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UW-L FB can't recover from slow start

By RICK SOLEM
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Sometimes, it looks like the first game of the season.

For the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse football team, that was exactly the case - figuratively and literally.

The defense didn’t show up to start. The offense took the first quarter off and, before the Eagles knew it, they had a 21-point deficit.

That was too much to overcome Saturday. UW-L scored with 13 seconds remaining in the contest to make it a 35-24 loss to the University of Dubuque at Veterans Memorial Field.

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NFL Playoff Predictions

Column: RICK SOLEM
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There may not be a more exciting game to kick off the 2013-14 NFL season.

It’s the rematch of the AFC Divisional playoff between the Baltimore Ravens at the Denver Broncos.

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NFL: The AFC by division

Column: RICK SOLEM
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The Broncos are good. The Jets are bad. J.J. Watt's a beast. Montee Ball could be. And Ray Lewis isn't around anymore to dance ... on the field anyway. What's the over/under on him doing it in studio, two weeks?

Here are my predictions for the AFC divisions this season. The hardest part of picking was who would be the surprise team and who would take a dive this season, since it seems to always happen.

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NFL: The NFC by division

Column: RICK SOLEM
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Finally, baseball is over and the NFL is here!

That’s how I feel about it anyway. Then again, I’ve felt that way for most of the summer.

Here’s the NFC by division. I feel like the NFC is a lot more competitive top to bottom than the AFC … except for the Bears. The Bears still suck.

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Badgers playing down ... again.

Column: RICK SOLEM
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The college football season sort of starts tonight and this weekend.

There are some interesting storylines heading in, but what is rarely interesting about college football is the first few weeks.

The 23rd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers – new coach, quarterback questions, replacing Montee Ball – open the season against … wait for it … UMass. Hooray! The Badgers are 45-point favorites. 

The week after, they play Tennessee Tech. 

What’s the point?

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