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Wisconsin Trio Sound Off On College Football Weekend

Friday, 09.30.2011 / 9:40 AM CT / Training Camp Central
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Wisconsin Trio Sound Off On College Football Weekend
There are plenty of big college football games this weekend, including Alabama at Florida, Clemson at Virginia Tech, and Texas A&M at Arkansas.

But for three players inside the Nashville Predators dressing room, there is no bigger game on Saturday than No. 8 Nebraska at No. 7 Wisconsin.

Ryan Suter, Blake Geoffrion and Craig Smith all attended the University of Wisconsin and root for the Badgers, although the level of intensity varies. They will need to DVR the game because kickoff is at the same time as when the Predators host Carolina in the final preseason game.

We spoke with the three players about the upcoming game. A few observations: Suter thinks the atmosphere will be ridiculously intense, Smith isn’t a huge fan of football but is supporting his team, and Geoffrion is so knowledgeable about college football that he could be an analyst on ESPN’s College GameDay, which will appropriately be in Madison on Saturday.


Ryan Suter
“It should be pretty exciting and it will be a really good atmosphere up there. I wish I was up there to watch it. It will start a big rivalry, I guarantee you that. I’m sure it’s going to be a chippy, hard fought game. It’s the first Big 10 conference game for Wisconsin, and I know both teams want to start it off right.”


Craig Smith
“That’s going to be a great game. I’m not a huge football junkie, but I know everyone was talking about it during the summer. Nebraska has a pretty good team. They’re known for their football. Coming in, we have a pretty good team this year. It should be a great game. I’m excited, and go Badgers.”


Blake Geoffrion
“I think it will be a good game, two schools that thrive on the run game. I think Wisconsin has the advantage this year. (Quarterback) Russell Wilson has been great and Nick Toon is having a great year. (Toon) is about to pass his dad (Al) in total receptions in a career. Linebackers, I think that’s a weakness for us, we’re pretty small. But I have faith in our special teams and in the offense to get it done.”

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

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HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33