The Wisconsin Badgers and Arizona State Sun Devils aren't playing Massachusetts, Sacramento State or Tennessee Tech this week—they're playing each other, and it's about to get real.
Between Wisconsin and Arizona State, those were their three opponents over the first two weeks of the season. The combined score in those games? 148-0.
Perhaps those weren't the greatest tests, but each team is about to make up for lost time in pressure-cooked situations. Saturday's showdown will be the first road game for the Badgers since last November when they lost at Penn State, and the Sun Devils' first game against a ranked opponent at home since Oct. 18 when they fell to Oregon.
Back in 2010, these two teams squared off at Camp Randall Stadium, and Wisconsin went on to win, 20-19, thanks to a blocked extra point. At the time, the Badgers were the No. 11 team in the country while Arizona State was unranked.
Wisconsin reached the first of three consecutive Rose Bowls that season, but if it wants to keep that streak alive, it needs to prove that it can win tough games on the road, as a Sept. 28 showdown in Columbus, Ohio, is looming. For the Sun Devils, a victory would undoubtedly vault them into the Top 25, but they can't afford to look ahead to their trip to Stanford on Sept. 21.
Certainly, Arizona State has revenge on its mind, but the Badgers and head coach Gary Andersen are ready to empty their bag of tricks. We'll get you all geared up for one of Week 3's biggest games on the college football schedule.
Day, Time: Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET
Place: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
Spread: Arizona State -6 (via Bovada.lv)