Nebraska opens its Big Ten Conference home slate on Saturday afternoon when the Huskers welcome Wisconsin to Memorial Stadium. Kickoff in front of the 344th consecutive sellout in Lincoln is set for 2:30 p.m. (CT) with the game televised nationally on ABC and ESPN2 in outer markets.
The Huskers enter the game with a 2-3 record following a 14-13 loss at Illinois on Saturday. Nebraska continues to drop heartbreaking losses in 2015, with three losses in the final seconds or overtime on the opponent's final offensvie play.
Wisconsin comes into the game with a 3-2 record after a 10-6 loss to Iowa on Saturday in its Big Ten opener in Madison. The Badgers had won three straight games since losing to Alabama in the season opener. Wisconsin has been especially impressive on defense, allowing just 278 yards per game, and holding its past four opponents to a combined 13 points.
The Freedom Trophy will be on the line in Saturday's game.
For more on this matchup, check out Husker Mike’s review and Brian’s Q&A.
Date/Time: October 10, 2015, 2:30 p.m. CDT
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE. Capacity: 86,047
Surface: Field Turf
Series Record: Saturday's matchup between Nebraska and Wisconsin will be the 10th all-time matchup between the schools. It marks the fifth time the teams have met as Big Ten Conference opponents. Wisconsin currently holds a 5-4 advantage in the series. The first meeting between these teams was in 1901 which ended in an 18-0 Wisconsin win. The second meeting in 1965 (Bob Devaney) was the largest Nebraska margin of victory at 37-0.
TV: ABC/ESPN2. Adam Amin, Play-by-Play; Kelly Stouffer, Analyst; Olivia Harlan, Sidelines. With a login from your TV provider, you can view the game on WatchESPN. In a few select markets, you may also be able to live stream at WatchABC. In the coverage map below, red areas will get the game on ABC and white areas will get it on ESPN2.
Radio: Huskers sports radio network with Greg Sharpe, Play-by-Play, Matt Davison, Analyst, Steve Taylor Sideline and Lane Grindle. The audio can also be streamed through the Huskers app or searching for the HSN on TuneIn. National Simulcast on Sirius: 81 • XM: 81
Weather: It will be a beautiful, sunny day for football. The temperature at kickoff is expected to be 77 degrees. There is currently 0% chance of precipitation. The wind will be from the south-southwest at 16-17 mph.
Odds: Nebraska is favored by 1 or 1.5 points depending on which source you use.
Special Events: A few former Huskers will be honored for their accomplishments.
Coach Riley, on Wisconsin:
"This is a good team, defensively they’re good. They run out of the 3-4, they’ll get into a four-man front. (Joe Schobert) is a special force off the edge. He has nine sacks (on the season, which leads the nation). He’s a special player that you have to make note of. He’s caused problems in every game. As a matter of fact, I don’t know the exact stat on this, but when Alabama got to third down, they would run the ball most of the time (against Wisconsin on Sept. 5). It was interesting. This is a good defense. (Vince Biegel) on the other side is a good player. Their secondary is good, their corners I think are all-conference players. They have nice variety with what they do, whether they’re playing in their quarters coverage or man-to-man. They have their zone blitzes mixed into that stuff. Their special teams are disciplined and well-coached, and they actually use a spread punt formation, which is the old gunners and wings, which is actually kind of nice to see; they still use that. Offensively, they shift and move people, try to gain an advantage on the edge, a lot of zone running up front, whether it’s an outside zone or an inside zone. They’re also a power team and a sweep team, where they’ll pin and pull people and get to the outside. They use two different tailbacks, I think (Taiwain Deal) is a bigger one (6’1", 220 lbs). They’re obviously a good running team with a variety of stuff that they do and the quarterback (Joel Stave) is operating at high-efficiency. This is a good football team, we’ll have to play really well to beat them."