Breaking down Wisconsin, BYU's next opponent

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6 2013 12:38 p.m. MST

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Wisconsin's offense uses the old-school power running game to hit defenses in the mouth, and the Badgers have two of the best running backs in the country.

Gordon leads Wisconsin with 1,074 yards on 124 carries. That translates to 8.7 yards per carry. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound sophomore has explosive acceleration and blazing speed, and he excels at finding a hole and making big plays. If the BYU front seven miss a tackle, Gordon will make the Cougars pay.

But Gordon is far from alone. Senior White has 804 yards on the season, and, like Gordon, he averages more than 100 yards per game. The only other team in the nation to have two players in that category is BYU, with Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams.

With weapons like these, Wisconsin would be crazy not to depend on its solid running game.

However, BYU can't afford to ignore sophomore quarterback Joel Stave. While Stave's 1,630 passing yards place him at No. 63 in the nation, he is No. 26 in passing efficiency with a QB rating of 150.6. His favorite target is Jared Abbrederis, who has 782 yards and six touchdowns on the season. Unfortunately for Wisconsin, Abbrederis left last week's game against Iowa with a rib injury and it's still unclear whether he'll play against the Cougars, according to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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Gorum The Old
Madison, AL

Coach Andersen said Tuesday morning that Abbrederis will play on Saturday.

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