09.28.2011 / It is test time as the Husker kick-off Big Ten Conference play against Wisconsin. Posting by Greg Sharpe, The Voice of the Huskers.

It is finally here! Big 10 play with the Wisconsin Badgers. Husker fans have waited a long time for this week to arrive. Now the Huskers will face a big challenge Saturday in Madison, and I mean big. This Badger football team is undefeated ranked in the top ten and have only lost two football games in their last 16 games. They also have one of the biggest offensive lines in college football.

"Defensively Wisconsin has been solid, but they may not have the same speed as NU"

The Badgers received a huge off season present when Russell Wilson, a former ACC Player of the Year decided to transfer from North Carolina State to Wisconsin. Wilson graduated last May and the NCAA allows a player that has graduated the ability to transfer to another school without sitting out an additional year. Wilson has been terrific so far this season completing over 70% of his passes. He also gives the Badgers the added weapon of being able to scramble for yards if protection breaks down. Containing Wilson will be a key Saturday night for the Blackshirts.
Wisconsin likes to run the ball between the tackles, in football terms running downhill. That means that Nebraska’s defensive front needs to have an outstanding game. Also the linebackers and safeties will need to make plays. 

Defensively Wisconsin has been solid, but they may not have the same speed as NU.  There should be some opportunities Saturday night for the Huskers to have big plays.   You can expect offensive coordinator Tim Beck to try to get his play makers like Jamal Turner, Kenny Bell, Kyler Reed out in space where they can try to outrun the Badger secondary and linebackers. 

I also think that Nebraska has an edge in the kicking game.  Again this is where speed becomes a factor. That and Brett Maher has been outstanding both in place kicking and punting.  

Wisconsin has been established as a ten point favorite but I think this game will go down to the end.  It will be tough to beat a quality opponent on the road at night, but this game has the potential to be a memorable one and why shouldn’t it be. First game ever in the Big 10 Conference! Go Big Red!!

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