SnoTap Badgers Preview: Wisconsin-Nebraska
It’s been a couple weeks since we’ve done this whole preview thing. I want you to know that I didn’t forget about this, rather, my life is a crazy shitshow when we get towards the end of the week. I was out of town last week, and this week, I had too much wine limiting my Friday content since I fell asleep early. As for the badgers game this weekend against Nebraska, it’s under the lights in Lincoln, and why it’s a bigger game for the Cornhuskers than it is the Badgers.
This could be a job saver for Mike Riley
I’m not sure if the new athletic director will keep on Mike Riley next season, but the next two weeks could say a ton about his job status. Riley’s Cornhuskers face off against two top ten teams in Wisconsin and Ohio State, both at home. It’s unrealistic to think this Nebraska team could beat both, but if Riley gets one, it’s a solid feather in his cap when his job comes up at the end of the year.
Tanner Lee, the pick-six maven
Nebraska’s quarterback has a real problem. That problem is throwing interceptions for touchdowns to the other team. Lee is not a good quarterback. Sure, he’s working through the growing pains of being a first-time starter, but Lee showed nothing that makes you think he’s competent. Natrell Jamerson had himself a pick-six last Saturday, and I would not be surprised if Wisconsin gets one or two Saturday evening.
Could history not repeat itself?
Wisconsin-Nebraska is an apparent ‘rivalry’ which I find a little dumb, but in the history of this matchup, Wisconsin has ran all over them. We all remember Melvin Gordon through the snow against Bo Pelini’s defense, which really drove him out of Lincoln. Cornhuskers have a top 25 rushing defense thanks in large part to new Defensive Coordinator Bob Diaco. But have they seen a rusher like Jonathan Taylor? I’m not sure. Taylor is a dynamic back who continues to pound the football for this Badgers team.
I’m taking Wisconsin in this one, and by double-digits. I know it’s a night game, and Cornhuskers want revenge for the overtime loss in Camp Randall, yet I don’t think Nebraska is very good. They haven’t played a team at Wisconsin’s caliber, and as long as the Badgers win the turnover battle, they’ll win the game. UW 31-14