The Badgers still have hope of winning the B1G West division title if they continue to win and a certain team to the north and west loses, but their focus needs to be fully on the Huskers and not on what might happen in Iowa City.
Jonathan Taylor has had some luck against the Huskers in his career, as has every Wisconsin running back that has suited up since Nebraska joined the B1G but that’s neither here nor there, and he and the Badgers will be looking to control the clock against a Nebraska defense that can be worn down.
Here is what Wisconsin backs have done to Nebraska since the Huskers joined the Big Ten pic.twitter.com/TCrwctEDg8— Connor Happer (@ConnorHapper) November 13, 2019
Huskers fans, by all accounts, are extremely pessimistic about this game and are basically planning on drinking beers until they can’t feel feelings anymore. Badgers fans are extremely wary of this game since Wisconsin has already lost to Illinois on the road and Nebraska is probably (maybe?) more talented than the Illini.
This game has all the makings of one fanbase being REALLY upset. Fun!
How to watch/listen
TV: BTN, 11:00 a.m. CT, Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Rick Pizzo
Radio: Badger Sports Network (iHeartRadio), Satellite: Sirius 83 or XM 83, Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Patrick Herb
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Weather: Lincoln, Nebraska
Line: Wisconsin -14
Fun facts (according to the media guides)
- The Badgers own a six-game win streak over the Huskers, including victories in each of their last two trips to Lincoln (2015, 2017).
- The Badgers and Cornhuskers will play for the Freedom Trophy for the sixth time since its introduction in 2014. Wisconsin is 5-0 vs. Nebraska since the traveling trophy was added to the series.
- UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez is a 1969 graduate of Nebraska, where he was a three year letter-winner at linebacker from 1965-67 for Huskers coach Bob Devaney. Alvarez intercepted a pass in a 1966 game between the Huskers and Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium.
- Wisconsin sophomore NT Bryson Williams (out for the game) attended Southeast High School in Lincoln, Neb.
- Nebraska has zero Wisconsin natives on their roster.
- Reading through the “last time an individual” did something versus Nebraska on the ground is a veritable who’s who of Wisconsin running backs. Last RB to hit 200 yards? Jonathan Taylor (221), at Wisconsin (Oct. 6, 2018). Last RB to hit 300 yards? Melvin Gordon (408), at Wisconsin (Nov. 15, 2014). Last RB to hit 400 yards? See previous answer. Last 70-yard rush or 80-yard rush? Jonathan Taylor (88, TD), at Wisconsin (Oct. 6, 2018).