Utah State vs Wisconsin: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More
A loss to Oregon State may have dropped the Wisconsin Badgers way down in the rankings—or out of the rankings, in the case of the AP poll—but there is never a better way to rectify that than by bouncing back with a win.
And this week, if it wants to salvage its postseason hopes, Wisconsin will have to get that win against Utah State.
It won't be easy. The Aggies may be a WAC opponent, but they're riding high on confidence after taking down Pac-12 rival Utah in overtime in Week 2. Couple that with a season-opening win over Southern Utah, and the Aggies are looking pretty good right about now.
But whether their first trip of the season out of Utah will bring good news or bad news remains to be seen. Here's everything you need to know about where and when you can see the action.
Where: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.
When: Saturday, September 15 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Big Ten Network
Live Stream: KVNU
Betting Odds (via OddsShark): Wisconsin -13 1/2
Utah State Injuries (via USAToday.com)
- Quarterback Adam Kennedy is questionable for Week 3 against Wisconsin
Wisconsin Injuries (via USAToday.com)
- Wide receiver Chase Hammond has been held out of the first two games due to a foot injury and is questionable for Saturday's game
- Linebacker Vince Biegel is dealing with a foot injury and is questionable for Saturday's game
- Linebacker Cody Byers is out for the season after sustaining a concussion in practice
After the loss to Oregon State, Wisconsin all but played itself out of contention. Up until then, the Badgers looked OK, though not excellent: They squeaked by Northern Iowa in the season opener, which should have been a sign of more trouble to come.
A loss to a Pac-12 opponent isn't necessarily a horrible loss, but it was clear that a No. 13 ranking was far too high for Wisconsin. A win over Utah State won't necessarily push the Badgers back into the AP poll, but it will help.
It's hard to tell how good the Aggies really are: They're 2-0 and one of their wins came against a Pac-12 opponent, but a road win against a Big Ten team would be a huge indicator that this team is for real.
What They're Saying
To say the very least, the Aggies' win over Utah was a big deal. Mostly, it made headlines because it signaled the end of Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn's career, but on the Utah State side of things, it marked the first time in 15 years that the Aggies managed to beat Utah, according to KSL.com's Matt Glade.
If the season were to end right now, it seems that would be just fine for most Aggies fans. This team has already reached the pinnacle. As Glade writes:
To try and give those of you who aren't Aggie fans (namely BYU and Jazz fans) [a point of reference]: Close your eyes and imagine what it would be like to beat the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. … Pretty glorious, huh? That's how Utah State players, fans and coaches felt [Saturday] night.
Wisconsin is feeling the complete opposite at the moment—and after the loss to Oregon State, the Badgers have resorted to a big move to try to stop the bleeding.
According to the Associated Press, Wisconsin fired offensive line coach Mike Markuson, though head coach Bret Bielema insists that the firing wasn't a response to the Badgers' slow start.
Bielema told the AP:
I know everybody's got their own forgone conclusions of what transpired. It wasn't a knee-jerk thing by me, it's something that we kind of talked about and processed through.
Just for some frame of reference: The Badgers have scored just 33 points in two games this season, which ranks them 105th in the NCAA.
Utah State Player to Watch
As bad as Wisconsin's offense has been his season, Utah State's offense has been the opposite, thanks to sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton, who threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns in the 27-20 win over Utah.
The WAC offensive Player of the Week also rushed for a career-high 86 yards and locked up the Player of the Week honors when his 23-yard rush set up the winning touchdown in overtime, according to the Deseret News' Doug Hoffman.
Hoffman adds that Keeton now ranks first in the WAC in passing efficiency and 11th in the nation. Could a star be emerging in front of us? If he succeeds on the road against Wisconsin, we'll have our answer.
Wisconsin Player to Watch
Montee Ball has had a rough time over the last couple of months. The Heisman candidate was the victim of a three-man attack on August 1 that left him with a concussion and kept him out of the first week of the preseason, according to the Wisconsin State Journal's Sandy Cullen.
He's been rebounding admirably throughout the first couple of weeks of the season, rushing for a total of 181 yards and a touchdown, and even though there are plenty of distractions threatening to derail him this season, he is the key that is going to get this offense rolling.
If Ball can have a huge game against Utah State on Saturday, the Badgers could be well on their way to rebounding.
In Saturday's matchup, we have two teams that couldn't be in more drastically different places. One underdog has overachieved and is about to face its first big road challenge of the season, and one favorite has utterly failed to live up to expectations and desperately needs this win in order to salvage the season.
Who's your pick to win?
That means on Saturday, we could see Wisconsin take out its early-season frustrations on Utah State—and the Aggies won't know what hit them. Or, we could see Wisconsin continue to circle the drain, and we could find out that the Aggies are a lot better than we thought they were.
Whatever happens, this game figures to be a turning point for both teams—for better or worse.
Prediction: Wisconsin Wins
Keeton has been playing well, and he did lead the Aggies to a win over Utah for the first time in 15 years, but beating Wisconsin on the road is a whole new can of worms. And as bad as this Wisconsin offense has looked in 2012, I just don't see the Badgers losing at home to a WAC opponent.
All this offense needs is one good game to get rolling, and Utah State could prove to be the ideal opponent to enable a resurgence.
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