Nebraska Cornhuskers at Wisconsin Badgers Game Day

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    Two ranked teams meet on the football field this week as the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Wisconsin Badgers play this Saturday.
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    Nebraska +6

    Wisconsin-Nebraska gets a 2:30 p.m. CT start time in front of a national audience on ABC.


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    The status of Ameer Abdullah grew murkier on Monday as Nebraska coach Bo Pelini answered questions about the star running back without the assured nature present in his remarks last week.

    Abdullah, the nation’s No. 3 rusher with 1,250 yards, did not practice during the Huskers’ bye week after their Nov. 1 win over Purdue in which he suffered an MCL sprain to his left knee. He was mentioned as a leading Heisman Trophy candidate before the injury limited him to 1 yard on six carries against the Boilermakers.

    The Huskers (No. 11 AP, No. 13 CFP) visit Wisconsin (No. 22 AP, No. 25 CFP) on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

    “I’m not a doctor,” Pelini said Monday of Abdullah. “I don’t know how it’s going to play out.”

    Pelini said last week he expected Abdullah to return to 100 percent health against the Badgers and that the injury was minor in severity.

    The coach on Monday reiterated, though without the qualifiers, that he expects Abdullah to play in Madison.

    “We’ll see on Saturday,” he said.

    Nebraska struggled offensively against Purdue without Abdullah. He was hurt on the Huskers’ second series while diving for the goal line after he recovered a fumbled snap by quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr.

    The Huskers gained a season-low 297 yards in the 35-14 win. Backups Imani Cross and Terrell Newby rushed 29 times for 108 yards in Abdullah’s absence.

    Armstrong also provided a spark on the ground, rushing for 70 yards, but the sophomore QB fought inconsistency overall in throwing a pair of interceptions.

    Pelini said he did not believe Armstrong would face more pressure as a result of Abdullah’s uncertain status.

    “That doesn’t change Tommy at all,” Pelini said. “Regardless of who’s back there, Tommy has tremendous confidence in himself. It’s not like Ameer’s the only running back we have. He’s a great player, and obviously we want a great player, but we’ve got some other pretty capable running backs.”


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    Nebraska heads into its most important game to date facing two obstacles.

    The first is 22nd-ranked Wisconsin, which is in a three-way tie with the Cornhuskers and Minnesota atop the Big Ten West.

    The second is a maddening history of struggling on the road against ranked opponents under coach Bo Pelini.

    The No. 11 Cornhuskers (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) have lost four of their last five on the road against Top 25 teams. Since Pelini took over in 2008, the Huskers are 3-8 in those games.

    ”It’s hard to win on the road against good football teams and tough environments,” Pelini said Monday. ”I know that those last five games won’t have anything to do with what happens Saturday. The team that executes the best is going to win.”

    In its only Top 25 road game this season, Nebraska was down 24 points in the fourth quarter to Michigan State before closing to within 27-22. Each of the Huskers’ previous three Top 25 road losses was by at least 25 points. The one win in that five-game stretch was 17-14 at Penn State in 2011.

    Overall Nebraska is 21-10 on the road under Pelini, a .677 winning percentage that’s 11th-best in the Bowl Subdivision, according to STATS.

    Safety Corey Cooper said he can’t figure out why the Huskers have wilted in the biggest road games.

    ”It comes down to us showing up ready to play,” he said. ”It doesn’t matter if we’re home or away. It’s just a decision we have to make, to come out there and execute and be the more physical team.”

    Cooper was encouraged by the fourth-quarter comeback bid at Michigan State last month.

    ”We got down and we didn’t give up. We kept fighting,” he said. ”I can’t explain why we start slow sometimes. We can’t afford that this weekend.”

    The Huskers end the regular season with three games against opponents that are closest to them in the standings. After Wisconsin (7-2, 4-1), the Huskers host Minnesota and go to Iowa. The Hawkeyes are alone in fourth in the West, one game behind the leaders.

    Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten, Wisconsin has come to symbolize the Huskers’ road woes.

    The Badgers won the Huskers’ inaugural Big Ten game 48-17 in Madison in a meeting of top-10 teams in 2011. The Huskers won 30-27 in Lincoln in 2012 but two months later lost 70-31 to an unranked Badgers team at the neutral-site conference championship game. Saturday marks the first meeting since that night in Indianapolis.

    ”You have that in the back of your mind,” said offensive lineman Jake Cotton, who was a backup in 2012. ”This is a different team, they’re a different team. We’re going to play the 2014 Wisconsin Badgers and try to get a win up there.”

    Considering the upsets that happen every week in college football, Pelini said, it would be foolish to put more weight on one game than another.

    ”Every game is the same magnitude as far as I’m concerned,” he said. ”I don’t buy into `this is a big game, this isn’t a big game.’ There are no games that are bigger than the next. This happens to be the next one against a tough opponent, in their stadium, but our approach won’t be any different.”

    Cooper sees things differently.

    ”This game is huge,” he said. ”To get to where we want to go, we can’t afford any losses pretty much. It’s pretty much the biggest game of the season.”


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    The Huskers and Badgers football teams are playing for more than just the driver’s seat in the Big Ten West Division. They’re playing for some hardware.

    For the first time, the Freedom Trophy will be on the line when Nebraska and Wisconsin collide Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin, in a top-25 matchup.

    The Big Ten is known for trophy games, and now has two involving the Huskers, who have played Iowa for the Heroes Trophy since joining the league .

    The Freedom Trophy was designed and sculpted by Harry Weber of Wright City, Missouri, and features a bronze football stadium with an American flag extending from the center. One half of the trophy depicts Memorial Stadium, while the other half showcases Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium. The sculpture sits atop a wood base with space for scores from the series.

    “I think that anything we can do to honor the veterans is a good idea,” Husker coach Bo Pelini said Monday at his weekly news conference. “I don’t think you can do enough to honor the men and women who serve our country. I don’t think you can ever do enough. It’s a great idea.”

    Nebraska and Wisconsin have met eight times on the football field since 1901. With both now in the West Division, they’ll meet every year, with the winner holding the trophy until at least the next fall.

    “I think it’s kind of cool,” said sophomore safety Nate Gerry. “I just thought about that last week, how we never really get to play for a trophy. So I think it’s kind of cool that we get to play for a trophy. But you still have to treat it like any other game. You just have to come out to win, because if you don’t, you’re not getting any trophy.”


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    Wisconsin -7, Total: 57

    A pair of Big Ten teams on a roll will meet in Madison on Saturday when the Wisconsin Badgers host the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Both teams are coming off wins against the Purdue Boilermakers, as the Badgers beat them 34-16 as 16.5-point road favorites and the Cornhuskers earned a 35-14 victory as 21-point home chalk before their bye.

    Wisconsin has now won four straight games, covering the spread in the last three. The Badgers have also gone 3-0 against the spread in the past three meetings with Nebraska. Meanwhile, the Cornhuskers have won three in a row, with a 5-1-1 mark against the spread in their past seven.

    Wisconsin battles the Nebraska Cornhuskers, currently with a 8-1 mark (6-2-1 ATS). The over under records, important for totals betting, are 4-5 for the Badgers and 6-3 for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

    – How Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Wisconsin Badgers Stats Matchup

    The game also pits Wisconsin’s No. 19-ranked offense, averaging 36.78 PPG, against a Nebraska defense that ranks No. 17 this week at 19.67 PPG. The Wisconsin aerial game is averaging 152.67 yards per game, less than the Nebraska Cornhuskers secondary allows through the air, 216 YPG per game.

    In comparing defenses, the Nebraska Cornhuskers own the league’s No. 26-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 136.67 yards per game when on the road. Wisconsin, on the other hand, rates No. 2 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

    – Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Wisconsin Badgers Betting Odds Trends

    Nebraska is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Nebraska is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Nebraska’s last 7 games
    Nebraska is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Wisconsin is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
    Wisconsin is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wisconsin’s last 6 games
    Wisconsin is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home


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    – Abdullah listed as probable:
    The Cornhuskers (8-1 SU and 6-2-1 ATS) are coming off a bye week, which was extremely important for running back Ameer Abdullah (1,250 yards, 5th nationally). He injured his knee early in the first quarter against Purdue last game, but has been upgraded to probable.

    Nebraska certainly needs a healthy Abdullah as quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. is inconsistent with his accuracy (53.0 percent) and has five interceptions in the last four games. Wisconsin has the top defense statistically in the country (251.1 YPG), but has faced a lot of anemic offenses.

    Nebraska has been a solid road team this year (2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS). The only loss was 27-22 as 8.5-point dogs at Michigan State on Oct. 4, almost pulling it out after trailing 27-3 in the fourth quarter.

    – Stave providing some throwing balance:
    The Badgers (7-2 SU and 4-5 ATS) have won four-straight games, feasting on a pretty easy schedule as between 9.5 and 27-point favorites. They’ve covered the spread the last three, including 34-16 as 16.5-point chalk at Purdue last week.

    Wisconsin has the nation’s leading rusher in Melvin Gordon (1,501 yards) and the fourth-ranked ground attack overall (325.7 YPG). Quarterback Joel Stave gained the starting job four games ago, and has provided enough of a throwing threat (132 YPG) to at least keep defenses honest. Tanner McEvoy also gets some series each game, but is primarily a runner.

    Nebraska has a solid run defense (123.8 YPG, ranked 20th) and this will be the toughest test of the year.

    Injuries that matter: Nebraska’s Abdullah (knee) is probable.

    Weather: The forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 20s.


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    Why the Cornhuskers could leave Madison with a victory.

    – Wisconsin’s Quarterback play

    Wisconsin’s running game is one of the best in the country. The passing game is a different story. Wisconsin ranks 117th in the country in pass yards per game at just 152 yards per game. Tanner McEvoy is completing a respectable 58 percent of his passes, but only has five touchdowns compared to six interceptions. Joel Stave, who has been better as of late, is completing just 53.8 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and four interceptions. Wisconsin’s leading receiver, Alex Erickson has just 35 receptions on the year. Add in Nebraska’s pass defense, which ranks third in pass efficiency, tenth in yards per attempt, and second in quarterback rating against, and you have a potential nightmare matchup for the Wisconsin quarterbacks. If Nebraska shuts down the Wisconsin running game, then the Huskers could feast on the Badger quarterbacks. Think of Randy Gregory gone wild.

    – Wisconsin’s Turnover Issues

    Turnovers are going to happen when you have two inconsistent quarterbacks. Wisconsin ranks 79th in interceptions thrown and 46th in total turnovers. It’s not just the offense that has a problem. The Badger defense excels at not taking away the ball. Wisconsin ranks 111th in turnovers forced with just ten. They are 107th in interceptions and 86th in fumbles recovered. Wisconsin also ranks 100th in turnover margin at -.44.

    A huge step towards winning this game is forcing turnovers. Whichever team can get points off the other team’s turnovers should get the victory.

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