Nebraska has won six straight games since losing to Ohio State on Oct. 6, including a huge victory over Michigan, and has put itself in position to win the Big Ten Championship.
But Wisconsin, led by star running back Montee Ball, doesn't plan on losing its third consecutive game after narrow defeats to Penn State and Ohio State.
With both teams vying for the Rose Bowl, here's a look at the matchup in Indianapolis on Saturday.
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
When: Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8:17 p.m. ET
Live Stream: BTN2Go
Betting Line: Nebraska -3, Over/Under 49 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)
What's At Stake?
This is not only an opportunity to win the Big Ten championship, but also it's an opportunity to advance to the Rose Bowl.
This is Nebraska's second season in the Big Ten. The Cornhuskers last won a conference title when they captured the Big 12 in 1999.
Wisconsin won the Big Ten last year and officially shared the conference with Michigan State in 2010 due to Ohio State's vacated wins.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
WR Kenny Bell - Neck - Questionable
OL Justin Jackson - Ankle - Doubtful
DT Baker Steinkuhler - Knee - Doubtful
OL Rob Havenstein - Knee - Questionable
LB Chris Borland - Hamstring - Questionable
What They're Saying
Nebraska heads into the Big Ten Championship Game with Rex Burkhead back from injury. The senior running back rushed for 69 yards in the second half in Nebraska's 13-7 victory over Iowa last week. He scored the game-winning touchdown that sent the Cornhuskers to the Big Ten title game.
Head coach Bo Pelini said about the decision to play Burkhead, via ESPN:
I just thought it would be a mental boost for us. I went into the game thinking we're only going to play him if we need him. I asked him, 'How do you feel about it?' And Rex said, 'Let's go.'
Burkhead strengthens a rushing attack that also includes sophomore Ameer Abdullah and dual-threat quarterback Taylor Martinez.
Speaking of talented running backs, Wisconsin senior Montee Ball just broke the NCAA record for career touchdowns, via ESPN. He scored his 79th touchdown while rushing for 111 yards against Penn State last week.
Nebraska Player to Watch: Taylor Martinez, QB
Wisconsin has been strong against the pass and against the run this season, but dual-threat Taylor Martinez is a handful and one of the most improved players in the Big Ten this season.
Martinez has averaged 8.1 yards per pass attempt (best mark in the Big Ten, via CFBStats.com) while posting 21 touchdowns to seven interceptions. He's also rushed for 833 yards and eight touchdowns.
Wisconsin Player to Watch: Montee Ball, RB
Nebraska's run defense can be beat. The Cornhuskers have allowed 4.17 yards per carry this season, 67th in the nation.
Ball has the ability to put up big numbers and become a nightmare for Nebraska, but he curiously averaged just 3.0 yards per carry against the Cornhuskers on Sept. 29.
Key Matchup: Nebraska Run Defense vs. Wisconsin Rushing Attack
The Badgers have allowed just 18.1 points per game this season, 17th in the country, and they haven't given up more than 21 points in regulation since the 30-27 loss to Nebraska.
In that sense, points may be more difficult to come by this time around for Nebraska and that means the Cornhuskers' defense must step up, particularly against the run.
Prediction: Nebraska 27, Wisconsin 24
I think the addition of Rex Burkhead to the lineup and the emergence of Ameer Abdullah this season gives the Cornhuskers the edge in Indianapolis.
I do think Montee Ball will find some room to run against the Cornhuskers, but I don't think it will be enough to topple their Big Ten foes.
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