Morning State Sports Roundup: Wisconsin rushing average on pace for their lowest in 21 yearsWisconsin Sports
-- The University of Wisconsin football team's offensive line continues to attract scrutiny, as the Badgers are on pace for their lowest rushing average in 21 years.
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin football team's offensive line continues to attract scrutiny, as the Badgers are on pace for their lowest rushing average in 21 years.
Wisconsin is 94th in the country with just under 120 yards on the ground per game. That’s after the Badgers averaged over 200 yards in each of the last five years. And they have not averaged lower than 160 yards since 1991, when Wisconsin had just 95 rushing yards per game in Barry Alvarez’s second season as the head coach. Coach Bret Bielema says the Badger offensive line is not the only group having problems blocking. He says the tight ends and fullbacks have not been effective in some of their blocking schemes, either. The Badgers lost some talent at those positions after tight end Jake Byrne and fullback Bradie Ewing left after last season. Wisconsin is 2-1 as it gets ready to host Texas-El Paso on Saturday. UTEP comes in at 1-2.
The final tournament in the PGA Playoffs begins this morning. Steve Stricker of Madison has an 11:55 a.m. tee-time for the first round of the Tour Championship near Atlanta. The Top-30 in the Fed-Ex Cup point standings are competing. Stricker is 13th, and he’s one of only three players to advance to the Tour Championship since the playoff system was set up six years ago. Any of the Top-Five players would win the Fed-Ex crown with a victory this weekend. First-place Rory McIlroy has won the last two events in the series. Tiger Woods is second in the standings, followed by Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson, and Brandt Snedecker. Stricker has already been a big winner in Atlanta this week. On Tuesday night, he received one of the Tour’s highest honors –the Payne Stewart Award for the player who best exemplifies respect for the game of golf, a commitment to charity, and a professional attitude toward himself and the sport.