Tom Dienhart of the Big Ten Network delivered the Week 3 primer, and the matchup between the BYU Cougars and the Wisconsin Badgers is ranked as the best game.
"The Badgers are looking good coming off easy home wins vs. Utah State and Florida Atlantic. Still, the Cougars could be a difficult out, especially at home," Dienhart wrote. "But BYU has struggled out of the gate, going 1-2. The Cougars have lost two in a row, getting shut out in New Orleans by LSU (27-0) and falling at home to Utah (19-13) last week. The offense isn’t clicking, having notched just 33 points in three games."
Plenty of other outlets are also looking at the game between the Cougars and Badgers, including Lindy's Sports that pointed out some players to watch and keys to the game.
Some of its players to watch for Wisconsin are running back Jonathan Taylor and quarterback Alex Hornibrook. For the Cougars, they spotlighted Corbin Kaufusi, Fred Warner and Matt Bushman.
Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also looked at the matchup where he broke down the Cougars on offense, defense and special teams.
While talking about the offense, he wrote, "The brutal numbers tell the story of how Ty Detmer’s unit has struggled. Points per game: 11.0. Total yards per game: 231.7. Rushing yards per game: 76.3. First downs per game: 10.7."
He then points to why the Cougars have struggled so much in the early season, saying, "The lack of a running game and new receivers has placed a strain on quarterback Tanner Mangum, who has completed only 54.4% of his passes and has more interceptions (four) than touchdowns (two)."17 comments on this story
Potrykus had a much more positive take on the defense for the Cougars through three games, saying, "BYU’s defense, which generally features an odd-man front, has been stout, particularly when you consider when opponents have had the ball an average of 9 minutes, 48 seconds longer than the Cougars."
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Eric Single of Sports Illustrated gave his latest Bowl Projections and one team was noticeably absent — the BYU Cougars.
Missing a bowl game would be a monumental setback for the Cougars who have made a postseason appearance 12 years in a row.
As for the Utah Utes, Single has them going to the Cactus Bowl to square off with Texas Tech.