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Nebraska leads series, 3-2 (last meeting: Sept. 21, 1974: Wisconsin 21, Nebraska 20)

The No. 8 Nebraska Cornhuskers make their Big Ten debut this Saturday in a long-overdue matchup against the No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers. The Cornhuskers return to Camp Randall Stadium 37 years after Wisconsin receiver Jeff Mack Sr. crossed the end zone following a 77-yard reception as time expired to secure a 21-20 victory against then- fourth-ranked Nebraska.

With four wins under its belt, Nebraska leads the Big Ten Legends division behind sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez and junior running back Rex Burkhead. The twosome ranks second and third in the conference with 421 and 420 total rushing yards, respectively (trailing only Michigan QB Denard Robinson), and seven touchdowns apiece. As a team, they also lead the conference in total rushing yards at 1,090 (439 yards per game). In their first road game against Wyoming last week, the Huskers posted a season-high 333 rushing yards for their second straight 300-plus yard game.

Badger head coach Bret Bielema has installed a stellar defensive unit- leading the conference and ranking third in the nation with only 8.5 points allowed per game. Through four games, Wisconsin has only allowed one rushing touchdown and will be asked to stop a Nebraska rushing attack that averages four per game. Offensively, Wisconsin answers back with their own touted backfield tandem in junior Montee Ball and sophomore James White. White was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year after rushing for 1,000 yards. Ball ranks alongside Martinez and Burkhead as one of the top rushers in the conference. The Badgers passing game takes the number one spot in the conference behind senior NC State transfer Russell Wilson in the quarterback position. Wilson has made an impression in the Big Ten this season, completing 75.8 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and only one interception. Nearly a third of his passes have connected with senior wide receiver Nick Toon. Last week Toon had a career-high 155 yards and two touchdowns against South Dakota.

Extra Point: This matchup is the first game in Madison, Wis., featuring two top 10 ranked teams since 1962. The Badgers defeated No. 1 Northwestern and No. 5 Minnesota.

Expert Picks

Michel Champagne Michel Champagne currently serves as Chairman of Florida Citrus Sports, where his duties include leading Team Selection Committee. He is the Vice President of Operations and General Manager, Orlando Region for Bright House Networks.
Pick: Wisconsin
Season Record: 3-1
Greg Warmoth Greg Warmoth spent 11 years as the weekend sports anchor for WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando before switching to the news desk in 1997. He currently anchors Eyewitness News Daybreak, Eyewitness News This Morning on TV-27 and Eyewitness News at Noon.
Pick: Wisconsin
Season Record: 3-1
Marc Daniels Marc Daniels hosts The Beat Of Sports on ESPN 1080 AM in Orlando every weekday morning from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Daniels has over 20 years of experience on the air and is most well known as “the Voice of the UCF Knights” for all football, men’s basketball and baseball games on the UCF ISP Sports Network.
Pick: Nebraska
Season Record: 3-1
Jerry Greene Jerry Greene spent 33 years as a sportswriter at Florida Today, the Pensacola News Journal and the Orlando Sentinel before retiring in 2009. He now co-hosts The Beat of Sports with Daniels and contributes to ESPN.com’s Page 2 section.
Pick: Wisconsin
Season Record: 2-2
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