The Wisconsin Badgers and the No. 19 Northwestern Wildcats, two teams that can't afford another Big Ten loss, will meet in another crucial early-season conference clash on Saturday.
With Wisconsin and Northwestern both already having a conference loss apiece, one more setback for either will all but eliminate them from Big Ten title contention. Each is coming off a game in which it lost to Ohio State. The Badgers fell by a touchdown on Sept. 28 while the Wildcats dropped their conference opener to the Buckeyes in Evanston, Ill., on Oct. 5.
What doesn't bode well for Northwestern is the fact that this game will take place at Camp Randall Stadium. The Wildcats haven't won a game at Wisconsin since the last millennium, most recently losing in Madison in 2010 by 47 points, but this is a much different Northwestern team that we're talking about three years later.
Playing on a national stage last Saturday night, Northwestern proved it has to be taken seriously after a seesaw battle with the No. 4 Buckeyes. This could be the biggest home game for the Badgers since 2010, when they knocked off top-ranked Ohio State.
So, with both teams coming off heartbreaking losses, which can respond better? Let's get you geared up for it with a preview of one of Week 7's most intriguing games.
Day, Time: Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT
Place: Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis.
TV: ABC or ESPN2
Spread: Wisconsin -10.5 (via Bovada.lv)