BadgerNation predicts the outcome for Wisconsin's Big Ten road game vs. Nebraska

BadgerNation looks at the matchup between Wisconsin and Nebraska at Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Wisconsin (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten) vs. Nebraska (2-3, 0-1 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Saturday, October 10 at 2:30 p.m. CT

Stadium – Memorial Stadium (86,047/FieldTurf)

Television – ABC/ESPN2 (Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan)

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

Series – Wisconsin leads 5-4 (Nebraska leads 3-0 in Lincoln)

Last Meeting - Wisconsin won, 59-24, on November 15, 2014 at Madison

Series Notes

This will be the second meeting between the two schools with the Freedom Trophy on the line.

Wisconsin is 3-1 against Nebraska since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011.

Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst and Nebraska’s Mike Riley will face off as head coaches for the first time Saturday. The longtime friends have a long professional history that dates back to Riley hiring Chryst for his first coaching job with the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football in 1991. The pair also worked together during Riley’s stint as head coach of the San Diego Chargers (Chryst was his tight ends coach from 1999-2001), and on two occasions when Riley was head coach at Oregon State, from 1997-98 and again from 2003-04.

UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez is a 1969 graduate of Nebraska, where he played linebacker from 1965-67.  Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst worked under Alvarez in administration at Wisconsin from 2006-11, including as Deputy Athletic Director from 2009-11. He is a native of Lone Rock, Wis.  

Wisconsin offensive coordinator/assistant head coach Joe Rudolph served as tight ends coach at Nebraska in 2007. UW wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore served in the same capacity at Nebraska from 2005-10.

Wisconsin Notes to Consider

Wisconsin has allowed opponents to reach the red zone just nine times in five games, ranking the Badgers in a tie for No. 7 nationally in fewest opponent red-zone chances. Duke leads the nation with five.

After giving up 238 rushing yards to Alabama in its season opener Sept. 5, Wisconsin has surrendered an average of 58.5 yards over its last four games.

Iowa’s Jordan Canzeri finshed with 125 rushing yards on Oct. 3, becoming just the eighth player to rush for 100 yards vs. the Badgers in 32 games under defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. Offensively, Wisconsin has produced 36 100-yard rushing performances in that time span.

The Badgers are allowing an average of just 16.8 yards per kickoff return. UW ranks 10th nationally and No. 3 in the Big Ten (Rutgers, 16.1; Ohio State, 16.3) among teams that have faced at least 15 opponent kickoff returns. Wisconsin allowed an average of 19.0 yards per return last season.

Nebraska Notes to Consider

The Huskers own a 12-4 record against Big Ten opponents at Memorial Stadium since joining the conference, including a win over the Badgers in 2012.

Three of Nebraska’s losses have come in the final 10 seconds, including a Hail Mary loss to BYU in the season opener and an overtime loss at Miami.

Injuries have forced NU to use 19 different starters on defense alone through five games.

Junior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. is in his third season guiding the NU offense. He has an 18-8 record as the starter, including starting the past 19 games.

Worgull's Predictions

Straight up: 4-1

Against the Spread: 4-1

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