Wisconsin Drops Home Game To BYU 24-21
Hope were high as fans filed into Camp Randall Saturday afternoon in Madison. Coming off two wins in a row, there was no reason to think that the game against BYU would be any different. Maybe that mindset was the Badgers downfall. The Cougars came into Wisconsin ready to play and ready to hand the Badgers their first loss of the season and a potential nail in the coffin when it comes to CFP hopes.
There are many areas to point to in which Wisconsin should have done better during the game. From quarterback Alex Hornibrook looking like a shell of himself with only 190 yards and no touchdowns. The scoring was up to the running game which Jonathan Taylor had nothing to do with. The star running back lead the way with 117 rushing yards, but nothing else. The defense did the best they could, but they ultimately could not stop BYU from marching up and down the field, allowing three touchdowns. The Badgers had a chance at the end to take the game into overtime, with veteran kicker Rafael Gaglionone missing a 42 yard field goal attempt, the loss was delivered.
As heartbreaking as this game was to watch, moving forward and accepting the consequences of this defeat will be harder. Dropping in the ranks from 6 in the nation to 18 will be a steep hill to climb if the badgers want to make it back into the top 10. It is clear to see that this loss to an non-ranked BYU at home has poured Wisconsin’s CFP hopes down the drain. Yes, there is a lot season left, but if we have learned anything from Ohio State’s loss to the Hawkeyes last season, the committee is not forgiving to early season slip ups. Unless the top teams in the nation decide to set their own season ablaze, winning outright will only get the Badgers so far.
With tougher teams to come, the Badgers must learn from this loss and become a better version of themselves. The nation knows that this team has what it takes to compete with the best of them, but BYU did just show that weaknesses exist and can be brought out by any team. With Iowa next week to begin conference play, Wisconsin does not have long to learn and grow from this loss. Also having to go to Michigan and Penn State shows that this schedule can still get the Badgers far if they win from now on. There is also no telling what will occur if they advance to the Big 10 Championship game. The Badgers should aim to still land in a big bowl game on New Year’s Day. Now anything can happen, but it might be safe to say that in order to make the CFP, a miracle Hail Mary has to take place, and unfortunately it is not Aaron Rodgers launching it up, its Alex Hornibrook.