Danny Kanell: If Wisconsin faced Alabama, it would be Michigan State repeat
Last year’s College Football Playoff semifinal went about as poorly as it could’ve for the B1G.
Michigan State was pounded by Alabama in every way possible. Even though the Spartans kept it close early, they couldn’t get anything rolling against the Tide.
This year, Alabama appears to be on a similar path to the CFP and possibly the national championship. There are three B1G teams (Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin) that appear to be alive to possibly set up with a showdown against Nick Saban’s squad.
But if Wisconsin wins out and makes the field as the No. 4 seed, ESPN’s Danny Kanell said on “Russillo and Kanell” it’d be a repeat of 2015.
“If it was No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Wisconsin, I would ask to be taken off that so I wouldn’t have to watch that again,” said Kanell, who covered the MSU-Alabama game last year. “That would play right into Alabama’s strength. I think Alabama would completely dominate (Wisconsin).
“(Alex Hornibrook or Bart Houston), whichever one is in there, would have a nightmare day. It’d be Michigan State all over again.”
Todd McShay, who has covered a few Wisconsin games this year, opposed Kanell’s strong stance.
“They’re one of those teams that defensively, they’re capable. Offensively, they’re incompetent in some weeks and competent in other weeks,” McShay said. “…(Against Alabama) I don’t think it would be that bad.”
Well, Alabama and Wisconsin did square off in the season opener last year. Wisconsin basically played that game without Michael Caputo and Corey Clement, both of whom were injured in the first quarter. And while Wisconsin didn’t push Alabama to the brink, it was only an 18-point win for the Tide.
This year’s Wisconsin squad is obviously much-improved, and is as battle-tested as they come. The Badgers did only lose to a dominant Michigan defense by a touchdown on the road and they should’ve probably beaten Ohio State in Madison.
In other words, it’d be hard to see a repeat of 2015. But Kanell sounded pretty set on that narrative.