MADISON, Wis. — For the third consecutive week, BYU is facing a Power 5 opponent.

The Cougars were an 11.5-point underdog at Arizona in the opener but earned a 28-23 victory. BYU was a three-point favorite against Cal at home last week but fell, 21-18.

This time, the Cougars are taking on No. 6 Wisconsin, a team that just might end up in the College Football Playoff.

BYU is a 22-point underdog Saturday (1:30 p.m., MDT, ABC) at Camp Randall Stadium. But the Cougars are embracing the underdog role.

“We’re always underdogs and that’s something we love. Coach (Kalani) Sitake really emphasizes that BYU’s hard, our schedule’s hard,” said linebacker Zayne Anderson. “We’re going against the No. 6 team this week. But we’re really excited about it. We’re ready to bounce back from this loss (against Cal) and show everyone what we’re about.”

“It’s fun. We don’t back down from anybody,” said safety Austin Lee. “We’re excited to play the No. 6 team in the country. It makes you happy because you get to compete against the best and see where you’re at. We know we have a physical team. We’re confident with our scheme and our coaches. We’re going to go out and execute.”

Some may say that a team that is a big underdog has nothing to lose. Quarterbacks coach Aaron Roderick doesn’t see it that way.

“For me, I think the margin is so slim between teams at this level. The margin between a ranked team and us isn’t that much. Just like teams you may think we’re better than, they’re not that far behind us, either,” he said. “Every week at this level, you have to be ready and you always have a chance.

“If we go in there and take care of our issues, we’ll be in that game and have a chance …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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