BRR's No. 23 Wisconsin at No. 20 Nebraska Preview
By: Josh Harvey
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A Husk to grind: CLICK HERE
Wisconsin Friday notes: CLICK HERE
* The Huskers look to start 1-0 in Big Ten Conference play.
* Nebraska will have one of the largest recruiting weekends in the Bo Pelini era.
* The Huskers will look to avenge a 48-17 loss in Madison last year - their first game in the Big Ten.
* Wisconsin's Montee Ball and Rex Burkhead were both 1st team All-Big Ten running backs a year ago.
Bo Pelini Thursday practice report:
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Head Coach: Bret Bielema (7th season)
Defensively they are 86th in the country against the pass, which means Nebraska junior quarterback Taylor Martinez should be able to go through the air.
It's amusing to me how quickly analysts forget things. Most who have a problem with Nebraska will point to the UCLA game, but let's remember the Huskers were without senior All-Big Ten running back Rex Burkhead. While sophomore Ameer Abdullah played well, it's interesting to think how play calling might have been different in the fourth quarter with a healthy Burkhead. If Nebraska wins that game, the Huskers would be knocking on a spot in the Top Ten at the moment.
I don't really see this one being even this close, Wisconsin gets one late. The Badgers just don't have the weapons the Huskers do this year.
Big Red Report Prediction:
Getting to know Wisconsin
The only problem was that the Badgers took steps back defensively, has issues in the kicking game and gave up a season-high 26 points to arguably the worst team on their non-conference schedule. Other than that, they are fine.”
“It was evident talking to the linemen that the frustration was mounting. Markuson spent 14 years in the SEC and while he has a wealth of experience, that knowledge came from years in the spread offenses. When he tried to apply some of the things he learned in spread offenses to Wisconsin’s blocking techniques, it, according to one player, was a colossal failure. There were also issues with accountability and Markuson’s family still living in Mississippi that contributed to the change.
“The o-line coach Bielema hired – graduate assistant Bart Miller – is a discipline of former offensive line coach Bob Bostad, having played and coached under the now current Tampa Bay Buccaneers OL coach. The players have embraced Miller and we’ve seen the line take small steps forward in the last two weeks to be a more physical unit. From the Utah State to the UTEP game, it was evident that there is improvement.”
“Stave finished with a pass efficiency rating of 182.0, the fifth-best mark in a starting debut by a UW quarterback. With all that having been said, Stave did make the typical young mistakes, including telegraphing an out route that was easily intercepted that led to a field goal. Unlike last week where the debate was who was going to start, Bielema has already named Stave the starter, who calls a cool, confident person. We’ll certainly find out if that’s true this weekend when he’ll certainly face more adversity.”
“Defensively, Wisconsin needs to eliminate the big play and respect outside containment. It wasn’t Taylor Martinez, but the Badgers defended against a dual-threat quarterback in Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton. Generally, Wisconsin has success against him, but lost outside containment on five occasions. It’s the main reason Keeton passes for 181 yards and rushed for an additional 75. If the Badgers can keep Martinez in check and force some turnovers like they did last year, they might have a chance.”
I'm 3-1 on the season, after picking Jamal Turner last week. JT didn't come through for me, although I thought he was going to bust one or two on special teams.
This week I have to go with T-Magic. If you don't understand, just read the quote below.
Quote of the week:
“It still looks like he’s skipping rocks out there to me.”