Nebraska will hit the road to take on the Wisconsin Badgers as big underdogs.
The Huskers are 22.5-point underdogs heading into Saturday’s game with the Badgers, according to VegasInsider, which released the opening line on Sunday.
Nebraska enters the game at 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten, while No. 16 Wisconsin checks in at 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Big Ten play. The Badgers enter Saturday’s game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison off a bye week.
Nebraska will need to play its best game of the season to leave Wisconsin with a win. The Badgers hold the nation’s No. 8 rushing offense, and have a legitimate Big Ten player of the year candidate in sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor. The Badgers defense ranks No. 17 in the country in total defense and No. 10 in scoring defense.
The Huskers dropped their fourth game, and eighth-straight dating to last season, in a 42-28 loss to Purdue on Saturday. The Huskers have battled issues with turnovers and penalties through the season, leading head coach Scott Frost to say that Nebraska looked like the most undisciplined team in America when he met with the media after Saturday’s game.
“In my opinion, we honestly look like one of the most undisciplined teams in the country, and it kills me because it isn’t like we aren’t trying to give them messages, it isn’t like we aren’t trying to hold them accountable. That being said, we’ve got a bunch of guys that are warriors that didn’t stop fighting. When I see guys like Ben Stille turning and getting out of the pass rush and running down one of their receivers 30 yards downfield, I’ll go to battle with guys like that anytime. It’s up to us as coaches, but it’s also up to that team to stop allowing the other stuff to happen. We can’t get holding calls on interceptions and then talk trash to their sideline and start dancing on the field. I didn’t know what was going on, when we’re down 13 points and we’ve got backups and reserves dancing on our sideline before kickoff. They look like they love losing, and they look like they’re undisciplined.
“We got another penalty on special teams and instead of starting at the 30, we started on our own 8. We get penalties on 3rd-and-20 and we get penalties when are drives are going and we kill them. I’m tired of looking at it. There’s really no difference from a coaching perspective from ‘I can’t do it’ and ‘I won’t do it’. The people that won’t make good decisions, the people that are hitting people that are three yards out of bounds, if that keeps up I’m just going to ride with the guys that are doing it the right way. We’ve got a lot of warriors on this team and a lot of guys that played well enough to win, but I’m tired of coaching an undisciplined team.”
Nebraska has beaten Wisconsin just once since joining the Big Ten in 2011, and the Huskers are 1-6 against Wisconsin since joining the conference.