BYU football: Cougar offense expected to be tested by Wisconsin's physical, stingy defense

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  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Nov. 8, 2013 4:50 p.m.

    Gonna have to play extremely well to win this one.

    Big stage. Ranked program with national recognition. We're firing on all cylinders.

    I like our chances,.


  • bigpunisher303 Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 8, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    This idea of Anderson knowing BYU's offense is laughable. He hasn't been very successful "knowing" this BYU offense. See previous stats! Besides, he hasn't faced this new offense. The key is the OL for BYU on offense. If they can't block...we're doomed.

    May the better team win! Hopefully it's the Cougars of course.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Nov. 8, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    I'll take the 9 points and BYU.

    As for Andersen knowing BYU's offense ... this is not a BYU offense he has ever seen before.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    Nov. 8, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    In the words of one of the other commenters, "I'm not a pessimist, I am an experienced optimist."
    There are just too many reasons BYU will lose this one. The D-line will hold their own against Wisconsins offense at first. But when our offense runs a string of 3 and outs, our defense will start wearing down. I'm worried our o-line will get dominated and Hill will be spending a lot of time on his back. BYU will have to play pretty flawless and create turnovers to pull this one out. Capitalizing on those turnovers and scoring from the red zone are something BYU hasn't done very well all year.
    BYU can win this, but not likely. I think Wisconsin will beat the 9 point spread. I truly hope I'm wrong.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2013 12:49 a.m.

    @ Zoomie01

    Blaming the refs already? My goodness

    Nov. 7, 2013 11:39 p.m.

    If you just look at numbers Wisconsin is ranked 6th by Sagarin while BYU is ranked 24th. Most predictions I've read have BYU losing by more than one touchdown and Wisconsin is definitely tough at home. Coach Anderson having played the Cougars for years will know how to prepare Wisconsin.

    But, I like BYU's improvement and numbers alone are not enough to predict games. Here's hoping BYU comes out hot and pulls off the upset, go Cougars!

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Nov. 7, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    Sorry fellow Cougs fans, but, unfortunately, I don't even think this game will be close. Wisconsin's defense is so much stronger than our Coug's and look at the teams Wisconsin plays week in and week out. This could be a laugher of a game. Just trying to keep it real. I predict: Wisconsin 27 BYU 10

  • Zoomie01 Lehi, UT
    Nov. 7, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    BYU will struggle against an equal foe on it's turf, the crowd, and Big 10 officiating...they're behind the 8-ball already. They'll have to play lights-out to overcome. No outside-conference team walks into a Big 10 stadium, especially Camp Randle, and expects a fair won't happen. BYU needs to score often and roll up a big score. The Big 10 will show no mercy on them. They won't win a close game.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Nov. 7, 2013 1:00 p.m.


    Thank you for statistically proving that this is a great year to have Wisconsin on the schedule.


    As it turned out, a great year to have Texas on the schedule as well.

    On Saturday, BYU will deliver a pounding which is expected/anticipated in the BIG 10, as well as receive a pounding the effects which could last for weeks.

    However, BYU will have two weeks to recover from Wisconsin before they play their next competitive game.

    Unlike Texas, who has little respect for any opponents, Coach Anderson will have his teams undivided attention. He knows exactly what kind of offense and defense will be coming on Saturday.

    BYU has an excellent chance to come away with a victory...

    It won't be nearly as easy as the UT win, but it will be a nice get if it happens.

  • evansrichdm west jordan , UT
    Nov. 7, 2013 11:16 a.m.


    Stop it you are getting my hopes up to much.

    If BYU wins this one it will be big until numbers and compared and they we will hear the same old same old their not a really good team like we did with TX.

  • LEDSFW Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 7, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    Can we keep Wisconsin's #6 Defense in perspective. Wisconsin lost to Arizona State (Offense ranked #10) and Ohio State (Offense Ranked #8). Wisconsin defeated 6 teams whose Offenses ranked as follows: #69 Illinois, #73 Northwestern, #81 Iowa, #119 UMass, #120 Purdue and #235 Tennessee Tech. Can I just say that if BYU faced offenses that BAD it would look pretty darn good too.

    By the way, Wisconsin's Offense has faced the following defenses: #9 OSU, #13 Iowa, #18 ASU, (but they lost to OSU and ASU, and Iowa had the #81 Offense - not much of a challenge for the Wisconsin Defense). The rest of Wisconsin's opponent defenses rank as follows: #80 Northwestern, #87 Purdue, #104 UMass, #105 Illinois, #205 Tennessee Tech (not exactly Murderer's Row in terms of stout defenses.

    BYU's opponents rank on average about 30 spots higher overall, but BYU has faced some below average defenses as well. Virginia, Boise, Houston and MTSU are in the 80-95 range. But BYU has also faced and handily defeated #14 Georgia Tech and #16 Utah State.

    Just food for thought.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Nov. 7, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    On the flip side - Wisconsin will be in for a physical challenge from BYU. I have no doubt the Cougars can win this one.

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Nov. 7, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    The Cougars need to play the 2nd half like they play the first and never let up. If they don't, it's going to be a long day against the Badgers! Can't wait to see the game!

    Go Cougars!

  • Frozen Chosen Savage, MN
    Nov. 7, 2013 6:35 a.m.

    BYU has to get creative on offense to win this one. If Anae calls his predictable run on 1st down, run on 2nd, pass on 3rd and long BYU will lose. I just hope he has more creativity than he has shown thus far.

    The Badgers will flat out wear BYU's defense down if they let them grind it out on the ground. BYU's lack of depth on defense is definitely a cause for concern. The offense must extend drives to get the D some rest.

    I will be there Saturday - can't wait!