Nebraska coach Mike Riley won’t need to reach into his bag of tricks to motivate his team this week. For the first time this season the Huskers are a decided underdog as they prepare to visit 11th ranked Wisconsin in a key Big Ten West Division clash.
“Being 7-0 going up to Camp Randall against a good Badgers team you don’t really need to motivate these guys and they know what is at stake”, said Husker senior center Dylan Utter. “We set ourselves up for a big game with a great atmosphere and this is the reason you play football.”
The Huskers must try to solve a Wisconsin defense that gives up just over 14 points per game and Utter says the Badgers will use a variety of fronts. Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst says the dual threat of Husker quarterback Tommy Armstrong will provide a unique challenge for the Badger defense.
“That is what is beautiful about sports is we are going to be tested in a different way this week than we have up to this point with what Nebraska does offensively”, said Chryst. “It is a challenge we have got to rise up to.”
The Badgers are 5-2 overall after a 17-9 win at Iowa.