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Wisconsin Football: 3 Keys to Victory Against the Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Wisconsin Badgers football quarterback Tanner Mordecai
Nov 11, 2023; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Tanner Mordecai (8) rushes with the football during the fourth quarter against the Northwestern Wildcats at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday is a season-changing game for Wisconsin football. A win and they will continue their bow eligibility streak. A loss and the would have to win at Minnesota next week to gain bowl eligibility. Based on how the Badgers have played the last two weeks, I see little chance Wisconsin goes into Minneapolis and wins that game.

It is also senior night in Madison too. Seniors will get one last chance to make an impact in front of the home crowd. It will be an emotional night for players and their families. Here is what the Badgers need to do to end the home season strong against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Wisconsin Football Needs to Stop the Run

As a team, the Cornhuskers lead the Big Ten in rushing at almost 186 yards a game. On the other hand, their quarterbacks have thrown for eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions. It’s safe to say they will look to run the ball. No Nebraska receiver has caught more than 23 catches and 250 yards.

Wisconsin football needs to stop the run. They have not been good against the run at times this season, The Badgers need to bring the blitz and put the Cornhuskers in passing situations. If they can’t do that, they will lose the time possession. With how bad the offense is right now, they need all the possessions they can get.

Wisconsin Football Quarterback Play Needs to be the Difference

The Nebraska defense is the best in the Big Ten stopping the run. With Braelon Allen not healthy and the overall production from the offensive line, it doesn’t look good for Wisconsin football to establish the run game. However they can’t abandon it. They have to try and keep it honest.

Assuming Tanner Mordecai is under center Saturday, it will be on his shoulders to get the passing game going. I like the connection he has developed with Will Pauling. Bryson Green is also more than serviceable. Mordecai was emotional after the Northwestern loss last week and was vocal about finding guys who care. He needs to back that up and play a good game Saturday.

The Badgers Must Figure Out and Play Who Wants to be Here

Tanner Mordecai and Hunter Wohler made it clear last Saturday. The players need to play better and players have to be all in on this team and this season. We know the pre-season expectations. It’s clear this team under-achieved badly.

However, for a young team, a bowl game is important. It allows for another extra few weeks of practice and finding out who you have in some young players who may not have made a huge difference in the regular season. You can’t have enough exposure in practice during the season. Every day matters.

If there is a player issue, then those players should not play in this game. Every player that steps foot on the Camp Randall turf Saturday needs to be a player that is committed to this Wisconsin football program. If not, it doesn’t do the program and coaching staff any good.



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Dylan began as a staff writer for Badger Notes in August 2023. He has written about Wisconsin Badger Football and Men's Basketball since May 2020. Dylan's work has been featured on Yard Barker, NewsBreak, and Bleacher Reports

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