Prediction: No.20 Wisconsin vs. No.3 Alabama

BadgerNation looks at the matchup between No.20 Wisconsin and No.3 Alabama at AT&T Stadium tonight.

No.20 Wisconsin (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. No.3 Alabama (0-0, 0-0 SEC West)

Date/Time - Saturday, September 5 at 7:14 p.m. CT

Stadium –AT&T Stadium (80,000/FieldTurf)

Television –ABC (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)

Series –Wisconsin leads 1-0 (First meeting in neutral site)

Last Meeting - Wisconsin won, 15-0, on November 3, 1928 in Madison

Series Notes

Wisconsin has won three of its last five meetings with teams ranked in the top five of the AP poll.

Wisconsin is 5-4-1 against teams currently in the SEC West, including going 1-1 last season. The Badgers are 9-11-1 overall against teams currently in the conference but only 1-4-1 in the regular season.

Saturday marks the 22nd time in the modern era (since 1946) that Wisconsin has opened a season against a non-conference opponent currently affiliated with one of the power five conferences. UW is 10-10-1 in such games.

Wisconsin Note to Consider

UW opponents rushed 75 times on third down for a total of 40 net yards last season (0.53 yards per attempt). Only Clemson (0.38) and Michigan (0.38) held opponent to a lower rushing average.

Alabama Note to Consider

Under head coach Nick Saban, Alabama has played in five season-opening games inside a domed stadium. The Crimson Tide are 5-0 and have outscored its opponents 177-81 in those games. One of those openers was in 2012 at AT&T Stadium, beating then-No.8 Michigan 41-14.

Key Matchup


Worgull's 2014 Predictions

Straight up: 10-4

Against the Spread: 6-7

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