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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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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61