Football: East meets West as Wisconsin, Michigan clash at Camp Randall

first_imgThings are going to get exciting this weekend as the University of Wisconsin welcomes the Michigan Wolverines to Madison in for a Big Ten battle.The Badgers (10-0) are the Big Ten West champions for the 2017 season, punching their tickets to Indianapolis after their victory last week against Iowa. Michigan (8-2), on the other hand, is still hoping to claim a Big Test East title, and a win against Wisconsin would certainly do the trick.There is a lot on the line for the Wolverines this weekend, because the Big Ten East race is incredibly close right now. While Ohio State might be in the lead, Michigan could still find themselves facing Wisconsin in Indy if they play perfectly against the Badgers.Football: Wisconsin struggles against Hawkeyes, injuries continue to plague teamThe University of Wisconsin football team might have won Saturday afternoon, but their victory against the Iowa Hawkeyes was fleeting. Read…Not only would Michigan have to get a win this weekend, but they would also have to secure a victory next weekend as they take on Ohio State. As if that wasn’t enough, Michigan will also have to rely on Penn State and Michigan State both getting losses sometime in the next two weeks.Michigan will be fighting for their lives Saturday, and with College Gameday in town, the Wolverines are sure to put on quite the show. It will be up to Wisconsin to prove that they can handle one of the best teams in the East, and that they truly are the best team in the Big Ten.The Wisconsin defense is ready for this challenge there’s no doubt about that. Wisconsin managed to hold Iowa to just 66 yards last week, resulting in zero touchdowns for the Hawkeyes.Iowa proved to be quite a challenge for the Wisconsin offense, as quarterback Alex Hornibrook threw for three interceptions against the Hawkeyes, resulting in two touchdowns for Iowa. Hornibrook has been rather interception-prone this season, throwing a grand total of 12 since week one.Wisconsin football: The best coaches to have led the BadgersCoaching a Division I football team is a task many people are not qualified to do. In the history of Read…Against Iowa, these missteps were inconvenient at worst, but the Badgers managed to bounce back. Against Michigan, those mistakes could be the difference between a victory and the first UW loss of the season.While Wisconsin’s defense is currently No.1 in the nation, the Wolverines are not that far behind, currently sitting at No.3. While the Michigan defense is worse at rushing defense than Wisconsin (No. 9 to No.1 respectively), they are better than the Badgers at passing defense, sitting at the No.2 spot compared to Wisconsin’s No. 7.The Badgers and the Wolverines are just about equal for time of possession, and neither one is considered to have a better offense than other teams in the Big Ten, like Ohio. This game might purely come down to which defense can make bigger plays, and which offense can minimize those opportunities.One Century of Camp Randall: A Brief HistoryToday, Camp Randall Stadium can hold upwards of 80,000 football fans at capacity after a long journey of innovation, renovation Read…This game will be a great challenge for Wisconsin, and will surely help the only undefeated team in the Big Ten gain some confidence as they get ready to close out their regular season. If Wisconsin can do what it does best, and play the caliber of football that they are capable of playing, this weekend should end in another Badger victory.Kickoff happens at 11 a.m., with the matchup also being televised on FOX. As fans might know, College Gameday will be setting up on Bascom hill, with fun pregame celebrations occurring throughout the morning.last_img read more

NFF Partners Solaja on Landmark Book on Nigerian Football

first_imgIt traced the history of the team from the days of UK Tourists through Red Devils, to Green Eagles and then to Super Eagles, and is a literary celebration of 70 years of the Nigeria senior squad. The book at the same time celebrates 60 years of the nation’s supreme football-governing body, Nigeria Football Federation’s affiliation with the continental body, CAF and the world body, FIFA.President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said: “Mr. Solaja is an oak tree in football journalism in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large, and the NFF as an institution is happy to partner him on this memorable project.“I have gone through the book; it is a reader’s delight. More than that, it will be a great arrival on the shelves in an industry that is suffering from paucity of well-written books.”An erudite journalist and diarist extraordinaire who has laid down the marker for excellence in his discipline in several decades of practice, Mr. Kunle Solaja also has to his name two remarkable efforts on Nigerian Football: Super Eagles…Through The Ages and Going for Goals…Unfolding Nigerian Football’s Hidden Stories.Gifted with an eye for detail and lucid writing skill, Solaja has travelled the world in three decades of sterling service to football journalism, and his latest effort has also been applauded by NFF 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi, 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi and two former Nigerian internationals of note, Patrick Ekeji and Olusegun Odegbami. Dr. Larry Izamoje, Chairman of Brila Sports Radio, has also applauded the contributions of Solaja to sports journalism as a whole.The author has served time at some of the country’s leading media houses, including the now-defunct Concord newspapers, The SUN newspapers and The Guardian. While at Concord, he also served as personal assistant on sports to the international business mogul and politician, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, of blessed memory.While the country Nigeria has been to the FIFA World Cup finals on six occasions, Russia 2018 was Solaja’s eighth appearance at the Mundial alongside coverage of other FIFA events like the FIFA Confederation Cup, FIFA U20 World Cup and the FIFA U17 World Cup, as well as several Olympic Games and the Africa Cup of Nations.The book will be launched in Lagos, days before the commencement of the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is the principal sponsor of a landmark book on Nigerian Football titled ‘Super Eagles At 70: Soaring On The Wings’ which was written by foremost football writer and analyst, Kunle Solaja.Described by the author as “a compendium on the Super Eagles written in lucid and infographic grammar,” the book contains about every information that a researcher or reader may desire about Nigeria’s National Team since it was launched on 26th June, 1949.last_img read more