No. 7 Wisconsin 10-Point Favorites At Home Against No. 8 Nebraska

October 1, 2011 – By Scott
 
 
The No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers are off to a 4-0 start to the season.  A lot is expected this year from a squad that went to the Rose Bowl last season.  In the first true test in their 2011 campaign, the Badgers will host No. 8 Nebraska on Saturday night in a game that will be the Cornhuskers Big Ten debut.
 
This matchup marks the first time in almost 50 years that two top 10 teams have met at Camp Randall Stadium.  The hype surrounding this game is unbelievable and around 30,000 Cornhusker fans are expected to make the trip to Madison. 
 

“There’s been a lot of excitement,” Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland said. “Internally, we were focused on our first four games as they came, one at a time, but I know out in the city and around campus, there’s been a lot of excitement for this game in particular. And now it’s here for us, so we can focus on it too.”

Those first four games were obviously a tuneup for Wisconsin.  They are averaging 48 points per game and are led by their potent rushing attack.  Backs Montee Ball and James White have combined for 657 yards and 12 touchdowns.

But their passing attack is also dangerous.  Transfer quarterback Russell Wilson has stepped in nicely and has passed for 1,136 yards with 11 touchdowns and just one interception.

“The kid has done a good job of learning how the offense works and how to make it work for himself,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. “I think they took a guy and fit him in as another piece of the puzzle, and that’s the right way to go about it.”

The key for Wisconsin will be stopping the option style rushing attack that Nebraska brings.  The Cornhuskers have put up 16 touchdowns running the football and are led by dual-threat quarterback Taylor Martinez.  Martinez is the second leading rusher on the team and has 371 yards on the ground with 7 touchdowns.  He has also passed for 647 yards on the year.  Running back Rex Burkhead is leading Nebraska in rushing with 417 yards and 7 touchdowns.

This matchup is on tap to be one of the biggest games of the weekend.  NCAA College Football Betting Lines have Wisconsin favored by 10 at home against Nebraska.  The OVER/UNDER is set at 56.  The game can be seen live at 8:00 pm ET on ABC.

 

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