No. 8 Wisconsin (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) at Northwestern (4-4, 3-2), 12 p.m. (ABC) Line: Wisconsin by 6½.
No. 8 Wisconsin (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) at Northwestern (4-4, 3-2), 12 p.m. (ABC)
Line: Wisconsin by 6½.
Series record: Wisconsin leads 57-35-5.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Wisconsin moved back into the Top 10 after beating then-No. 7 Nebraska 23-17 in overtime last week and is trying to catch the Cornhuskers for the Big Ten West lead. The Badgers are one of four teams in the division one game back at 3-2 in conference play. That group includes Northwestern, which nearly pulled off an upset at Ohio State last week. The Wildcats lost 24-20 after they had to settle for a late field goal after driving to the 3.
Wisconsin QBs Alex Hornibrook and Bart Houston vs. Northwestern front seven. Wisconsin has been going with a two-QB system in recent weeks to give the offense a change of pace, with Hornibrook starting over the more mobile Houston. The results have been mixed. Houston was the QB on the drive that led to the go-ahead TD run in overtime last week.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wisconsin: LB Ryan Connelly. He was selected Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week for an 11-tackle performance against Nebraska. Connelly is helping fill in for leading tackler Jack Cichy, who is out for the year with a torn pectoral muscle.
Northwestern: QB Clayton Thorson. Thorson has thrown for at least 250 yards the past three games and is third in the Big Ten in passing (242.8). WR Austin Carr. The conference's leading receiver, he had eight catches for 158 yards against Ohio State.
FACTS & FIGURES
Northwestern has won six of 10 against Wisconsin, including four straight at Ryan Field. ... With Corey Clement rushing for 164 yards against Ohio State and 134 at Iowa and Dare Ogunbowale going for 120 against Nebraska, the Badgers are on a streak of three straight games with a 100-yard rusher. The last time that happened was when Melvin Gordon ran for 100 or more in 10 consecutive games from Sept. 20 to Nov. 29, 2014. ... Wisconsin ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring defense (14.6 points per game) and third in total defense (301.1).