TV Schedule: Saturday, September 26 5 p.m. ET, BTN
Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Line: Wisconsin (-24.5)
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (2-1) opened up the season with a strong performance, beating Colorado 28-20 in the first game of the season, before losing 38-0 against the defending National Champions, Ohio State Buckeyes. After an easy win against FCS opponent UC Davis, Hawaii will walk into Camp Randall Stadium Saturday night in its third Power 5 opponent of the season. Head Coach Norm Chow and starting quarterback Max Wittek look to build on their impressive performance from last week, and try to move the ball through the air against a big Wisconsin Badgers defense.
The No. 22 Wisconsin (2-1) struggled in its first game of the season against Alabama, but have since looked like the powerhouse we’re used to seeing. In Week 2, Wisconsin beat the Miami (OH) Redhawks 58-0, and in Week 3, the Badgers were in control as they defeated Troy 28-3. Quarterback Joel Stave is statistically having the best season of his career through the first three games, throwing for six touchdowns and completing 67 percent of his passes so far. Starting running back Corey Clement is still sidelined with a groin injury, and it is uncertain whether he will see the field on Saturday.
Wisconsin will try to continue its success in the passing game, and hope to develop a strong running game with backup running backs Dare Ogunbowale and Taiwan Deal taking the load. Wisconsin hopes to put this game away early, as the Badgers play its third straight home game against a non-Power 5 opponent; however, with former USC starting quarterback Max Wittek starting for the Warriors, Hawaii can stick around longer than expected. In the end, the Badgers are too fast, too strong and too big for Hawaii to handle.
Prediction: Wisconsin 45, Hawaii 20