Nebraska vs. Wisconsin fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 6
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Nebraska (0-4) vs. Wisconsin (3-1) Game Preview
One Reason Why Nebraska Will Win
It’s a mobile quarterback against the Wisconsin defense.
New Mexico was never going to beat the Badgers, but Tevaka Tuioti moved the Lobo down the field completing 5-of-8 passes for 55 yards and a score on the way to a 7-3 first quarter lead. And then he got knocked out of the game.
The Huskers need Adrian Martinez to use his mobility, his playmaking upside, and his skill set to try giving the Badger D fits.
There were plenty of issues in Nebraska’s loss to Purdue, but Martinez threw for 323 yards and ran for 91 more. For all of the good things the Badgers do, they don’t generate a whole lot of pressure or make a slew of big things happen in the backfield.
As good as the Badger D is, it’ll give up third downs. If Martinez gets the time and space to move, he might just be able to keep up the pace and get the passing game going. However …
One Reason Why Wisconsin Will Win
If Martinez isn’t moving the chains, this could get ugly fast.
Wisconsin leads the Big Ten with time of possession, keeping the ball for over 35 minutes per game.
And now the Badgers have had two weeks off to rest up that dinged up O line.
Nebraska is dead last in the Big Ten in time of possession, keeping it for under 28 minutes a game mostly because Martinez and company can’t convert on third down chances.
You know what the Badgers are going to do, and the Nebraska defensive front can’t stop it. The Huskers have allowed four rushing touchdowns in each of the last two games, and now they’re going to get steamrolled over by the rested Wisconsin offensive front.
What’s Going To Happen
Wisconsin will start slow, and will even get down early, and then the running game will kick in.
Jonathan Taylor and the offensive line will take over in the second quarter as the Badgers go on three straight touchdown drives. Martinez will have his moments, but three turnovers from the Husker O will kill promising drives.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Wisconsin 41, Nebraska 17
Line: Wisconsin -18.5, o/u: 57.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 4
Must See Rating: 2.5
5: First Man
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