Wisconsin Open As Huge Favorites Against Nebraska

Wisconsin Open As Huge Favorites Against Nebraska

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Wisconsin Open As Huge Favorites Against Nebraska

MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin has opened as a huge favorite for the second straight home game. The Badgers are hoping the end result, however, is drastically different.

Fresh off a bye week, Wisconsin has opened up as a 23-point favorite over Nebraska for its primetime kickoff on Saturday (6:30 p.m./Big Ten Network), according to Vegas Insider.

The Badgers (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) have won five straight in the series, including a 38-17 victory in Lincoln last season. Since the Huskers joined the Big Ten, UW is 6-1 against the Huskers.

Wisconsin – which dropped one spot to No.16 in the Associated Press poll Sunday – saw its 42-game nonconference win streak snapped Sept.15 in a 24-21 defeat to BYU, a 21-point underdog. The Badgers rebounded in a big way two weekends ago, using a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Iowa, 28-17, at Kinnick Stadium.

Nebraska comes to Madison as a mess. The Huskers fell to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten after a 42-28 home loss to Purdue, a game in which first-year head coach Scott Frost called his team “the most undisciplined team in the country.”

The Huskers have not won a game since Oct. 28, 2017, a span of eight consecutive losses that surpasses the seven straight defeats endured in 1918-19 and 1957. The Huskers haven’t started a season with five straight losses since 1945.

UW ended Nebraska’s 20-game win streak in home night games a year ago thanks to tailback Jonathan Taylor, who rushed for 248 yards and two touchdowns. Linebacker Chris Orr did jumpstart the Badgers that night, registering a 78-yard interception return for a touchdown on the fifth play from scrimmage.

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