The Badgers don’t look quite as formidable now as they did going into the season.
Wisconsin finds themselves with a 4-1 record, with the lone blemish coming at the hands of a salty Brigham Young team that found a way to match the Badgers physically. The Cougars used spread formations and even some jet sweeps to create just enough holes in the Badgers defense. The Badgers out-yarded BYU 394 to 311, but won 24-21 in the one measurement that counts: the scoreboard.
Two weeks ago, Iowa led the Badgers much of the evening until the Badgers scored twice in the final minute to win 28-17. A season opening 34-3 win over Western Kentucky followed by a 45-14 victory over New Mexico started a 3-1 month of September for the Badgers.
This season, sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor continues to be the primary weapon of Wisconsin’s offense. Taylor is averaging 157 yards per game and 6.2 yards per carry. Fumbles still are a problem for Taylor; after losing six last season, he’s lost two more in the first four games of 2018. Backup Bradrick Shaw is still recovering from his ACL injury last season; he’s listed as questionable for this week’s game. Senior Taiwan Deal has been Taylor’s primary backup thus far, averaging 5.8 yards per carry.