|Published:||Sep 27, 2012 11:46 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 28, 2012 6:32 AM EDT|
Wisconsin (3-1) at No. 22 Nebraska (3-1), 8 p.m. (ABC)
Line: Nebraska by 12 1-2.
Series Record: Tied 3-3.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
If Nebraska hopes to win its first conference championship since 1999, beating the Badgers at home is almost a must. The schedule doesn't get any easier in October. Plus, the Huskers would love to avenge last year's 48-17 loss in Madison. Two-time defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin has been shaky so far, with three of its first four games decided by five points or less. The Badgers could use a big road victory to build confidence.
Nebraska running backs vs. Wisconsin's front seven. Rex Burkhead looked healthy against Idaho State after missing a couple games because of a knee injury. He gets lots of help from Ameer Abdullah and other young backs. The Huskers' running game is producing better than 300 yards a game. The strength of the Badgers' defense is up front. They're allowing only 81 yards on the ground.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wisconsin: QB Joel Stave is making his first start on the road. Night games at Memorial Stadium have been known to chew up and spit out first-timers.
Nebraska: DE Eric Martin has been a terror coming off the edge. If Stave is forced to throw, he better watch out. Martin has 3.5 sacks and six QB hurries in four games, and six of his seven tackles have been for losses.
FACTS & FIGURES
Each team will be dressed in alternate uniforms. The Huskers will be in red from head to toe with a black "N'' on the chest. The Huskers also will wear a black helmet with a red "N." Wisconsin will be in all-white with a red "W'' on the chest. The Badgers' helmets will be red with a white strip and white "W'' that harkens to the 1962 Big Ten championship team. ... Wisconsin RB Montee Ball, who sustained a head injury against UTEP last week, expects to play. He ran for 151 yards and four TDs against Nebraska last year. ... Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez's 180.9 passer rating is 10th in the country. His rating at home is 230.2. ... The Huskers have won the previous two meetings with Wisconsin in Lincoln, in 1965 and 1973. ... The Huskers have 12 scoring plays of 25 yards or longer.