MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view of the field taken during the game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan State Spartans on September 26, 2009 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)This Saturday, No. 13 Wisconsin hosts No. 11 Michigan in a pivotal Big Ten matchup. Both teams have aspirations for a conference title. A win on Saturday will help one team move another step closer — despite it still being so early in the season.The Badgers have been successful for a number of years. Surprisingly though, there have only been four games between top-15 teams at Camp Randall Stadium in the last 20 years. As a result, Wisconsin has sent a message to fans before the game.“This Saturday is a big deal. Be there early. Be loud the whole time. Be proud to be a Badger.”Wisconsin is taking this seriously — as it should be. The Badgers have been consistently good over the last decade, sometimes even great. But they’re looking to take the next step as a program. A selection to the College Football Playoff would be that next step. Beating Michigan would look good on Wisconsin’s potential playoff resume.The 11th-ranked Wolverines came into the year with high expectations. But many feel they’ve been underwhelming this season, despite a 3-0 start. Offensive inconsistency is once again an issue for UM. They’ll face their toughest defensive test so far on Saturday. The Badgers have back-to-back shutouts heading into the game.There have only been four games between top-15 teams at Camp Randall in the last 20 years.This Saturday is a big deal.Be there early. Be loud the whole time. Be proud to be a Badger. #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/I4pf0s705L— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) September 19, 2019Wisconsin and Michigan kicks off at noon ET on Saturday. The game will be televised on FOX.
Then-junior Kevin Metka returns the ball during a match against North Carolina Feb. 28 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-1. Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s tennis team started its 2015 season on a high note by shutting out both Northern Kentucky and Youngstown State at the Varsity Tennis Center on Sunday.The Buckeyes started their first home match by taking on Northern Kentucky, the redshirt-freshman team of Matt Mendez and Riley Reist lead on the doubles court defeating freshmen Jack Carney and Nick Lang, 6-1.Redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan and his doubles partner redshirt-junior Chris Diaz were also successful for the Buckeyes, defeating their opponents by the same score of 6-1.OSU also set the tone in the singles matches with Callahan leading the way with a perfect 6-0, 6-0 score. Mendez was also perfect on the match with a two-set sweep against sophomore Balint Zsidai.Redshirt-sophomore Ralf Steinbach and Reist also secured victories for the Buckeyes with Diaz coming out on top of a battle with NKU’s Mate Virag. Diaz struggled fighting off three straight break points in the second set, taking the match 6-1, 6-4.The Buckeyes remained consistent as they faced off against the Youngstown State Penguins late Sunday.Mendez and Reist gained some college exposure by winning their doubles match 6-0. Doubles teams of Diaz and Callahan along with Steinbach and sophomore Herkko Pollanen also won for the Buckeyes.In singles against the Penguins, OSU’s Callahan, Diaz and Mendez each picked up wins. Steinbach finished off the match with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) win over Hugo Morth.Redshirt-senior Kevin Metka said OSU’s main goal is to build on the success from last season, helped by two big wins to start off the year.“We’re just hoping to match what we had last year,” Metka said. “We are looking to win the season, the Big Ten and the tournament.”With those lofty goals, he added that leadership will be key for another strong season.“We need to continue the good leadership we had last year,” Metka said. “We need to fight for each other and play each match as it is instead of looking on to the next one.”With it being his final year with the Buckeyes, Metka said he wants to “cross the T’s and dot the I’s.”“I’m going to give the Buckeyes everything I have, and just take the team as far as I can,” he said.The Buckeyes are set to return to the Varsity Tennis Center on Wednesday agaisnt Butler at noon and Xavier at 6 p.m.