There’s been a lot of discussion in recent weeks about whether or not Nebraska deserves to be a top 10 team. Well, the time has officially come for the Huskers to prove their place in that discussion. Wisconsin is 5-2 on the season but that doesn’t tell the whole story. The Badgers played Ohio State very close and have been a tough team all season. Camp Randall will not be an easy place for Nebraska to get a victory.
We have your TV information, fun facts and plenty more to get you ready for game day in this week’s cheat sheet.
Where: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.
When: Saturday, October 29, at 6 p.m. CT
Watch: ESPN (Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe)
Listen: Husker Sports Network or Sirius Channel 81, XM 81
The Nebraska Huskers have said they are ready for a challenge. Well, the time has come for the Huskers as they prepare to face the Wisconsin Badgers. At Camp Randall. At night. It’s about to get real and we’re breaking it all down in this week’s episode of Hail Varsity’s No Huddle.
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>> Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst hails from Lone Rock, Wis. and graduated from UW-Whitewater. He was on the Wisconsin athletics staff from 2006 to 2011 and served as the Badgers’ Deputy Athletic Director from 2009 to 2011.
>> On the flip side, Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was a Blackshirt during his time in Lincoln. He lettered as a linebacker for Bob Devaney’s teams from 1965 to 1967.
>> Nebraska has not started a season 7-0 since 2001. The Huskers are also 4-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since joining the conference in 2011.
What They’re Saying
Head coach Mike Riley on Wisconsin being 5-2 against a difficult schedule:
“They’ve done a great job. They’ve had a really difficult schedule, lots of good teams, the two teams that they’ve lost to are two of the best teams in the country, so we understand all that. It’s going to be really good football team, and they have two losses but we all know what that means. So it’s a good team.”
On what stands out about Wisconsin’s freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook:
“Poise for a young guy really, really stands out. He is, I think, beyond his years that way. You would not know that that is a freshman quarterback. And I like his arm, too, you know. He looks very accurate, and he’s unfazed by the bigness of what he’s in. I mean, he’s making big plays, standing in there making great throws against really good people, so he’s an impressive guy.”
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. on wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp’s return:
“It’s going to help a lot. I’ve seen him work out a lot. He’s in and out of rehab, making sure he’s doing as much as he can. I saw him lifting yesterday, and I kind of gave him a thumbs up and he was excited about it. Came home and he’s just excited about just getting out there and doing stuff with us and just being part of the team again. That kind of guy is the type of guy that doesn’t like to be by himself. He likes to be around the team. I could see him being down the last couple weeks, but he’s excited, I’m excited. I think the whole team is excited about just having another threat out there on offense. Just getting back to having a full unit even though that we have guys that rotate in and out, here and there. But having Jordan back is going to be an important key for us.”
Safety Kieron Williams on playing Wisconsin:
“Well, last time it didn’t go so well, so it’ll be fun to be back there and to be able to play a game that we love to play and do our best to get a win.”
Center Dylan Utter on motivating the team as a captain:
“Being 7-0 and going up to Camp Randall against a good Badgers team, you don’t really need to motivate these guys anymore. They know what’s at stake. We set ourselves up for a big game, a great atmosphere and this is the reason why you play football.”
Must Watch: This Vine by the Huskers. It’s so funny.
Must Read: The latest issue of Hail Varsity magazine. If the cover alone impresses you, just wait until you read the features inside.
Must See: The Husker offense leaving practice on Wednesday in style. Can’t say they’re not loose!
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.