It has been an interesting season for the Wisconsin Badgers thus far. After beginning the year as a favorite to contend with the Ohio State Buckeyes for a Big Ten title, the Badgers have lost two games — one was extremely controversial — and one was to the Buckeyes. They are down, but not out of the race.
On the other side of the field, the BYU Cougars could be an upset-worthy team that could travel to Wisconsin and possibly take down the mighty Badgers. The Cougars have won five games in a row since starting the season 1-2. Sitting at 6-2, BYU is headed to a bowl game once again in 2013.
Wisconsin has one of the most explosive running attacks in the nation. It’s not often that the quarterback is overlooked in an offense because of the stellar run game, but this is one of those situations. Melvin Gordon leads the 10th-ranked rushing attack with 1,074 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season while James White has added another 804 yards and nine scores on the year — this has to be one of the best one-two punches in the nation. It’s not like quarterback Joel Stave isn’t a solid quarterback with 1,630 yards and 15 touchdowns, but the run game is what makes this team fun to watch.
The Cougars, like the Badgers, rank in the top-15 in rushing yards per game this season. It seems like BYU hasn’t depended on the run game as much as the Badgers have because Taysom Hill has molded the Cougars into a top-50 passing offense. Hill has passed for 2,019 yards and 12 touchdowns on the year, hitting Cody Hoffman 29 times for 524 yards and three touchdowns. Hill also leads the team in rushing with 841 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground this season. Jamaal Williams adds another 733 yards and three touchdowns to the 14th-ranked run offense.
Defensively, the Badgers rank fifth in the country in points allowed per game with 15 while also allowing 310.1 yards per game — good for eighth in the nation. The Cougars rank 27th in points against and 42nd in yards against per game this season.
PREDICTION: BYU 21, Wisconsin 31
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