Originally written on Madtown Badgers  |  Last updated 11/12/14
Wisconsin-michigan

I don't know about you, but it really feels like football is here now that the Big Ten season is upon us. Wisconsin will find it's biggest test so far in 2012 as they take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Things got a bit more interesting than normal during the week as David Gilbert added a few bulletin board quotes for Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez. Add in the fact that the walking wounded includes two other defensive ends and things really will be interesting to start the game on Saturday.

Perhaps the biggest piece of good news is that star running back Montee Ball was cleared, as we expected, to play in the game and that means an extra weapon for the Huskers defense to worry about and take some more pressure off of Joel Stave in his first career road start.

For that exact reason many aren't giving the Badgers a chance, but should we be that worried?

Well, our "Brain Trust" explored that question and more behind the scene and unfortunately, this is the first time I think ever, that we've nearly all picked against our beloved Badgers. So, why don't most of us see Wisconsin winning this game and just how bad will it be? Who picked the Badgers and why? Here are our thoughts on Wisconsin vs. Nebraska:

Andy: To me it comes down to experience. Wisconsin has just as much talent as Nebraska, but it's the experience gap that will hurt the Badgers on this trip to Lincoln, a place we haven't played at since 1973. I think Stave will be a fine option at QB for the Badgers but this is a completely different animal actually. Also, health has to be a concern more so for the Badgers defensive line and that scares me against Rex Burkhead and Taylor Martinez and the rest of the running game.

Prediction: Nebraska 31, Wisconsin 24

Cole: I think the Badgers' D-line will come out strong early against the Nebraska running game. If that happens, I'm not so sure Taylor Martinez can carry the Huskers with his arm. Last year in Madison Martinez struggled a ton against a mediocre Wisconsin secondary. But if the Badger defense has trouble stopping Rex Burkhead and Martinez, it could be a long day for the Badgers. While I agree that the experience gap could be the deciding factor, I also believe that the Badgers have an advantage against an offense like Nebraska's. If the Badgers can get the offense in somewhat of a rhythm, and the defense shuts down Nebraska's ground game, I really believe they'll win this game. Then again, Wisconsin's execution the last few weeks has been terrible, and I'm not sure they'll be any different this week.

Prediction: Wisconsin 24, Nebraska 20

Nate: Perhaps I am being overly negative, but it is not easy to see the Badgers having their way in this one. The Nebraska defense has struggled against the run at times this season, but there are still so many questions up front for Wisconsin. If the holes weren't there in non-conference play, there is nothing that tells me they will be there against the Cornhuskers. The bulk of the Badgers success rushing the ball against UTEP came on the edges, that will be difficult to establish on Saturday. 

When it comes to the defense, I agree with Cole. It comes down to stopping the Huskers' rushing attack. If Taylor Martinez, Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah can establish some success against the Badgers' defense, it is going to get out of hand. Wisconsin must make Martinez beat them with his arm. Given the health issues on the defensive line, that may be a tall order.

Prediction: Nebraska 42, Wisconsin 21

Arman: Well, you'll just have to tune in to Badgers Power Hour for the reasoning and besides, who doesn't love them some Badgers Power Hour, right?

Prediction: Nebraska 41, Wisconsin 17

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao close to deal for fight

TJ Lang: Suh wanted to fight me after stepping on Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Hernandez jurors allowed to watch Super Bowl

Tiger misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate during presser

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rex Ryan: Seahawks need to ‘take the air out of the football’

J.J. Watt buys cabin in the middle of nowhere to train

Six teams have done background work on Peterson

NBA set to earn $700M through streaming deal in China

Wade Phillips is the best coordinator hire this offseason

Bill Belichick gives understated scouting report of Tom Brady

WATCH: Jimmy Butler throws down half-court alley-oop

President Obama zings Patriots over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's Player Of The Year candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots-Seahawks

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Most unexpected MLB free agent signings of past 10 years

Five most villainous Super Bowls of all time

Super Bowl ad focuses on acceptance of gay athletes

Foster says UT boosters paid him $40-50K while in college

Ranking the repeat Super Bowl champions

Eric Decker to Sherman: Time your conception a little better

Could Katy Perry and Russell Wilson be dating?

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Obama zings Pats over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's POY candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots vs. Seahawks

The 13 things we want to see in Super Bowl XLIX

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Tiger Woods, misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Ranking the repeat SB champions

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate

Katy Perry, Russell Wilson dating?

Rex Ryan has advice for Seahawks

Super Bowl: Things you can't control

LeBron and the Cavs are ready to make a run

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.