Nebraska vs. Wisconsin: Huskers Open As Three-Score Underdog
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Nebraska vs. Wisconsin: Huskers Open As Three-Score Underdog

September 30, 2018

Nebraska is a 22.5-point underdog this week.

The Huskers (0-4, 0-2 Big Ten) aren't going to be favored in many games throughout the rest of the 2018 season, but when it travels to Madison, Wisconsin, this Saturday to face the 15th-ranked Badgers, it'll be a three-score dog.

Wisconsin is 3-1 this season with its only blemish coming by way of a 24-21 home upset to BYU on Sept. 15. In that game, Wisconsin out-gained the Cougars but lost the turnover battle and missed a game-tying field goal from 42 yards away with 41 seconds left in the game. The Badgers rebounded nicely with a 28-17 win on the road against Iowa on Sept. 22.

Nebraska will be facing a well-rested Wisconsin squad when the two meet.

Wisconsin ranks fourth in the Big Ten in total offense each game and fifth in scoring offense (32 points a night). Junior quarterback Alex Hornibrook has opened the season with 800 yards, six touchdowns and two picks at a 66.7 percent completion rate. Last year's freshman phenom running back, Jonathan Taylor already has 628 yards and five scores on 102 carries in four games.

The defense hasn't been your typical bruising Wisconsin defense — eighth in the Big Ten in defensive S&P+, 11th in opponent third-down conversions (38.8 percent), and last in sacks (only three all season) — yet its still second in scoring defense at 14.5 points a game and tied for third in turnovers forced.

The Huskers will be looking to avoid tying the worst start to a season in program history (Nebraska started 0-5 in 1945) and looking to snap an eight-game losing streak. They'll have their work cut out for them; Nebraska has lost four straight games in Madison.

Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT on BTN.

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