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We’re joined this week by our friends Derrick, Justin, and Tyler over at the HuskerCuzCast podcast to help put their predictions for this game on the record.
For a full breakdown, check out the latest episode of HuskerCuzCast where the guys and I go over the Huskers Illinois win and preview in-depth what the Huskers need to do to beat Wisconsin this week.
Chris Wahl – Weekly Contributor
Living in Arizona I always pick one game to come back for. This is the game that has been circled on my calendar for a while now and I am sure I’m not the only one. With top-tier recruits in town and B1G implications on the line, beating Wisconsin this Saturday would be, well, huge.
The Huskers have dropped the last four meetings with the Badgers. This Saturday is an opportunity for the Huskers to claim the frontrunner spot in the B1G West. The Badgers have always been fundamentally sound on both sides of the ball and nothing has changed in that department. They will take advantage of mistakes and the Huskers will have to be at their very best to win.
The Blackshirt defense has improved each game going from 122nd in total defense to 34th in three weeks. They will look to feed off the energy of Memorial Stadium under the lights that should be electric. With Tre Bryant out again and Mikale Wilbon battling a sprained ankle, Devine Ozigbo will have to carry the load for the ground game. Tanner Lee and the offensive line looked better last week but the top defense in the conference awaits them.
Don’t forget to wear black a night game as a top–10 B1G foe should make for an electric atmosphere
Saturday night in Lincoln.
Prediction: Huskers 20-17
Offensive MVP: Stanley Morgan Jr.
Defensive MVP: Luke Gifford
Tyler Shafer– Husker Cuz Cast Podcast
After the most impressive win of the season last week against Illinois, Nebraska faces Wisconsin on Saturday night in what appears to be the biggest game of the season for Mike Riley. The Huskers have not lost a night game at Memorial Stadium in 20 games dating back to Missouri in 2008. On the other hand, Wisconsin is 3-5 under the lights in road games during that same timeframe.
Wisconsin is bringing a dominating defense to Lincoln ranking 4th against the country versus the run allowing 74.3 yards per game to opponents. Nebraska will play without starter Tre Bryant again this week and Mikale Wilbon is questionable with a sprained ankle. For the offense to move the ball Tanner Lee will need to continue to improve after his impressive game in Champaign
On the other side of the ball, the much improved Husker defense will be tested against freshman running back Jonathan Taylor. Chris Weber and the linebackers have played good football this year and have shown good success against the run as well limiting teams to 105.8 yards per game.
My heart is telling me the Huskers can win this game, but my brain is telling me we haven’t seen enough this season for me to pick that way.
Prediction: Wisconsin 27 – 20
Offensive MVP – TyjonLyndsey
Defensive MVP – Lamar Jackson
Justin Fielder – Husker Cuz Cast Podcast
Nebraska has put together a min winning streak as they move to 2-0 in Big Ten play following victories against lowly Rutgers and Illinois. The Huskers will face their nemesis as #9 Wisconsin travels to Lincoln for a night game under the lights. Nebraska has somehow managed to maintain a 20 game win streak under the lights in Memorial Stadium and hope to continue that trend this weekend. Wisconsin always seems to have Nebraska’s number and the last two years the games have gone down to the wire with the Badgers coming out on top.
The Blackshirts have been playing some outstanding football the past three games. Granted, it was againstNorthern Illinois, Rutgers, and Illinois which currently rank 89th, 117th, and 126th respectively in totaloffense. Tanner Lee finally got it together last week against Illinois and showed the fans that he is indeeda very capable quarterback; three TDs and no interceptions will surely boost his confidence. The dropswill stop this week. The offense and defense will need to play for four full quarters to keep up withWisconsin, and I think they will.
In a week in which many fans and media members have already declared Scott Frost as our next headcoach, Mike Riley and staff will prove their worth by upsetting the Badgers in Lincoln.Make it 21 in arow! Go Big Red!
Prediction: Huskers 27-24 Huskers
Offensive MVP: Tanner Lee
Defensive MVP: Carlos Davis
Derrick Stafford – Husker Cuz Cast Podcast
The Cardinal and White come knocking on the door of Memorial Stadium to face our beloved and Scarlet and Cream this weekend. Nebraska is coming off three solid defensive performances and the best all-around game against Illinois. They have held their opponents to under 200 yards for two weeks in a row (the first time since 2001) and under 250 for the last three games (the first time since 2003). However, Wisconsin is a whole new beat compared to the teams we have faced.
A few keys to the game. Wisconsin had 8 sacks last week against Northwestern, so the O-Line will have to prove they can block and give tanner time to throw or we could be in for another turnover-heavy game. With the defense racking up 5 sacks against Illinois will they be able to disrupt the play of Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook? Hornibrook threw 2 interceptions last week against Northwestern so he is not mistake free like the other quarterbacks Nebraska has faced. The Husker wide receivers have had a few terrible dropped balls this season and two big drops from Stanley Morgan Jr last week that they will need to clean up if they want to win.
The Big Red are 46-5 all-time under the lights with a win streak of 20 in a row dating back without a loss coming since joining the B1G. In fact, Nebraska’s only win against these dirty Badgers was a night game in Lincoln. Will the crowd be rowdy? You bet your bottom dollar they will. Will that be enough to rattle UW? Maybe not but it will be fun to those in attendance to try. I have never really been the type to think we play better at a certain time of day but I am starting to think Nebraska needs to do away with 11 AM kickoffs. By rule, if 11 AM games are our kryptonite then maybe primetime games are our superpowers.
The Huskers are showing signs of life after the embarrassing loss to NIU after building their confidence the last two games. On the other hand, Wisconsin tried to give the game away last week to Northwestern but sealed the deal with their 8th sack of the game for a safety. Primetime in Lincoln is a tough place to play for any team so I see Nebraska pulling out a big surprise here.
Prediction: Huskers 20 – 17
Offensive MVP: De’Mornay Pierson-El
Defensive MVP: Chris Weber
John Swedlund – Editor, Husker Hype
Man, first off thanks to the Husker Cuz Cast crew for joining us this week. I’m super excited to host their podcast and work with them moving forward. They represent all parts of Husker Nation and host a terrific show every week. Check it out if you haven’t already. It’s a great commute killer with some big things getting lined up in the future.
On to Wisconsin. Looking at the surface of the game the Huskers appear to be overmatched vs #9 Wisconsin but a look at the numbers reveals two offenses that are similar in many facets. The key differentiator in this weekends game is going to come down to the offensive line. As the Huskers don’t a wide-open spread offense, whichever team gets their ground game going is going to come out on top.
In addition to the ground game, turnovers will be a huge focal point this week. If Nebraska can limit their turnovers they will have a shot to keep themselves in the game. If they fall back into a pass-happy shell, the Badger defense will undoubtedly bring the pressure up front and keep Tanner Lee out of sync. This game could truly be a defensive battle, so I expect coach Riley to lay off the 4th down conversions and let Drew Brown take his shots if the offense isn’t able to finish their drives.
With the return key starters Chris Jone, Joshua Kalu, and Marcus Newby the Huskers will have a shot in the arm on defense but could face issues as those three knock off the rust. With the game taking place under the lights, Nebraska’s 45-6 record in night games, and a rowdy student section planning a blackout I could see Nebraska coming away with a hard-fought win in Lincoln.
Offensive MVP: Drew Brown
Defensive MVP: Luke Gifford
With a huge game on the line this weekend, take a look back to when Husker Nation honored the 1994 National Championship with a thrilling game under the lights of Memorial Stadium against Miami.