Nate M’s Quick Thoughts: This is the most vulnerable Wisconsin has been in nearly a decade. Unfortunately, Nebraska is likely even more vulnerable as they simply cannot help themselves from turning the ball over. Right now Wisconsin’s stud running back Braelon Allen is a game-time decision. Losing him would be a big boon for Nebraska.
I feel like Nebraska’s defense will do what it is supposed to do. The game will come down to Nebraska taking care of the ball.
Vegas Prediction: Wisconsin favored by 4.5
Wisconsin Season Record: 5-5
Nate M’s Prediction: Nebraska 17 - Wisconsin 6
Location: Camp Randall, Madison, WI
Time: 6:30 p.m. Central
TV Broadcast Info:
Radio Broadcast Info: Husker Radio Network (Greg Sharpe, Damon Benning and Jessica Coody)
Internet Radio: Huskers.com
Nebraska-Wisconsin Series History:
Nebraska and Wisconsin will meet for the 17th time on Saturday and the eighth time at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin holds a 12-4 edge in the series, and has won nine straight games.
• Nebraska and Wisconsin have played 11 games since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, including the Huskers’ first-ever Big Ten game at Wisconsin on Oct. 1, 2011.
• The schools met twice in 2012, including the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. Nebraska and Wisconsin did not play in 2013 when they were in opposite divisions, and the 2020 game was canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Saturday’s game will mark the fourth time in 17 meetings that neither team has been ranked. NU has been ranked in nine of 16 games and the Badgers have been ranked in seven of the contests.
• NU played Wisconsin five times prior to joining the Big Ten, including four times between 1965 and 1974.
Matchup from Huskers Game Notes:
Nebraska completes its 2023 road schedule on Saturday night when the Huskers travel to Madison to take on the Wisconsin Badgers. The matchup between Big Ten West foes is set for 6:30 p.m. at UW’s Camp Randall Stadium. NBC will provide the television coverage and the game can be heard on the Huskers Radio Network, the official Huskers App and Huskers.com.
Both teams are looking to clinch a postseason berth as Nebraska and Wisconsin battle for the Freedom Trophy that was established in 2014. The teams enter the contest with matching 5-5 overall records, including 3-4 marks in Big Ten Conference play, and are in search of a sixth win to clinch bowl eligibility.
Nebraska is coming off a heart-breaking 13-10 loss to Maryland on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, as the Terrapins kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired. The game was a defensive and field position struggle, with the two defenses combining for eight takeaways in the contest.
The Husker defense was strong once again, holding the high-powered Maryland offense scoreless in the first quarter and limiting the Terrapins to just one touchdown. Offensively, Nebraska played three quarterbacks in the game and produced 183 rushing yards, but could not overcome five turnovers.
Wisconsin heads into the matchup coming off a 24-10 loss to Northwestern on Saturday in Madison.
The setback was the third straight for the Badgers after opening the season with a 5-2 record under first-year Head Coach Luke Fickell. Wisconsin has a balanced offensive attack, gaining 154.3 yards per game on the ground while throwing for 217.8 yards per contest. The Badgers’ defense is once again strong, allowing just 333.1 yards and 19.6 points per contest.