While nothing has been confirmed by BYU, Cougars starting quarterback Tanner Mangum, above, might not play Saturday after suffering an ankle injury last week against Utah. If Mangum can’t play, the starting job will go to redshirt sophomore Beau Hoge, who played in three games as a freshman in 2015. It could be a big blow for BYU, as its offense has struggled mightily over its first three games even with its top quarterback available. After starting the season with an underwhelming 20-6 win over FCS opponent Portland State, BYU was shut out by LSU 27-0 and fell behind 16-0 in its 19-13 loss to Utah. The Cougars rank 125th out of 130 FBS teams in both total offense and scoring offense, and they are outside the top 100 in both rushing and passing offense. It could be another brutal day against UW, which has boasted one of the top defenses in the country the past two seasons. The Badgers allowed a couple of uncharacteristically long passes against Florida Atlantic last week, but two of the three touchdowns they’ve given up this year came on drives that began inside UW’s 30-yard line.
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