UW, Penn State trav­eled down the same road

Both teams haven’t lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions this sea­son

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Sports - Jeff Potrykus

STATE COL­LEGE, Pa. – Wel­come to the Cross­roads Bowl.

Wis­con­sin opened the 2018 col­lege foot­ball sea­son No. 7 in the Amway coaches poll and No. 4 in The As­so­ci­ated Press poll.

Penn State opened at No. 9 and No. 10, re­spec­tively.

Pre­sea­son rank­ings gen­er­ally are a crap­shoot but the play­ers in both locker rooms be­lieved their teams would con­tend for the Big Ten ti­tle

and a berth in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off.

The stakes won’t be as grandiose when UW (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) meets Penn State (6-3, 3-3) at 11 a.m. Sat­ur­day at Beaver Sta­dium.

UW, de­spite losses to Michi­gan and North­west­ern, re­mains in the run­ning for the West Divi­sion ti­tle, though the chances are slim with three games left and North­west­ern on top of the stand­ings at 5-1

“The rest of the sea­son … we can’t lose any more,” UW sopho­more corner­back Madi­son Cone said. “We’ve got to lock in and han­dle busi­ness from here on out.

“But this game is go­ing to be a big one. We’ve got to win Sat­ur­day af­ter Sat­ur­day.”

“We have to make sure we start fast,” se­nior linebacker T.J. Ed­wards said. “Es­pe­cially be­ing at Penn State, that is

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