A pair of 6-2 teams that can pound the rock with the best of them will square off at Camp Randall Stadium when the Wisconsin Badgers host the BYU Cougars in an oddly timed, yet pivotal nonconference matchup.
The only previous meeting between these two schools came in 1980, when BYU knocked off Wisconsin, 28-3 in Madison, Wis.
Just as the Badgers had an extra week to prepare for Iowa in Week 10 after handing their Big Ten rivals a 28-9 defeat, BYU will be coming off a bye as it gets set for perhaps its biggest test of the season.
The Wisconsin offense didn't get going until the second half against the Hawkeyes last Saturday, but James White—not Melvin Gordon—came forward and helped break open the game in the fourth quarter. Recently becoming an Independent after leaving the Mountain West, the Cougars have impressive victories over Texas, Georgia Tech, Houston and most recently Boise State.
While it's never easy traveling to Madison and bringing home a victory, BYU has already challenged itself this season and shouldn't be intimidated. But the Badgers have only allowed one touchdown in four home games this season, so points may be hard to come by for the Cougars.
Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen is plenty familiar with the Cougars, as he faced them annually while with Utah State. Let's see if he is up to the challenge once again, this time while wearing red, as we preview Saturday afternoon's showdown between the Badgers and Cougars.
Day, Time: Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT
Place: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.
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