Wisconsin vs. BYU, 9-16-2017 - Pick and Prediction
Written by: Brian Spaen
Wisconsin Badgers (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS)
vs BYU Cougars (1-2 SU, 0-3 ATS)
When: Saturday, Sep 16, 3:30 PM ET
Line: Wisconsin -13
TV/Live Stream: ABC, ESPN3, WatchESPN
BYU hosts one of the Big Ten’s top-tier programs, Wisconsin, on Saturday afternoon at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah. It’ll be an extremely tough matchup for the Cougars as they’ve looked incredibly dismal on the offensive end this season. The Badgers are coming off a solid defeat of Florida Atlantic, sending Lane Kiffin to an 0-2 start in his debut with the new program.
Badgers running back breaks out with over 200 yards, 3 scores
Wisconsin goes on their first road game of the season after easily taking down Utah State and Florida Atlantic so far this season. They had a 24-14 lead over the Owls at halftime and coasted to a victory. They limited their opponent to converting just 2-of-14 third-down attempts and 248 total yards. Two turnovers limited the Badgers from winning by a larger margin, but the biggest stories were dominating time of possession and running back Jonathan Taylor taking off
Taylor finished his day with a whopping 223 yards and 3 touchdowns on 26 carries. He kicked things off with his longest run, a 64-yard dash to the endzone, five minutes into the game. He had the first two touchdowns of the game and capped things off with the only score of the second half. The only negative on his day is giving up a fumble. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook ended his day completing 16-of-28 passes for 201 yards and had a touchdown and interception. Wide receiver Troy Fumagalli led the pack with 92 yards and a touchdown on 8 catches.
Cougars struggle once again on offense
BYU will have a lot of issues to work out this season as they fall to 1-2 on the year after dropping to Utah, 19-13. They were limited on offense once again, finishing with 233 total yards. Quarterback Tanner Magnum completed 21-of-39 passes for 170 yards and while he did convert on a touchdown, he was picked off three times. Trey Dye caught the touchdown and ended his day with 19 yards on 3 catches. Matt Bushman led the team with 50 yards on six catches. The running game got nowhere with 24 total attempts for 63 yards.
While the Cougars got back two turnovers and Utah was penalized 11 times, they weren’t able to capitalize on it. Instead, Utes QB Tyler Huntley crushed the BYU defense completing 27-of-36 passes for an even 300 yards. He wasn’t able to throw a touchdown, but he ran one into the endzone as he carried it 19 total times for an additional 89 yards. The rest of the scoring came on a slew of field goals, and they did it enough to get a victory on the road. As for BYU, they are now averaging just 11 points and 231.7 total yards in their first three games.
- 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against teams with a winning record
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games
This should be another low-scoring affair for the Cougars, but it won’t help. The Badgers have plenty of playmakers themselves, and if Utah’s QB can go off on BYU, so will Wisconsin’s talent pool.
Pick: Wisconsin -13
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