UW looks for late-season momentum

first_imgJunior linebacker Chris Borland was forced to miss the Ohio State game with a hamstring injury but is looking to return this weekend against Penn State.[/media-credit]Following an emotional 21-14 overtime loss to Ohio State Saturday at Camp Randall, the Wisconsin football team will be looking to recover quickly from heartbreak as they travel to State College, Pa., to face Penn State in its Big Ten regular season finale.Head coach Bret Bielema addressed the demoralizing loss from the weekend before turning focus to Penn State at his weekly press conference Monday.In Wisconsin’s last eight losses, the margin of defeat has been a touchdown or less, and Bielema admitted just a few mistakes can lead to a more favorable outcome.“If you don’t take advantage of maybe a touchdown throw here, a tackle here, that’s what gives you a loss,” Bielema said,Nonetheless, the Badgers have certainly shown resiliency under Bielema, having never lost back-to-back games in the month of November, going a perfect 3-0.But a rebounding win will not be a simple task this week as Penn State (7-4, 5-2 Big Ten) and senior quarterback Matt McGloin the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week – await Wisconsin (7-4, 4-3).McGloin dominated Indiana through the air by completing 22 of 32 passes for 395 yards and four touchdowns in a convincing 45-22 victory Saturday. McGloin also set Penn State records in career touchdowns, career 200-yard passing games, season completions and season passing yards in the rout.“He really understands the role that he has at quarterback in that system,” Bielema said of McGloin. “He’s obviously a very intelligent, very competitive kid. … You can see why the kids play hard around him.”McGloin is one of several Nittany Lion seniors that elected to remain at Penn State after a tumultuous offseason in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. Despite NCAA sanctions and the death of longtime head coach Joe Paterno, the Nittany Lions have largely exceeded preseason expectations during head coach Bill O’Brien’s first full season.“[It’s] very easy to see that they’ve gotten better every week – offense, defense, special teams,” Bielema said. “I think their coach is getting more and more familiar with what they can bring to the table.”Injury updatesDepending on the health of many Badgers, Wisconsin may not be able to field its top players. The Badgers are hoping redshirt sophomore right tackle Rob Havenstein and middle linebacker Chris Borland will be able to recover from injuries in time for Saturday’s matchup.Bielema said Havenstein could possibly return to practice later this week coming off a mild MCL sprain. Chris Borland’s status is looking positive after he suffered a hamstring injury against Indiana. The junior linebacker’s aggressive, consistent this season have helped anchor the 14th-best scoring defense in the nation.“[Borland’s] feeling very, very well,” Bielema said. “He’ll get in the pool and do some more running here today and we’ll hopefully see where he can be for tomorrow afternoon’s practice.”Bielema noted that given Wisconsin’s proximity to the end of the season, the team may adjust its practice schedule as it prepares for the Nittany Lions.“I gave [the team] Sunday to get a jump start on Penn State, we have today off and then we’ll jump into tomorrow’s practice,” Bielema said. “I think it’s important for us to know that we are at the end of a 12-game stretch here where they’ve battled their all, they’ve gotten to a 7-4 mark.“I think the mental fatigue and the physical fatigue is real, so as a head coach I’ve got to be smart with what we ask guys to do this week, especially with the Thanksgiving week and all the scheduling things that brings.”The Badgers will look to build momentum heading into the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis Dec. 1. Additionally, Wisconsin’s seniors will be looking to play their way into the Badger record book, as a win over Penn State would tie the mark of 40 victories in a four-year span set by the class of 2007.The next class to come through the Wisconsin program will likely have a completely different slate over four years as two new teams – Maryland and Rutgers – are planning to join the Big Ten in 2014-15. At the time of the press conference, Bielema had limited time to think about the move, but he noted that it does benefit UW’s recruiting efforts on the East Coast. “We do go against Rutgers quite a bit in recruiting when we’re in New Jersey, New York, even in on the eastern side of the country in Florida,” Bielema said. “I’m excited. Every time the commissioner and the athletic directors have come up with a plan, that’s been very, very positive. I’m assuming this will be as well.”last_img read more

ECS reveal full lineup of teams for Season 4

first_imgThe Esports Championship Series returns for Season 4, and gets underway tomorrow. The tournament has now revealed the full lineup of teams across the European division and also the North American division ahead of the action commencing on YouTube Gaming shortly. The tournament is of course FACEIT’s premier CS:GO tournament. Credit: ECSSeason 4 will of course see the return of the winners of the third season, SK Gaming, who beat FaZe Clan in a crazy final at the SSE Wembley Arena, London earlier this year. Furthermore, the winners of both the inaugural season and the second season, G2 Esports and Astralis will also compete. The prize pool for the tournament is no less than $750,000 (£570,000) and the venue for the eventual finals is still yet to be revealed. ECS has confirmed that the finals of the fifth season will take place at Wembley Arena, yet the fourth season’s LAN venue is still TBC. With regards to the teams set to compete, there’s been a slight shake-up in the European division whilst the North American side has remained the same as last season. Virtus.pro who have been perennially under performing managed to retain their spot after beating Space Soldiers, whilst Heroic dispatched last season’s worst performer Team Dignitas to snatch their spot. In America, Luminosity beat Misfits and Ghost Gaming beat Tempo Storm meaning that the lineup for North America hasn’t changed at all. European teams: Astralis, EnVyUs, FaZe Clan, G2, GODSENT, mousesports, NiP, Fnatic, Heroic, Virtus.pro.North American teams: SK Gaming, Cloud9, OpTic Gaming, Immortals, CLG, Team Liquid, NRG, Renegades, Luminosity Gaming, Ghost.Those who are new to participate in the fourth season of ECS have the opportunity to sign up for co-ownership in the league and the opportunity to have representation on the league’s governing committee. In total, $1.25 million will be provided for Season 4 that goes towards both the prize pool and supportive funds that will “provide player and team stability”. It includes helping organisations provide better salaries, facilities and equipment as well as improving the overall welfare for players plus providing a more structured framework for the ECS to operate within. Esports Insider says: A stacked ECS for the fourth season, with VP even retaining their slot. As we mentioned, the venue has not yet been revealed so we’re excited to see where it goes. Will it be somewhere else in the UK or are we off somewhere else?last_img read more