Nebraska will travel to Wisconsin on Saturday for its second road test in three weeks against a nationally ranked opponent. Kickoff from Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday evening will be shortly after 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on BTN and can be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.
Nebraska heads to Wisconsin with an 0-4 record and an 0-2 mark in the Big Ten Conference. The Huskers fell to Purdue, 42-28, on Saturday in Lincoln despite a strong offensive effort. Nebraska gained 582 yards in the loss, with a balanced attack that featured 259 rushing yards and 323 yards through the air.
Wisconsin has captured the past two Big Ten West crowns and enters the matchup with a 3-1 record, including 1-0 in Big Ten play. Wisconsin is ranked No. 16 in this week’s AP poll and 12th in the coaches poll. The Badgers opened conference action on Sept. 22 with a hard-fought, 28-17, road win at Iowa, before having a bye last weekend.
The Badgers have their traditional power running game in full gear in 2018, averaging 266 yards per game on the ground to rank first in the Big Ten and eighth nationally. Wisconsin has also been tough on defense early in the season, allowing just 14.5 points per game.
Date/Time: October 6, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. CDT
Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI Capacity: 80,321
Surface: Field Turf
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Series Record: Wisconsin leads the all-time series 8-4.
TV: The game will be televised on BTN with Play-by-Play by Kevin Kugler, Analyst: Matt Millen and Sidelines: Rick Pizzo. It can be streamed on BTN2Go with a login from your cable, satellite, or streaming provider.
Radio: Look for your local radio station on the Huskers sports radio network. The audio can also be streamed live for free at huskers.com The crew will be: Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, and Ben MacLaughlin.
Weather: At kickoff it will be 57 degrees and cloudy with a 20% chance of rain and winds from the north-northeast at 6 mph.
Odds: Wisconsin is favored by 17-18.5 points.
Senior running back Devine Ozigbo averaged 10.0 yards per rush against Purdue last Saturday. Ozigbo rushed for a career-high 170 yards on 17 carries and had a pair of rushing touchdowns.
Sophomore receiver JD Spielman snagged 10 receptions against Purdue for the second double-figure reception game of his career. Spielman is one of only two Huskers with two double-digit reception games in their career, joining Marlon Lucky.
Head Coach Scott Frost on the similarities between Nebraska and Wisconsin.
“They play a defensive scheme that is similar to ours,” Frost said. “They’re odd against base. I think we will get some even, nickel, some schemes I think our guys are used to seeing. They look a lot like how Nebraska used to look and how we want to look in some ways. There are some things that I think will look familiar to the guys but it has to be a nameless faceless opponent each week. We are playing against our former selves we just have to be better than we have been.”
Coach Frost on what the team will focus on to control both sides of the ball at Wisconsin.
“We have to be efficient with the snaps,” Frost said. “You get in a game like that and your defense gets some snaps and it gets us the ball back that is when you have a chance. If we allow them just to march it down the field, and we don’t see the ball that’s the kind of game they want to be in and our defense has to up and do well and our offense has to be efficient.”
On the depth of the wide receivers and running backs.
“I think (Jaron) Woodyard has done some good things this week, his definitely taken some steps forward. We have to get [freshman wide-receiver] Andre Hunt back and healthy, he was starting to show progress. We are really thin at that position, we can’t keep those guys out there that long so we desperately need some of those guys to step up and be ready.”
On the running backs
“I think a couple of those guys had no choice but to step up because Devine (Ozigbo) practiced really well and it showed up in the game. How you practice on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday is going to determine how you play in the game. Devine took a couple steps forward and that is why we left him on the field the other day. If those guys want to be on the field, then they need to follow suit. I saw better play from those guys this week.”
“We are trying to preach team-first,” Frost said “and any time you’re a part of something that is bigger than just yourself it is special. I want the kids to feel that.”