Nebraska is on the road one final time this season to face the No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Huskers and Badgers have met every year as Big Ten West opponents, facing off for the Freedom Trophy each season. The trophy was created prior to the 2014 matchup between the two programs.
The Huskers and Badgers have met a total of 14 times in program history. Nine of those meetings have taken place since Nebraska joined the Big Ten Conference in 2011. Wisconsin currently holds a 10-4 advantage in the all-time series, including an 8-1 edge since 2011. The Huskers have won only once in six trips to Madison and not once as members of the Big Ten.
Nebraska-Wisconsin football TV channel, time, live stream
TV Channel: ABC
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Date: Saturday, November 20
Live stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Nebraska fans can listen to the game on the new Huskers Radio Network. Internet radio, as well as a Spanish broadcast, will be available at Huskers.com.
Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin
Weather: Going up north in November can be a little tricky, however Saturday looks pretty nice for Nebraska’s matchup with Wisconsin.
Nebraska-Wisconsin football picks, odds
The line: Wisconsin -9.5
(per the VI Consensus)
Nebraska heads to Madison following its second bye week of the season. The Huskers currently stand at 1-6 in Big Ten Conference play (and 3-7 overall). Nebraska most recently faced sixth-ranked Ohio State, falling 26-17 at home. Despite the loss, Nebraska’s defense allowed a season-low point total against the Buckeyes, who are one of the top-ranked scoring offenses in the country.
Wisconsin comes into the matchup with Nebraska following a 35-7 win over Northwestern. The Badgers held the Wildcats scoreless for the first three quarters. Wisconsin’s defense has been a big storyline of its season so far, ranking in the top two nationally in all four major defensive statistical categories, including leading the nation in total defense (216.3 ypg) and rushing defense (60.6 ypg).
What makes Wisconsin’s defense so tough? It’s extremely well-coached by one of the up-and-coming young defensive coordinators in Jim Leonhard.
“Coach Leonhard does a great job,” Coach Scott Frost said on Thursday. “The whole team plays with an aggressive attitude. They’re big, they’re physical, they have a good player at every position. They’re tough to sustain drives against, and they mix it up a lot more than they have before, so they’re hard to dial in.”
It’s also been quite the season for Wisconsin. Following a 1-3 start to the season, the Badgers have won six in a row to get to 7-3 overall and 5-2 in Big Ten Conference play. Wisconsin needs two wins to secure a trip to the Big Ten championship game for the seventh time in the 11-year history of the title game.
What else do you need to know? Here’s a look at what the Huskers said leading up to the matchup with Wisconsin:
For more on the matchup, don’t miss the latest I-80 Preview Podcast.