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ESPN Names The Worst Loss Of The College Football Season

Wisconsin's players pray in a circle ahead of a game.

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: (L-R) Chikwe Obasih #34, Leo Musso#19, Garret Dooley #55, Joe Ferguson #36, Derek Straus #26 and Austin Ramesh #20 of the Wisconsin Badgers huddle up with teammates at mid-field after defeating the Troy Trojans 28-3 in the college football game at Camp Randall Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

We're now three full weeks into the 2018 college football season, and like every September, there have been some pretty brutal losses already.

ESPN decided to rank the worst losses of the college football season so far. A clear No. 1 stands out.

The worst loss of the season to date happened this past Saturday in Madison, Wisc.


1. BYU 24, Wisconsin 21

It was the biggest upset of the season to date, and now Wisconsin likely has to win out and win the Big Ten championship to be taken seriously as a playoff contender both nationally and by the selection committee. The loss was even more devastating because it was a home game, and it's not like Wisconsin has another marquee nonconference matchup to help compensate for it. With wins over Western Kentucky and New Mexico, the Badgers' nonconference résumé is full. Wisconsin's remaining strength of schedule rank is No. 51, according to FPI.

Wisconsin was ranked No. 6 in the country at the time of the loss. The Badgers entered the season with College Football Playoff aspirations, and while they can still win the Big Ten and make it, there are serious doubts moving forward after the loss to BYU.

The full list can be seen here.