Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker says the formula has stayed the same at Wisconsin and so have the results. Barry Alvarez combined power running with play action passing to turn the Badgers into winners nearly two decades ago and the seventh ranked Huskers will try to slow down that same style of offense when they play 11th rated Wisconsin under the lights in Madison.
“It’s the system”, said Banker. “I am sure somewhere behind the scenes coach Alvarez is making sure that Wisconsin still looks like Wisconsin.” “They have always been good and they continue to thrive with that tradition.”
Wisconsin’s Corey Clement is second in the Big Ten in rushing and junior safety Kieron Williams says the Huskers need to be aggressive against the run without getting beat over the top by play action.
“Their run percentage is much higher than their pass percentage”, said Williams. “This will be a great eye discipline and foot work discipline game to make sure that we are at the right place at the right time.”
The Badgers offer a much different style from the spread offenses the Huskers have seen in recent weeks and senior safety Nathan Gerry says the Huskers need to answer the physical challenge they will provide.
“We are going to be in a boxing match”, said Gerry. “They are going to put us in a corner and we have just got to swing out of it. They just keep hitting you with the same play and whoever lands the most punches is going to win the game.”