Nebraska, meanwhile, has reeled off two straight wins against Rutgers and Illinois after an embarrassing home loss to Northern Illinois in Week 3. First place in the division was at stake.
So, no, this wasn't just another game. It will air live at 8PM ET on the Big Ten Network. And for Wisconsin, a victory would give it a great chance to head into the late-season portion of its schedule undefeated.
Badgers come away with the win 38-17. Not much more can be said about his ability. UW is 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten conference.
After Johnson's goal, the Badgers would continue the scoring drive, tallying a total of three goals by the time that the second period was over.
Particularly after the Cornhuskers appeared to swing momentum their way early in the second half with a defensive touchdown that unleashed a deafening roar from the sellout crowd of almost 90,000.
Penalties made things easier for Nebraska early, as Wisconsin suffered five calls for 55 total penalty yards, making it hard to truly build offensive momentum.
Above all, Wisconsin displayed its ability to adjust effectively to changes in game flow.
Nebraska's defense got a familiar face back in the lineup against Wisconsin, as cornerback Chris Jones made his 2017 debut after missing the first five games to a knee injury he suffered in July.
No. 6 Michigan State men's soccer battled both Wisconsin and the windy and rainy conditions to earn a 1-1 double overtime tie at McClimon Complex in Madison, Wisconsin Saturday night. His 249-yard night was the third most yards Nebraska had given up to a single player in school history.
"The mentality going into the second half is we need to step up and I think we're doing a good job responding", Jacobs said. We served really aggressive and got them out of system a lot. The normally sure-footed senior kicker missed the attempt wide right to keep the Badger edge at 10 with 9:10 left in the first half.
What Taylor did was all too familiar for the Cornhuskers.
"Starting with A.J., we don't want to put the ball on the ground", Chryst said. "That's what we're shooting for and that's what we were able to do the second half".
Jones did not start and had a fairly limited role in NU's cornerback rotation, finishing the game with just two tackles. Instead, Wisconsin showed exactly how far off Nebraska really is to being equipped to weather the storms in big games.
Nebraska honored the 1997 national championship team in Lincoln Saturday, Grant Wistrom led NU through the tunnel walk.
Wisconsin is the better team, but I see the offense having some issues going on the road for a night game with Nebraska.
Ohio State has done nothing but beat the hell out of teams since losing to Oklahoma, and it seems like things are getting worse, as the Buckeyes have won their last two games by a combined score of 118-14.
A Taylor 75-yard scamper regained momentum for the Badgers on the next drive, helping them pull away for a 17-7 lead. It happened again on his pick-six, though Hornibrook rebounded nicely.
Cue the big-play Badgers. That's why this one is so important.
"It's huge for the development of this season", Fumagalli said.