No. 9 Wisconsin, Nebraska meet for 1st place in Big Ten West
No. 9 Wisconsin (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) at Nebraska (3-2, 2-0), 8 p.m. (BTN)
Line: Wisconsin by 11 ½.
Series record: Wisconsin leads 7-4.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The winner takes sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West. Wisconsin has won four straight against the Cornhuskers and five of six since Nebraska joined the conference in 2011. Nebraska, which has won 20 straight night games at Memorial Stadium, will get a much better measure of itself after opening Big Ten play with wins over Rutgers and Illinois.
Wisconsin defense vs. Nebraska QB Tanner Lee. The Badgers have 16 sacks through four games, with eight coming last week against Northwestern. Though turnover-free against Illinois, Lee has thrown nine interceptions already. He doesn’t run well and tends to panic when under pressure.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wisconsin: RB Johnathan Taylor. The freshman leads the Big Ten with 129.5 yards per game and seven rushing touchdowns. Nebraska has held four of its five opponents under 100 yards rushing.
Nebraska: NT Mick Stoltenberg. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior has been a beast taking on double teams so far, but the Wisconsin offensive line is a different animal.
FACTS & FIGURES
Wisconsin has won two straight close games against the Huskers. The Badgers won 23-21 on a field goal with 4 seconds in Lincoln in 2015, and last season they won 23-17 in overtime after Nebraska had come back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit. ... Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook’s second-half pass efficiency rating (246.5) is best in the FBS. ... The Badgers are 16-3 against West opponents since 2014. ... The Huskers haven’t lost a night game at home since 2008 against Missouri. ... Nebraska’s defense has held opponents without a touchdown for seven quarters totaling more than 115 minutes of game action.
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