Predictions - Nebraska vs. No.16 Wisconsin

Predictions - Nebraska vs. No.16 Wisconsin

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Predictions - Nebraska vs. No.16 Wisconsin

Wisconsin plays its second straight night game when it hosts struggling Nebraska tonight at Camp Randall. The Badgers Insider Staff gives our game and score prediction.

Brian Becker – Wisconsin 38, Nebraska 21

Since the Freedom Trophy was introduced in 2014, Wisconsin has won all four matchups against the Huskers. The key factor of success in winning those games has been the ability to run the ball, averaging 326 rushing yards a contest. Nebraska can expect Wisconsin to run early and often, especially since the Huskers have allowed an average of 236.5 rushing yards through two Big Ten games (12th in the league) and the 5.8 yards per carry allowed is the third worst in conference play.

Wisconsin’s rushing attack having success begins with the play of UW’s offensive line. With Wisconsin more than likely to utilizing the jumbo formation, the two extra blocking linemen should allow Jonathan Taylor to have another successful outing and wear Nebraska’s defense down. Success on the group will be critical to Wisconsin’s ability to control the clock and keep the defense fresh, preventing Nebraska’s offense from generating a rhythm.

When it’s all said and done, Taylor and the rest of Wisconsin’s offense are too much for Nebraska.

Becker’s Record: 3-1

Billy Hirschfeld – Wisconsin 24, Nebraska 13

I think the Badgers pull off the win, but they will need to be humble and disciplined in order for a “W.”  Yes, Nebraska is 0-4 but teams like that are going to give you everything they got and get scrappy. The Badgers will need to focus on limiting their mistakes, as any miscues will lead to big momentum boosters to the Cornhuskers and make it an even more grueling battle.

Hirschfeld’s Record: 3-1

Logan Samp – Wisconsin 35, Nebraska 14

Nebraska head coach Scott Frost could help the feelings around Lincoln if he can lead the Huskers to a huge upset tonight. A big key to the game will be how Nebraska’s offensive line can handle the Badgers tough front seven, and if the Huskers can prevent a young UW front from pressuring their quarterback. Luckily Wisconsin has had Nebraska’s number and that doesn’t change at Camp Randall.

Samp’s Record: 3-1

Benjamin Worgull – Wisconsin 38, Nebraska 21

A lot of the focus tonight will be on how Wisconsin’s young (and somewhat banged-up) secondary will handle a Nebraska passing offense that packs a punch. Wide receivers JD Spielman (23 catches, 252 yards and four TDs) and Stanley Morgan (17-269-1) are playmakers and freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez has the ability to extend plays with his legs. However, the big thing for me is seeing what the Badgers can do against the Huskers rushing attack.

Through four games, Nebraska has shown the ability to feature a strong rushing unit. The Huskers ran for 329 yards against Colorado and churned out another 259 yards last week against Purdue. Nebraska has rushed for at least 180 yards three times this year, and Wisconsin needs to be able to contain Devine Ozigbo (career-high 170 yards last week) and Martinez, a QB who can make an undisciplined team look foolish. Dating back to the start of last season, the Badgers have given up 100 rushing yards to a team just nine times in 18 games. This will be a lofty goal for UW to try and achieve.

UW is a 17.5-point favorite but will likely give up some hits defensively. Even so, the Huskers are porous defensively and the Badgers’ offense should have a field day, especially coming off a bye week. Jonathan Taylor continues to run through defenses and UW will handle another rivalry game.

Worgull’s Record: 3-1

Worgull’s Record vs. spread: 2-2

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