Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Wisconsin Badgers
The Wisconsin Badgers and Nebraska Cornhuskers kick off their Big Ten schedules as they meet in Madison on Saturday Night. The Badgers are -9 point favorites over the Cornhuskers with an over/under point total set at 58.
The Wisconsin Badgers have started their season an impressive 4-0 and in the coming weeks we are going to find out if it has been a product of light scheduling or if we have a National Championship contender. QB Russell Wilson is making the most of his lone season at Wisky after transferring from North Carolina State. For the season Wilson has completed 75.8 percent of his passes for 1136 yards and 11 touchdowns and one interception. Of course Wilson has the benefit of an outstanding offensive line and a strong running game with Montee Ball rushing for 5.7 yards per carry with 360 yards and nine touchdowns and James White with a 6.7 yards per carry average for 304 yards and three touchdowns. When Wilson goes to the air Nick Toon has been his main target with 21 catches for 353 yards and five touchdowns while Jar Abbrederis has 15 catches and a score and Jacob Pedersen has 11 catches with four of them going for touchdowns. The Badgers have yet to fumble and they have recovered just one and have two interceptions defensively while sacking opposing QB’s 10 times. Chris Borland is Nebraska’s leading tackler with 35 followed by Mike Taylor with 30 and Marc Cromartie with 19. This will be the Badgers stiffest test thus far but they should be helped by what will be a raucous home crowd.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are gearing up for their first Big Ten game and while they have been a member of the conference for quite some time and have been playing football as a member of the conference for their first four games, this one makes if feel more official. QB Taylor Martinez appears to be healthy once again, something he battled most of last season but the question is more has he become an effective enough passer to get the Huskers to the top of the national rankings? Thus far Martinez has completed 50.6 percent of his passes for 647 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. There really isn’t any questioning Martinez’s running ability as he’s rushed for a 6.7 yards per carry average with 421 yards and seven touchdowns while Rex Burkhead has a 6.7 yards per carry average as well for 420 yards and seven touchdowns. Jamal Turner and Quincy Enuwa each have eight receptions to lead the Husker receiving corps. The Nebraska defense has recovered two fumbles and has four interceptions and has six QB sacks. Lavonte David is Nebraska’s leading tackler with 38 followed by Daimion Stafford 29 and Will Compton with 22. Nebraska has fumbled 13 times this season already, losing four, and if they don’t solve that issue in a hurry it will cost them in the big games.
Wisconsin is 8-0 against the spread following a cover, 7-0-1 against the spread in their last eight home games, and 10-0-1 against the spread in their last 11 games overall. Nebraska is 5-0 against the spread as an underdog, 2-5 against the spread following a win, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall.
This should be a good one and a great crowd for a college football game with the Badgers always getting a ton of support and no one travelling better than Husker Nation. While the Badgers haven’t made many mistakes thus far, they haven’t really been tested yet either and while the Huskers have battled putting the ball on the carpet, they should be able to keep this close if they hold onto the ball. This is a ton of points and tough not to take them but if Nebraska turns it over they will get steamrolled. I’ll hope the coaches have stressed this over and over again in practice this week.
Nebraska Cornhuskers +9 Wisconsin Badgers