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#399 Wisconsin -14 vs.
#400 Nebraska 51.5
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 12:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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Week 12 of college football continues as Wisconsin travels to Memorial Stadium to play against Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 12:00 P.M. This will be the 14th meeting between these two teams. These two teams have not met since last season when the Badgers beat the Cornhuskers at home by the score of 41-24.

Wisconsin Look To Keep Conference Title Hopes Alive

Wisconsin enters this game with a solid 7-2 record as it beat Iowa at home last week by two points. That win was crucial for the Badgers as they entered that game on a two-game losing streak. Even though Wisconsin has very slim hopes to make it back into the Big Ten Championship Game, it is still theoretically possible if it wins every game moving forward. Now, Wisconsin gets to face a team that it has beaten in each of the last six meetings so it has a great shot to extend that winning streak on Saturday.

Wisconsin's success is due to star running backJonathan Taylor who has looked like one of the best running backs in the nation this season. Specifically, he already has 1,259 rushing yards along with 15 rushing touchdowns. In addition, he also has four receiving touchdowns as he has turned into the complete package in the backfield. Look for him to have another big game on Saturday.

Defensively, Wisconsin has been amazing up to this point. Specifically, the Badgers are allowing 12.6 points per game which ranks 7th in the nation. In addition, the Badgers are allowing 231.4 yards per game which ranks 2nd in the nation. Now, Northern Illinois enters this game off a bye week so perhaps the added preparation time will lead to a better defensive showing in this game.

Nebraska Looks To Take Advantage Of Bye Week

Scott Frost has the Cornhuskers in terrible form headed into this game. Specifically, Nebraska has lost five of its first nine games this season despite all the preseason hype surrounding this team. In addition, Nebraska enters this game on a three-game losing streak so it is desperate to end that streak on Saturday. Luckily, the Cornhuskers enter this game following a bye week so perhaps they will be able to take advantage of the extra preparation time in order to pull off this home upset with the hopes of returning to a .500 record.

Leading the Cornhuskers offensively is sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez has been underwhelming this season. He has 1,492 passing yards along with seven passing touchdowns. In addition, he is also leading the Cornhuskers with 399 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. However, he has had some serious issues with regard to turnovers and durability which has caused him to underachieve this season.

Defensively, Nebraska has been underwhelming up to this point. Specifically, the Cornhuskers are allowing 29.1 points per game which ranks 79th in the nation. In addition, the Cornhuskers are allowing 406.0 yards per game which ranks 74th in the nation. Now, Nebraska enters this game off a bye week so perhaps the added preparation time will lead to a better defensive showing in this game.

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This conference rivalry has been dominated by the Badgers who have won six straight meetings so I will back them once again in this one. Wisconsin is simply a terrible matchup for Nebraska due to its elite offensive line and rushing attack which should be able to torch Nebraska repeatedly on the ground. As a result, Wisconsin should dominate the time of possession and should force Nebraska to play keep up which will lead to more turnovers from Martinez down the stretch. I think Wisconsin will win by at least three possessions so give me the road team.

Prediction: Wisconsin -14.5

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Wisconsin's defense has not looked as sharp as it did earlier this season while Nebraska's defense has looked underwhelming all season long so I have to take the over. Wisconsin will look to give the ball to Taylor as much as possible and Nebraska should have virtually no shot at stopping him while should lead to at least 35 points. Meanwhile, Wisconsin historically struggles with mobile quarterbacks so I can see him leading the Cornhuskers to at least 17 points. Give me the over as a result.

Prediction: Over 51

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Even though Nebraska is at home for this game, Wisconsin is desperate to keep its conference title game hopes alive and it will need to come out with a fast start in order to accomplish that feat. Wisconsin has also dominated this series in recent years so I think that Nebraska simply does not matchup well on Saturday. I expect Taylor to get going early as Wisconsin has a double digit lead entering the break. Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: Wisconsin 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.