Last week Nebraska took down Illinois 28-6 in game that was low-drama and just what the doctor ordered. This week the Huskers face off against Wisconsin in the biggest game of the season. This game matters the most to the Big Ten West division race, plus it’s the game Husker players have mentioned the most about wanting to win this season. Memorial Stadium will be rocking on Saturday night for what should be another good battle between the two teams.
First, your TV information for Nebraska-Wisconsin:
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln Neb.
When: Saturday, October 7, at 7:00p.m. CT
Listen: Husker Sports Network or Sirius Channel 81, XM 81
The team has been pretty locked in all week and has been preaching their focus on Wisconsin and not looking ahead to the back end of this tough back-to-back when Ohio State comes to town next week.
We break it down in this week's episode of Hail Varsity's No Huddle.
Special Thanks to presenting sponsor downtownlincoln.org.
>>Nebraska has won 20 straight home night games, including a 2012 game against Wisconsin.
>>In Lincoln, Nebraska leads the series against Wisconsin 3-1, with that lone loss coming on a last-second field goal.
>>Badgers head coach Paul Chryst served as Mike Riley’s offensive coordinator from 1997 to 1998 and again from 2003 to 2004.
>>Devine Ozigbo has back-to-back 100 yard games.
What They’re Saying
Mike Riley on the team’s confidence level:
“I think this team has prepared themselves in the last two weeks in a very good way to compete. I would say there’s an excitement about playing football right now for them that is contagious throughout the team. The work has been really consistent with this team. It’s a good group of people that have always worked hard. We’ve been rewarded with better and better play in the last [few games] and I expect that to continue. What we absolutely need to win this next game is to get better, and I think this team will work to do that. I think they’re built that way as people and I think some of the success they’ve recently had should be a confidence booster for them.”
Dicaprio Bootle on the defenses’ mindset in the redzone:
“I wouldn’t say a completely different mindset, because we’re tough anywhere we are on the field. We try to play the best ball we can, but when they get into the red zone, it’s kind of like another switch flips on. Just because they’re down there, doesn’t mean they have to get any points. We try to keep them as far away from a touchdown as we can. We just keep defending and try not to give up anything, really. Not even a field goal.”
Ben Stille on staying the course until his time came:
“Definitely just putting in the work even when you’re not getting the playing time, when you’re not getting the notoriety. Just putting work in whether it is film or mental reps. I’m just always ready whenever I get my opportunity.”
Must watch: Throwback to Taylor Martinez’ epic run against Wisconsin that unfortunately came in a loss.
Random thought with Wisconsin-Nebraska on tap:
— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) October 4, 2017
Must read: Nebraska may have found the turning point for the o-line, but Saturday is the test.
Must see: Nebraska showed off their 1997-inspired throwbacks that will be worn this week.
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) October 3, 2017
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.