Ahead of the season, Nebraska was a trendy pick to win the Big Ten West. Early in the year, Wisconsin looked like the division’s dominant program.
Now, both teams have something to prove in Lincoln this weekend. The Huskers need at least one big upset in the final three weeks to claw back to bowl eligibility.
Wisconsin has fallen off over the last few weeks. The Badgers peaked with a dominant win over Michigan, but back-to-back losses to Illinois and Ohio State have pulled the team back to earth a bit.
Throw in Minnesota’s impressive 9-0 start, and the division race has gone much differently than anyone outside of the Twin Cities probably expected.
After getting bye Iowa last week, Wisconsin gets Minnesota to end the season on Nov. 30. The Badgers will need some help in order to make that a de facto Big Ten West title game, but first they need to avoid the upset from Scott Frost’s Huskers.
This is the time of year when seasons are defined.
When games are decided by toughness, strength of character and force of will.
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) November 15, 2019
More on Saturday afternoon’s game:
Game Time: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET
Channel: Big Ten Network
Spread: Wisconsin -14.5
Announcers: Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Rick Pizzo
Nebraska and Wisconsin have only faced off 13 times during the programs’ history, with five coming before the Huskers’ move from the Big 12 to the Big Ten. Even with that relatively brief history, like so many annual Big Ten games, this one has a trophy attached: the Freedom Trophy.
Nebraska won three of the five games before the teams were conferencemates, scoring victories in 1965, 1966, and 1973. Since realignment, Wisconsin has won seven of eight matchups within the Big Ten, and is currently riding a six-game winning streak.
Even with their recent struggles, the Badgers are big road favorites here. Jonathan Taylor and the Badgers’ vaunted rushing attack should have a very productive day down at Memorial Stadium.
Should the Huskers lose, they will need to beat Maryland and Iowa to end the season to get to 6-6 and clinch bowl eligibility.