Forecast: Wisconsin Football Week Three

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 09: Michael Deiter
MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 09: Michael Deiter /

The Badgers make their first ever trip to Utah after dispatching Florida Atlantic, 31-14, at Camp Randall on Saturday. Will Wisconsin’s first trip to the Beehive State be a success when they take on BYU?

Last week’s game was never in doubt. The Badgers had a lowly FAU Owls team heading into Camp Randall.

FAU was coming off a sound defeat in week one as well as Hurricane Irma on their minds as it was barreling down on Florida.

Apparently everyone else thought this as well:

Not only did FAU cover the 34-point spread, making it a very good day for Vegas, but the Badgers looked a bit shaky as well.

Alex Hornibrook wasn’t able to hit open receivers when he needed. Receivers were dropping relatively easy passes. And at one point, a slight thought of doubt that the Owls were in the game crept into my mind.

However, UW got the job done and closed out FAU to move to 2-0 on the season.

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Now the Cardinal and White turn their attention to their first road game of the year in Provo, Utah against BYU (1-2).

This game is a bit of a unique one, not just for Wisconsin, but for the Big Ten as well.

The Cougars are coming off a home loss to in-state rival, Utah, by a score of 19-13. They mustered just 233 total yards of offense in the game while allowing over 300 through the air and over 100 on the ground to the Utes.

BYU has struggled this season offensively, totaling just 33 points over three games to begin the season. That ranks 125th out of 130 for points-per-game in the country.

While all the signs point toward the Badgers coming away with another big victory, there just seems something fishy about this game.

It’s not just the first time for a school, but the first time for an entire conference to go to BYU. Wisconsin will have to go into the Rocky Mountains with no comparison of teams they have ever played against to watch film on.

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This sounds like I am preparing for the worst but I do believe Wisconsin will leave Utah with a win. The defense will show its strength once again and hopefully last week was a wake-up call for the offense. Expect a low-scoring, defensive struggle in this one.

Prediction: Wisconsin 24, BYU 14