Badgers vs. BYU preview

Sixth ranked Wisconsin (2-0) closes out non-conference play against BYU (1-1) on Saturday at 2:30 pm (CT).

Saturday’s game will mark the fourth time these programs have played in their history. UW leads the series so far 2-1.

A win Saturday would give the Badgers their 700th win as a program, becoming the fifth Big Ten team to reach that mark and 26th FBS team.

Danny Davis, who will not face any criminal charges per reports, has been cleared to play by head coach Paul Chryst after serving a two game suspension.

BYU presents a challenge for Wisconsin’s defense where the Badgers will have to win 1-on-1 matchups in space.

In both games this season, BYU has had at least 10 different players with receptions, including 11 against California last week.

The young UW secondary has been up to the challenge so far this season and they’ll need it to continue tomorrow. Wisconsin ranks 24th nationally in passing yards allowed and 42nd in passing efficiency defense.

Prediction:

Wisconsin opened as 21-point favorites and is currently 22.5 point favorites, a smaller than expected margin for a team who’s won their last 41 games against non-conference opponents at home and have held seven of their last 15 non-conference foes without a touchdown at Camp Randall.

BYU has looked much improved in their first two games of the season, holding their own against Pac-12 foes Arizona and California, but the Badgers will challenge the Cougars in different ways.

BYU’s defense has seen an average of 14 carries per game from the opponents feature back this season. Jonathon Taylor is coming off a career high 33 rushing attempts last week against New Mexico resulting in three TD’s and a career high 253 rushing yards.

BYU is hanging their hats on not letting Taylor hit the home run in last season’s matchup, but in 2017 he averaged 7.1 yards per carry in Provo. As a team, UW ran for 235 yards in a game that was over in the third quarter.

The Cougars have lost their last six games against ranked opponents dating back to 2013 and 12 of their last 13 overall. The last time the Cougars defeated a ranked opponent on the road? 2006.

Wisconsin 31, BYU 3.

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