Saturday's matchup with the Nebraska Huskers will really be a homecoming of sorts, but it won't feel that way for the Badgers.
Barry Alvarez was a linebacker in Lincoln before putting his stamp on the game as a revered coach of the other Big Red in Madison. Alvarez has freely admitted that he built the Badger program in the mold of his alma mater, and it seemed as though the acorn became the tree when the two teams met last season.
The Huskers are looking to make some firewood though.
Bret Bielema and his new coaching staff will face a road test unlike any other they will see this season. On top of the simple challenge of playing in hostile territory, Wisconsin will be bringing a freshman quarterback, dinged up defensive line and a questionable running back in Montee Ball.
The team's chances are about as slim as its recent margins of victory, but more improbable upsets have already happened this year.