Wisconsin Falls to BYU at Home, Capping Rough Afternoon for the Big Ten

By 11W Staff on September 15, 2018 at 7:18 pm
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The Big Ten entered the 2018 season with five legitimate College Football Playoff contenders, but through the afternoon stretch of Week 3, it looks like the league is down to two. 

Michigan State and Michigan look more like pretenders than contenders, and Wisconsin joined the group on Saturday afternoon when it fell 24-21 to (23.5-point underdog) BYU at home.

The Badgers had driven into field goal range with under a minute to go in the fourth quarter, but kicker Rafael Gaglianone missed wide left on a 42-yard field goal attempt that could've tied the game.

That leaves Ohio State and Penn State as the only ranked undefeated Big Ten teams.

It was the lowlight for a rough day in the Big Ten.

Rutgers is of course Rutgers, but the Scarlet Knights got their doors blown off in a 55-14 rout by Kansas, which is Kansas. Temple got its first win of the season by easily dispatching Maryland 35-14. Then there's Nebraska, which was supposed to challenge Wisconsin for the Big Ten West Division crown, losing 24-19 to Troy at home despite only giving up 253 yards of total offense.

Even Michigan, despite an impressive looking 45-20 final score, struggled against SMU. 

The league now turns to Purdue and Ohio State, which have notable primetime games to close out the week. The Boilermakers host 2-0 Missouri while the Buckeyes take on No. 15 TCU in Dallas.

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