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Alabama's Hall has work cut out against LSU's secondary

Most fans are talking about Alabama coach Nick Saban facing his former team, LSU. But once the ball is snapped, the matchups worth watching will take place in the trenches.

Originally Published: November 1, 2007
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com
No. 21 Wisconsin at No. 1 Ohio State
[+] EnlargeJames Laurinaitis
Tom Szczerbowski/US PresswireWhere you see Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill you are likely to find Ohio State James Laurinaitis.
There are going to be many great one-on-one matchups in this game as the Buckeyes try to remain undefeated. Badgers CB Jack Ikegwuonu (6-foot-1, 200 lbs.) did a great job last week on Indiana WR James Hardy (6-7, 220), holding him to just four receptions. Ikegwuonu likely will draw Ohio State's leading receiver, Brian Robiskie, who is averaging almost 20 yards a catch. A matchup in the trenches worth watching will be Wisconsin's Matt Shaughnessy (6-5, 245) -- a rangy and underrated defensive end -- against Ohio State right tackle Kirk Barton (6-6, 300). Shaughnessy moves around a lot, but expect him to line up at left end most of the day.


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