ESPN’s Final Prediction For Today’s Michigan-Wisconsin Game

first_img The Badgers are favored by roughly 3.5 points, and it appears ESPN is also siding with Paul Chryst’s squad.According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Wisconsin has a 70.0 percent chance of defeating Michigan.ESPN's prediction for the Michigan-Wisconsin game.Those are pretty low odds for the Wolverines, but it’s not surprising when you consider how dominant the Badgers have looked thus far. It also helps that they’ll have home-field advantage in this game.Kickoff for this game is at 12 p.m. E.T. from Camp Randall Stadium.Which team do you have winning this matchup: Michigan or Wisconsin? Michigan CB Lavert Hill celebrates after scoring defensive touchdown.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Lavert Hill #24 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates his second half touchdown with Josh Metellus #14 after intercepting a pass against the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Two of the best teams in the Big Ten will battle it out this afternoon as Wisconsin hosts Michigan. Both programs are undefeated and coming off their bye week.Michigan needed overtime to defeat Army in its previous matchup, meanwhile Wisconsin dismantled Central Michigan.While the focus in Ann Arbor is on Shea Patterson and his early struggles to start the season, the fans in Madison are loving every chance they get to watch Jonathan Taylor.Even though quarterbacks are becoming the overwhelming favorites to win the Heisman Trophy, the Wisconsin tailback has a legitimate chance of winning the hardware. In two games this season, Taylor has over 300 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns.last_img read more

Xeneta: Price War Key Driver for Swapping Container Carriers

first_imgPrice, risk management and loss of trust were identified as the main reasons why businesses end agreements with container ship carriers in a market currently riven by instability, the market intelligence platform for containerized ocean freight Xeneta said.“One might expect bad service to be the main reason for swapping supplier, but that isn’t the case in container shipping,“ Xeneta CEO, Patrik Berglund, said.He added that the current state of the industry, with huge capacity oversupply leading to collapsing TEU rates, “has effectively created a price war, pushing cost ‘front of mind’ for anyone shipping large volumes of product.”Price may be top of the list with Xeneta’s contributors, but, for some at least, it is not the sole consideration for switching as risk management, in terms of supply, is also a factor, Berglund said.“According to some of our shippers, shifts in trade lanes due to changing customer needs may result in an inability for an incumbent carrier to provide the requested capacity. If you think of retailers that need to react to changing market demands, it’s imperative that their supply chain is both reliable and flexible. A carrier that can’t meet those criteria is simply too much of a risk,” he said.Additionally, there are signs that the market is picking up and prices are increasing, which creates a new risk. Shippers that negotiate long-term rates when the market is low could face danger of ‘rolling cargo’, whereby their products are left on the docks to make way for shippers paying higher prices.Loss of trust was the last of the ‘top three’, with bad experiences or contractual failures undermining relationships that may otherwise have prospered. Again though, price was often a key factor, according to Xeneta.Berglund says that some container ship carriers price ‘strategically’ to win market shares, but then a few months into the relationship try to adjust rates to meet their business requirements.However, he added that shippers rely, and base their entire operational plans, on the information provided by their suppliers, “such as guaranteed capacity, transit time and pricing, so the commitments that are made during the procurement process must be honoured. If they don’t do that, they don’t keep the business.”last_img read more