The BYU Cougars hit the road in the hopes of snapping No. 21 Wisconsin’s 28-game non-conference home win streak on Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium.
Winners of five straight, BYU is on pace for its best season in four years, but must first stuff the Badgers seemingly unstoppable rushing attack before another trip to fellow independent No. 24 Notre Dame in two weeks.
An old BYU foe during his four year stint at Utah State, head coach Gary Andersen has Wisconsin riding a three-game win streak and tied for second place in the Big 10 standings.
Sophomore running back Melvin Gordon is second in the Big Ten with 1,074 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, but is coming off a 62-yard performance in Wisconsin’s 28-9 win on the road against Iowa. Gordon had rushed for at least 100 yards in six of the previous seven games, and it was just the second time all season he failed to reach the end zone.
Coupled with senior James White’s 804 yards and nine touchdowns, the Badgers own the nation’s 10 th ranked rushing attack.
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Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who leads the team with 4.0 sacks and is tied for second with 46 total tackles, expects an electric, punishing matchup on Saturday.
"It is going to be very physical, " Van Noy said to the Salt Lake Tribune. "They are going to make plays, and we are going to make plays. It is going to be very entertaining, and I am happy that my family will be able to watch the game back home on ESPN."
BYU’s Tayson Hill leads the team in passing and rushing with 2,860 all-purpose yards, and notched four of his 20 touchdowns two weeks ago in the Cougars 37-20 win over Boise State.
The Badgers fifth ranked defense only allows 15.0 points per game, but they had some trouble earlier this year with another dual threat quarterback in Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, who threw four touchdowns and rushed for 83 yards in a 31-24 loss.
Still teams have struggled overall to get past the Badgers powerful front seven led by senior linebackers Chris Borland and Conor O’Neill, and junior nose tackle Warren Herring. The trio’s combined for seven of the Badgers 18 sacks, the fifth best mark in the Big Ten.
Betting Odds: Wisconsin is favored by 9 points
Over/Under: 55.5 points
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Where To Watch Online: Watch ESPN
Prediction: Wisconsin 30, BYU 27