TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jonathan Taylor rushed for 135 yards and scored a career-best four touchdowns, helping No. 19 Wisconsin open the season with a nationally-televised 49-0 rout of South Florida. Taking up where he left off a year ago, when he lead the nation with 2,194 yards and 16 touchdowns, Taylor scored on runs of 37 and 38 yards. The junior running back also had the first two TD receptions of his career.
CHICAGO (AP) — Nicholas Castellanos hit a pair of two-run homers, José Quintana took a shutout into the sixth inning, and the Chicago Cubs cruised to their fourth straight win, 7-1 over Milwaukee Brewers. Castellanos, who went deep off Chase Anderson in each of his first two at-bats, has 11 homers in 27 games with the Cubs since arriving in a trade at the deadline from Detroit and is batting .357 with Chicago. Kyle Schwarber added his team-leading 32nd homer, and third in five games, in the eighth.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst likes the idea of a good early season test and expects the 19th-ranked Badgers to get one when they visit South Florida. The Badgers slipped to 8-5 last season, failing to win 10 or more games for the first time under Chryst. The Bulls hope to set the tone for a bounce-back year, too, after finishing last season on a six-game losing streak.
UNDATED (AP) — Football players often refer to their teammates as brothers. In the Big Ten, a lot of them truly are. There are more than two dozen sets of brothers playing in the conference this season. Nebraska twins Carlos and Khalil Davis, Michigan State’s Jacob and Mike Panasiuk and Northwestern’s Andy and Samdup Miller start together on their teams’ defensive lines. Landan and Levi Paulsen hold down the guard spots on Iowa’s offensive line. In all, there are brothers on 11 of the league’s 14 teams.