Date/Time - Saturday, October 29 at 6 p.m. CT
Stadium – Camp Randall Stadium (80,321/FieldTurf)
Television – ESPN (Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holy Rowe)
Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)
Series – Wisconsin leads 6-4 (Wisconsin leads 3-1 in Madison)
Last Meeting – Wisconsin won, 23-21, on Oct. 10, 2015 in Lincoln, Neb.
Wisconsin is 4-1 against Nebraska since the Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten.
The Badgers have outscored the Huskers 107-41 in the last two meetings in Madison.
The Badgers and Cornhuskers will play for the Freedom Trophy for the third time since its introduction in 2014. Wisconsin is 2-0 vs. Nebraska since the traveling trophy was added to the series.
The Freedom Trophy features a bronze football stadium with an American flag extending from the center. One half of the outside of the stadium depicts the north section of Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium (built in 1917) and the other half the east side of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium (1923). The stadium and flag sculpture sits on top of a wooden base that has dedicated space for future Wisconsin-Nebraska game scores.
Longtime friends Paul Chryst and Mike Riley have a 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 time as San Diego Chargers head coach (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
The Badgers have never faced five top-10 teams in a season. Wisconsin has previously faced four top-10 opponents in the same season four times: 1956, 1959, 1960 and 1961.
Eight offensive linemen played for UW in its last meeting with Nebraska at Camp Randall in 2014, paving the way for Melvin Gordon’s 408-yard performance. Just two years later, none remain on the roster. Sophomore Michael Deiter (20 games) is UW’s most experienced lineman.
Wisconsin’s defense has held opposing offenses to a 24.7 percent conversion rate on third downs, ranking No. 4 nationally. Four of UW’s seven opponents have converted 20.0 percent or worse on third down. UW limited Iowa to a 2-for-13 (15.4 percent) showing on third down last week.
A season after leading the nation in points allowed (13.7 per game), UW ranks No. 4 in the FBS in scoring defense at 14.3 points per game. The Badgers also rank 9th in total defense, allowing 300.6 yards per game.
Nebraska Notes to Consider
Nebraska is 7-0 for the first time since opening the 2001 season with an 11-0 mark. Nebraska is one of nine remaining undefeated teams in the FBS ranks, including seven in power five conferences.
Nebraska's 98 fourth-quarter points rank third nationally in points in the final quarter. The 13 points allowed are also third in the nation. The 85-point fourth-quarter advantage is the best in the nation in that category.
Nebraska averages 34:15 of time of possession to rank fourth in the Big Ten and 12th nationally in that category. Nebraska has won the TOP battle in all seven games, has possessed the ball for at least 35:00 three times in 2016 and run 63 more plays than the opposition.
Nebraska has limited five foes to 17 or fewer points. The last time NU had held five of its first seven opponents to 17 points or less was in 2009. Last season, Nebraska held just three opponents all season to less than 17 points.