- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

Troy (1-1) at No. 24 Wisconsin (1-1), 3:30 p.m. (BTN)

Line: Wisconsin by 35½.

Series Record: First meeting.


Neal Brown won his first game as head coach last week when Troy defeated FCS member Charleston Southern. Beating Wisconsin on the road would be even more memorable. It’s also highly unlikely. The Badgers could use a tuneup for its running game, which had been missing injured starting RB Corey Clement (groin). It’s another chance for on-the-job training for the new guys on the right side of the offensive line, who are off to shaky starts.


Troy: QB Brandon Silvers has gone 29 straight quarters without throwing an interception, the longest such active streak in the country. He will be tested by an opportunistic Badgers defense featuring a veteran secondary that picked off three passes last week against Miami, Ohio.

Wisconsin: WR-S Tanner McEvoy. Coach Paul Chryst debuted “Two-Way Tanner” last week to smashing results. McEvoy, a 6-foot-6 former quarterback caught three passes for 29 yards, and added a 41-yard interception return. The senior has the athleticism to be a difference-maker especially on defense.


Brown is the second-youngest head coach in major college football after turning 35 on March 11. Only Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck is younger - he turns 35 on Nov. 29. … Trojans are 1-17 against ranked opponents since moving up the FBS level in 2001. The only win came on in 204 against No. 17 Missouri, 24-14 at Troy. … Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert has nine tackles for a loss in his last four games, dating back to last season. … Wisconsin junior WR Robert Wheelwright has three TD catches through the first two weeks after entering the season with three career receptions and one score.



AP college football website: collegefootball.ap.org

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