When looking at the eight games left on Wisconsin’s schedule, there’s one that immediately jumps out: A Nov. 18 contest against Michigan in Madison. It’s the only game the Badgers have on their schedule against a currently ranked opponent.
But it’s not the most important game No. 9 Wisconsin has left says ESPN. No, that game comes this weekend.
ESPN picked the “ biggest remaining games” for each of the top 25 teams this week, and for the Badgers it is this Saturday’s matchup at Nebraska. The Wisconsin-Nebraska game (8 p.m. ET, BTN) pits the only two teams left in the Big Ten West without a conference loss and it would give the Badgers sole possession of first place in their division. And considering Wisconsin’s first four weeks, this is looking like the biggest game of the season for the Badgers in ESPN’s eyes.
Here’s why ESPN considers it so important for the Badgers:
Wisconsin, which beat the Huskers in overtime last season, had a little trouble against Northwestern, and Nebraska seemed to gain a little confidence against Illinois. Nebraska is also the only other team in the West division that hasn’t lost a conference game, so the winner has the inside track to reaching the Big Ten championship game. This might not seem like the obvious answer, but a win over the Huskers gives the Badgers some breathing room later in the season.
A win would push Paul Chryst’s team to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten.
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