Fresh after a bye week, BYU travels to Camp Randall Stadium to face No. 24 Wisconsin. The 6-2 Cougars are looking for a big win on the road against a ranked opponent, and a win here would likely propel them into the Top 25.
On the other hand, Gary Andersen and the 6-2 Badgers want to add a quality win to their resume as they compete for a BCS at-large bid.
Here's a look at the matchup and what's at stake as BYU faces Wisconsin on Saturday.
BYU (6-2) at No. 21 Wisconsin (6-2)
Saturday 1:30 p.m. MST
Camp Randall Stadium (80,321)
Radio: 1160 AM
Weather: Partly cloudy and windy, with temperatures in the low 50s
The Badgers are looking to maintain their national ranking and position themselves for a possible BCS bowl game.
For BYU The Cougars are looking to extend their five-game winning streak and earn a rare road victory over a nationally ranked team.
The Badgers are 20-5 in November games since the start of the 2006 season and they’ve won 28 consecutive home games against nonconference opponents, dating back to 2003.
For BYU The Cougars are 1-0 all time against Wisconsin, having claimed a 28-3 victory over the Badgers in 1980.
Wisconsin will win if
The Badgers dictate the tempo of the game through their stout defense and strong run game.
BYU will win if The Cougars are effective on third downs and in the red zone. They’ll also need to avoid turnovers and maintain their composure in a hostile atmosphere.
Taysom Hill, BYU: The sophomore quarterback has improved dramatically over the past month, but Saturday will mark his toughest test of the season. He could etch his name into BYU lore with an upset of Wisconsin on the road.
BYU’S DEFENSE VS. WISCONSIN’S RUSHING ATTACK: The Badgers boast a pair of running backs, Melvin Gordon and James White, who average more than 100 yards per game. The Cougars will need to slow down the run to win the game.
Wisconsin: Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis (chest) and linebacker Chris Borland (hamstring) are expected to play Saturday. Starting center Dallas Lewallen (leg injury) is doubtful. Redshirt freshman Dan Voltz is expected to start.
BYU: Wide receiver JD Falslev (fractured hand) is out for three to four weeks. Linebacker Austen Jorgensen is undergoing season-ending knee surgery. Safety Daniel Sorensen (concussion) and cornerback Mike Hague (concussion) are expected to play.