Five Keys To Victory - Nebraska vs. No.16 Wisconsin

Five Keys To Victory - Nebraska vs. No.16 Wisconsin

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Five Keys To Victory - Nebraska vs. No.16 Wisconsin

Returning to the field will have a similar feel for the University of Wisconsin: playing a rivalry game in primetime. UW successfully defended the Heartland Trophy by winning at Iowa two weekends ago and will look to do the same with the Freedom Trophy tonight against Nebraska. UW has won all four Freedom-Trophy matchups and done so by an average of 16 points. Now the Badgers will host a Huskers team that has lost a program-record eight straight games.

For Wisconsin, here are the five things they need to do to beat Nebraska.

1, Success On The Ground

Through two conference games, Nebraska’s rush defense has been one of the worst in the Big Ten, ranking 12th in the conference with 236.5 rushing yards allowed. With Jonathan Taylor rushing for at least 100 yards in every game this season (not to mention rushing for 249 yards in last year’s win in Lincoln) the Huskers could have trouble slowing down Wisconsin’s talented sophomore. With Wisconsin likely to utilize the jumbo package (two extra offensive linemen), Taylor should have the rushing lanes he needs in order to consistently pick up positive yards.

It goes beyond Taylor, however, as Wisconsin’s ability to utilize multiple running backs will allow Wisconsin to wear down Nebraska’s defense. Taiwan Deal and Garrett Groshek have both been able to contribute and take the burden off the star tailback, and the success by the trio should allow Wisconsin to hit some big plays, as Nebraska has allowed 5.8 yards per rush over Big Ten play.

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