The Big 10 (3:30 pm ET) game of the week features the 16th ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-1) take on the 20th ranked Wisconsin Badgers (7-2)from Camp Randall Stadium in scenic Madison, WI. Nebraska comes into the game fresh off a bye week and riding a three game winning streak with win over Purdue (35-14), Rutgers (42-24), and Northwestern (38-17) after suffering their only loss of the season on the road in week 6 against Michigan St. (27-22). Wisconsin has won four games in a row after a 20-14 upset loss at Northwestern in week 6; their wins have come over the likes of Illinois (38-28), Maryland (52-7) , Rutgers (37-0) and Purdue (34-16) in Big 10 play this season.
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Nebraska is ranked 9th nationally in scoring offense with an average of 40.4 points per game and 17th among FBS teams in total offense with 490.6 yards per contest. The Cornhuskers lost star running back Ameer Abdullah due to a knee sprain early in their win over Purdue on Nov. 1 and his status remains uncertain for this week despite coming off a bye week The Cornhuskers rank 16th nationally in points allowed with 19.7 per game and 24th in total defense 339.8 YPG allowed.
Wisconsin is ranked 20th nationally in scoring offense with an average of 36.8 PPG scored and 25th among FBS teams in total offense with 478.3 YPG. Standout running back Melvin Gordon has set career highs with 1,501 rushing yards and 21 total TDs this season.The Badgers rank 3rd nationally in points allowed with 14.3 per game and 1st in total defense 251.1 YPG allowed. Their run defense ranks 3rd in the country against the run (89.2 yards per game)
Nebraska vs. Wisconsin Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Nebraska Cornhuskers +6.5
@ Wisconsin Badgers -6.5
Over 57 (-110)
Under 57 (-110)
Betting odds taken from Bovada.lv
Nebraska vs Wisconsin Pick
Nebraska is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Badgers are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 conference games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in November. and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in Madison. The under is 5-2-1 in Cornhuskers’ last 8 games in November and 4-0 in their last 4 road games against a team with a winning home record. The under is 7-0 in Badgers last 7 games following a ATS win, while the over is 28-13-1 in Badgers last 42 conference games. In their last meeting Gordon ran for 216 yards as part of a 539-yard team effort that allowed Wisconsin to throttle Nebraska 70-31 in the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game. The Cornhuskers are looking for their first win in Camp Randall since 1966.
The key matchup will be the two running backs assuming that Abdullah takes the field for Nebraska as head coach Bo Pelini has stated he would. In eight games against FBS opponents, Gordon is averaging 182.9 rushing YPG, 30 more than any other player. Abdullah ranks 3rd nationally with 149.5. The Badgers rank 4th nationally in rushing offense with 325.7 YPG on the ground while Nebraska ranks 9th with 280.7 YPG rushing. This should be a physical, hard-fought game and the passing game will be used sparingly especially with a an expected high temperature of 30 degrees in Madison. Look for this to be a much more low-scoring affair than their meeting in 2012, with limited passing attacks and strong run defenses, points should be at a premium here. Take the UNDER in this game.