Week two games of interest to Wisconsin Football fans

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TUCSON, AZ – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Tanner Mangum #12 of the Brigham Young Cougars throws a pass during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona. The Cougars defeated the Wildcats 28-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Cal at BYU

10:15 p.m. ET

This game is here because of both its participants. Obviously, the Badgers play BYU a week from Saturday, but former Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is the current head coach of Cal. Wilcox led the Golden Bears to a 5-7 record last year while dropping some close games. His team is off to a good start this season thanks to a win over North Carolina last week.

BYU is the underdog in this matchup despite its impressive win last weekend over Arizona and Heisman Trophy candidate Khalil Tate. The Cougars had a huge third quarter winning the period 21-0. The Cougar defense did a masterful job shutting down Tate as well who is one of the most electric players in college football. Tate threw for less than 200 yards and only picked up 14 yards on the ground.

BYU will get a good chance this week to face a much stronger defense than it did last week. Wilcox’s team may struggle on offense, but the defense is sound. The way the BYU offense performs in this game will be much closer to how it will perform in Madison next week. Don’t expect any 21-point quarters.

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All four of these games should be watched closely. Their outcomes all impact Wisconsin’s season in many ways.

All stats cited in this post are courtesy of ESPN.com.