Wisconsin vs Nebraska
When: Saturday September 29, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Memorial Stadium
What’s lost while watching the anemic Wisconsin offense is that the defense is still very stout. They would be even better in the minds of the fans if the offense showed the same productivity as last year. Nebraska is looking to claim some revenge against the Badgers after taking the woodshed beating in last years inaugural Big Ten contest. The first 25 minutes was setting up for a great classic match up of future rivals. This is the Huskers first game since the announcement of Athletic Director, Tom Osborne’s retirement, effective January 1st.
After leaving last Saturday’s game against UTEP with a head injury, Montee Ball is cleared to participate in the marquee match up Saturday night. Wisconsin’s offense finally started to break out in the 2nd half of the fourth game, and they will be looking to keep the momentum going. They may have to produce at a high rate in order to keep pace with the Huskers.
Defensively, Wisconsin has to prepare for the highest scoring offense in the Big Ten. The Badgers need to contain the speed and power of the running game, which is pacing Nebraska’s offensive attack.
The Big red machine had one set back in an exciting game versus UCLA. Now with Rex Burkhead back in the starting lineup, Nebraska poses a great 1-2 punch with Sophomore Ameer Abdullah. They are capable of making big momentum changing plays. Quarterback Taylor Martinez, has elevated his passing ability to just over 70 percent, and 9 touchdowns so far.
The Cornhuskers have had major problems with mobile quarterbacks, but tend to do well with pocket passers. They must be physical at the point of attack, and tackle the ball carrier collectively. Wisconsin hasn’t displayed a strong offense as of yet, so it would be in the Husker’s best interest to shut them down early. Don’t let the Badgers gain confidence.
There will be a lot of red in the stadium, and some awesomely new uniforms for the game. If Nebraska scores early, and often, Wisconsin will be hard pressed to keep up. If Wisconsin can maintain contact with the Huskers, and keep them behind down and distance, they will make Taylor prove he can beat a Big Ten conference defense with his passing.
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