looking for its first complete performance of the season after two somewhat watered-down wins. The Badgers haven't been as efficient on offense as they'd like, and the defense seemed to let down in the fourth quarter last week against San Jose State. Today also marks an opportunity for Wisconsin running back John Clay to put himself on the Heisman Trophy radar with a big performance against a Pac-10 foe. So far, I'm the only one beating the drum for Clay in the Heisman race.
Arizona State has beaten up on two FCS opponents (Portland State and Northern Arizona) and can make a statement today in a totally wide-open Pac-10 by knocking off a top-15 opponent. It will be interesting to watch Sun Devils quarterback Steven Threet lead the offense after seeing his struggles at Michigan in 2008.
Weather: It has gone from perfect last night to rainy overnight to gray this morning to pleasant right now with just some light clouds overhead. Rain is possible, especially later in the game.
Injuries: Wisconsin will play without starting wide receivers Nick Toon (turf toe) and David Gilreath (concussion). Walk-on Jared Abbrederis will get the start alongside Isaac Anderson. Ricky Wagner will start at right tackle in place of Josh Oglesby (knee), who might play. The Badgers also should have all their top linebackers on the field for the first time this year. Arizona State should get a boost along its defensive line as Toa Tuitea (elbow) and Corey Adams (knee) are expected to return.
I'll have more from Camp Randall throughout the day, so be sure and check back.