Well is anyone feeling good about Nebraska's chances heading to Madison?
Lot's of people questioning what caliber team Nebraska has. Are we deserving the top 10 ranking? I'm going to go on record saying that Nebraska has almost no shot against the Badgers. The only knock on Wisconsin is they haven't played much of any competition, not that Nebraska has played a murders row of teams, and Wisconsin has been putting lesser teams away while Nebraska allows them to hang around.
But Nebraska is 4-0 the offense looks improved, and maybe the Pelini bros have something defensively up their sleeve? Nebraska may have a speed advantage over Wisconsin as well.
Most of the links look towards next week where Nebraska starts Big 10 play.
It's official: ESPN "College GameDay" will be in Madison, Wis., this week for the Nebraska-Wisconsin game.
Sorta a big game if you didn't know.
Why do I feel that they are a whole lot better than 1 spot than Nebraska?
If you wanted to compare strength of schedules. Nebraska at #69, Wisconsin at #148.
More breakdowns and looks at next week after the jump.
Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead: Burkhead has been the steadying force for Nebraska's offense this season. After a solid performance last week against Washington, Burkhead went off against Wyoming for 170 rush yards and two touchdowns on only 15 carries in a 38-14 victory. Along with QB Taylor Martinez, Burkhead sparks Nebraska's potent rushing attack.
They call him the white stallion in the locker room. We need to promote this.
Bielema will have plenty of ammo. His Badgers are 4-0, but they come with a slight disclaimer: they've whipped up on UNLV, Oregon State, Northern Illinois and South Dakota, the latter an FCS school. The combined record of their FBS foes is 3-8. The flip side is that Wisconsin has taken care of business. The Badgers outscored the four 194-34. With senior transfer quarterback Russell Wilson fitting right in, and senior receiver Nick Toon strutting his stuff, the Badgers have an offense that looks terrifyingly balanced: 802 yards passing and 715 on the ground in four games.
What are the chances he runs up the score if he gets the chance?
Pelini wanted Wyoming to take some lumps going against Corey Cooper, Daimion Stafford and Alfonzo Dennard in its passing game. Cooper was given a surprise first career start at cornerback in place of Ciante Evans. Stafford slid down from safety to the nickel role for the first time. And Dennard came back and bumped Andrew Green from the lineup.
Anyone a little concerned that the coaches are still moving people around?
Nebraska may still win a weak Legends Division playing like it did in September. But for this program to take the next step — to win a Big Ten title or receive a BCS at-large bid — what we've seen isn't gonna fly.
Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard played in his first game of the season after pulling a muscle in his right leg in mid-August. He sat out most of the second half, finishing with four solo tackles.
Sounds like he felt ok after the game.
Wisconsin plays solid defense. The Badgers aren't particularly fast or explosive on that side of the ball, a factor that works in Nebraska's favor. The Husker offense will have a speed advantage. But NU could negate that edge with sloppy mistakes.
Husker speed vs Badger power? Kinda a reversal of what Nebraska fans are used to
OVERALL (B) Nebraska's edge in speed and strength was evident early, and that's why the Huskers won this game. It certainly wasn't because of clean play. Most concerning were errant passes and sloppy ball-handling. But Nebraska escaped its trap game without too much concern.
Oh yeah that was a trap game.
So in that light, perhaps it's not a surprise that Nebraska still looks a little disjointed. Nebraska's playing a lot of young players, especially in the secondary which is probably leading to some of the issues we've seen. That being said, it's time to get real. Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Michigan State are all on the schedule next month. Up to now, you could excuse these problems. Starting next Saturday night, it's time to stop making excuses and start executing.