Badgers lose season opener against Alabama 35-17

This past Saturday, the former No. 20 Badgers (0-1) faced then No. 3 Alabama (1-0) where Alabama was favored to win.   The Badgers gave but fell short losing their season opener 35-17.  With the loss, the Badgers fell out of the AP Top 25 rankings and Alabama was able to take the No. 2 spot.  The Alabama defense was able to keep the Badgers to only 40 yards, their lowest since October 2012.  Wisconsin’s new starting running back Corey Clement was only able to get a  total of 16 yards.  His performance could have been hindered by an injury he had been facing during the week.  Joel Stave, who is the fifth most winningest quarterback for the Badgers with 21 wins, came in for his 29th start.  He was able to get the Badgers on the board with two touchdowns, but it still was not enough for the victory. Stave was able to complete 26 of 39 attempts according to the Associated Press. The Badgers faced a tough loss three plays into the game when top defender Michael Caputo sustained a head injury with a tackle.  Caputo was forced to sit out the rest of the game, but the outcome may have been different if he had not been injured early on.  According to the Associated Press, Caputo led the team in tackles in 2014 with 106. It was a tough loss for The Badgers against Alabama.  With a victory, Wisconsin could have made a statement going into the rest of season to possibly be considered a contender for the college football playoffs.  The Badgers plan to move forward as they face Miami Ohio (1-0) this Saturday at home.  Miami Ohio won 26-7 against Presbyterian in their season opener.

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