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Wisconsin football will be missing key defensive piece against Ohio State

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The University of Wisconsin football team is 2-1 entering the Big Ten opener at Ohio State. Badgers players saw improvements after beating New Mexico State.

The University of Wisconsin's pass defense has looked stout through its first three games, but it will face a stiff test against a potent Ohio State offense without a key starter once again.

UW (2-1) listed fifth-year senior cornerback Alexander Smith as out for this week with a right leg injury. The California native has been battling a hamstring injury.

Ohio State (3-0), ranked No. 3 in the latest Associated Press poll, comes into this week's game averaging 47.7 points and 565.3 total yards per game (358.3 through the air).

Quarterback C.J. Stroud has completed 72.9% of his throws for 941 yards and 11 touchdowns with zero interceptions. 

UW looks to upset No. 3 Ohio State at 6:30 p.m. Saturday inside Ohio Stadium. Jim Leonhard's defense has allowed only 170 yards passing per game with one touchdown allowed to seven interceptions.

The Badgers designated Smith (right leg), tight end Cam Large (right leg), outside linebacker Aaron Witt (right leg), safety Hunter Wohler (left leg) and quarterback Chase Wolf (right leg) as out.

The program did not list redshirt freshman right tackle Riley Mahlman, wide receiver Stephan Bracey Jr. (right leg) or inside linebacker Spencer Lytle (left leg) on the preliminary injury report.

Mahlman suffered a left leg injury in the third quarter against Illinois State and did not return to the game. The former four-star recruit was not listed on the status report last week but has not played the last two weeks. 

Third-year sophomore Tanor Bortolini, who played in Saturday's win over New Mexico State, is now listed as second-team right guard behind Michael Furtney. UW did not list any other changes to the depth chart.


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