LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) -- It's been a bumpy start for the Huskers this season but Head Coach Scott Frost said Monday, "I'm hoping that this beginning of the season is a turning point for this football team."
The coach said the experience of the season's opening games has opened the eyes of some of the players who are stepping up to the challenge. Coming off the loss to Purdue on Saturday and facing the hurdle of Wisconsin this week, Frost said, "I can see a change now."
Nebraska will travel to Wisconsin on Saturday for its second road test in three weeks against a nationally ranked opponent. Kickoff from Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday evening.
Nebraska heads to Wisconsin with an 0-4 record and an 0-2 mark in the Big Ten Conference. The Huskers fell to Purdue, 42-28, on Saturday in Lincoln despite a strong offensive effort. Nebraska gained 582 yards in the loss, with a balanced attack that featured 259 rushing yards and 323 yards through the air.
Wisconsin has captured the past two Big Ten West crowns and enters the matchup with a 3-1 record, including 1-0 in Big Ten play. Wisconsin is ranked No. 16 in this week's AP poll and 12th in the coaches poll. The Badgers opened conference action on Sept. 22 with a hard-fought, 28-17, road win at Iowa, before having a bye last weekend.
The Badgers have their traditional power running game in full gear in 2018, averaging 266 yards per game on the ground to rank first in the Big Ten and eighth nationally. Wisconsin has also been tough on defense early in the season, allowing just 14.5 points per game.