With less than 16 years of football experience under their belt, the Florida Atlantic football team comes to Madison to take on the University of Wisconsin football team.These two teams have not met before during the regular season, and this will be the second non-conference game that the Badgers will play this fall.FAU FAU is a newcomer to big-time football, with only two bowl games under their belt and one Conference USA title under their belt. The team, who has only been around for 16 seasons, have been struggling recently, leading to the firing of head coach Charlie Patridge.It has been almost seven years since the Owls have seen either a bowl game or a conference championship game. Their most recent season ended in a 3-9 record, which was the same record that they held for 2014 and 2015.Football preview: What to expect from the Badgers this seasonThe University of Wisconsin football team enters the 2017 season with high expectations and hopes of replicating, or even exceeding, Read…The Owls are also currently struggling to find a starting quarterback. Currently, there are three players competing for the starting quarterback role, and none seem to be a real standout during summer practices.With a small class of seniors taking leadership over very few roles, it is uncertain whether or not FAU will be able to compete with a Big Ten team like Wisconsin.WisconsinThe Badgers are entering their second home non-conference game this season. After a match-up With Utah State University, the Badgers welcome the challenge that FAU brings.The Badgers enter this season with a confirmed starting quarterback in Alex Hornibrook, along with a veteran roster full of talented players ready to keep building on the Wisconsin legacy. The Badgers have also hired a new defensive coordinator in Jim Leonhard, who is a former NFL safety.How Jim Leonhard’s NFL experience will help out Wisconsin’s defenseThe University of Wisconsin football defense is relishing in an amazing opportunity to learn from former NFL safety Jim Leonhard. Read…On the down side, Wisconsin entered the season down one key player. The injury of Jack Cichy leaves the team with one less veteran and one less leader, which will shake up the inside linebacker position.UW, who was one of the best defensive teams last year, needs to maintain their defensive standards, even with key players injured. The beginning of this season hosts some of the easiest game that the Badgers will see all year, so struggling now does not bode well for the future.Larson’s Prediction: Wisconsin wins (insert game prediction)FAU won’t be a tough competitor. Their lack of experience combined with their inexperienced roster will not stand up against the strength of the Badgers. This is a particularly cruel match-up for this Conference USA team, but it is a good learning opportunity for them down the road.
The pitching matchup for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series will be called a contrast in styles, and rightly so.Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu is a rookie who relies on a changeup and a four-seam fastball, in that order, and all but abandoned his curveball in his first major-league playoff game. He was shelled, too — the 26-year-old lefty lasted just three innings in Game 3 of the NL Division Series, and sometimes looked flustered against the Atlanta Braves.St. Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright is a veteran who throws a curveball with abandon. His first postseason appearance came seven years ago. The 32-year-old right-hander last pitched in Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and dominated all nine innings of a win-or-go-home victory.As if being ahead 2-0 in the best-of-7 series weren’t enough of an advantage, the Cardinals will have their best pitcher on the mound today. The Dodgers will not. “We kind of got a taste of it the other day watching (Wainwright’s) game (against the Pirates) on TV, just how confident he is with his curveball,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “He throws it any count, any time. He’s got the ability to throw it for strikes and shorten it for strikeouts. “It’s a challenge.”Ryu isn’t unfamiliar with St. Louis, either. He tossed seven innings without allowing an earned run Aug. 8 at Busch Stadium, a game that featured five players who could be in the starting lineup today — but no Matt Adams or Yadier Molina. Still, it was one of Ryu’s best games in a season worthy of Rookie of the Year consideration. He struck out seven batters and only five of his pitches reached the outfield on the fly. The Cardinals’ seven hits against Ryu were all ground-ball singles through the infield. It was a typical game for the Cardinals, who struggled mightily against left-handers in 2013. Their .238 batting average against southpaws was worse than all but three teams in the regular season. That’s probably why Ryu, and not right-hander Ricky Nolasco, earned the start after struggling against Atlanta. “St. Louis is probably a different team than we were in the regular season,” Ryu said. “So I still have to take it very carefully and consider them a brand‑new team that I’m going to be facing.”Ryu can be considered a brand-new pitcher. He’s thrown more than 100 pitches just twice in his last seven starts and is approaching a career high in innings pitched.“I’m not going to focus too much on the length of my outing,” he said. “Truthfully, if I’m out there for five innings I’d be more than happy.”If Wainwright is out there for five innings, the Dodgers would be ecstatic.He’s pitched once at Dodger Stadium the last three years, a no-decision in 2012 in which he allowed two runs in six innings. Wainwright lost a pitchers’ duel with Zack Greinke on Aug. 5 in St. Louis, allowing three runs in seven innings.“I’ve talked to Yadier,” Wainwright said, “and Yadier and I will get together and come up with a master plan.”If both pitchers perform as expected, the onus will fall to the Dodgers’ ice-cold lineup and often-warm bullpen to make the series competitive again. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error