(7) Nebraska Cornhuskers at (11) Wisconsin Badgers
Nebraska: We here about so many of the undefeated teams in the nation. Alabama obviously and if you think about it, when don’t we hear about them. Then, there’s Michigan and what they’ve done. You barely hear anyone talk about Mike Riley’s Nebraska Cornhuskers. They sit at 7-0 and atop the Big Ten West and this is their best start through seven games since 2001 when they played in the national title game. Despite the zero in the loss column, they haven’t been all that great at times and have squeaked out many wins against teams that they should’ve beat by at least ten points. They struggled against Northwestern, Purdue, and Illinois and they can’t take Paul Chryst’s Wisconsin Badgers lightly either on Saturday night.
Wisconsin: I’ve watched a lot of their games this year and though they are two games back of first place in the Big Ten West, they have an uphill climb of obtaining the division title but, it’s certainly not out of the question. The biggest improvement over the season as of late has been making it a point of emphasis to get Corey Clement going. Wisconsin’s bread and butter have always been running the ball and last week in Des Moines, Clement rushed for 134 yards in the win over Iowa. Defensively, this is a top ten unit. They’re actually ranked ninth in total defense giving up 300.6 yards per game. They’ve shown they can stay with the best offenses on the defensive side of the ball. They’re back home with unbeaten Nebraska in town for a Saturday night battle.
Nebraska Player To Watch: Jordan Westerkamp– He’s expected to be back after missing the last two games with a back injury. Every offense has that spark plug and he’s theirs next to Armstrong of course. He’s their home run hitter and he’s back after averaging close to 18 yards per catch through the first five games.
Wisconsin Player To Watch: Vince Biegel– They lost Jack Cichy to a torn pectoral muscle and it’s not a big loss because they still have Vince Biegel on the field. He’s an outside linebacker that can get to the ballcarrier. They lost one guy but still have another to keep things afloat.
Prediction: This will be Wisconsin’s fifth game this year against a top ten opponent. They really silenced me last week with their win in Iowa to keep pace with their opponent on Saturday. I like Wisconsin to keep winning. Wisconsin 21 Nebraska 10.