A trip to Pasadena, California and the Rose Bowl is on the line Saturday night, when Wisconsin (4-4 Big Ten / 7-5 overall) takes on Nebraska (7-1 / 10-2) in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. The Badgers are going for a third straight trip to the Rose Bowl as they play in the conference title game for a second year in a row. Wisconsin is coming off back-to-back overtime losses and qualified for Saturday’s game due to the fact that Ohio State and Penn State were both ineligible for postseason play. Head coach Bret Bielema is not apologizing for his team being in this position…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/BIELEMA14.mp3|titles=BIELEMA1]
Wisconsin lost at Nebraska, 30-27 back on September 29th. Coach Bielema on what he can take away from the film of that game…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/BIELEMA24.mp3|titles=BIELEMA2]
Wisconsin will face a Nebraska offense led by Taylor Martinez. Before their first meeting this season, some Badgers questioned Martinez’s throwing ability. Against Wisconsin, Martinez threw for 181 yards and two scores and on the season he has passed for 2,483 yards and 21 touchdowns. Coach Bielema has been impressed with how Martinez has played this season…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/BIELEMA32.mp3|titles=BIELEMA3]
After allowing 63 points in a loss at Ohio State back on October 6th, the Nebraska defense has allowed fewer than 30 points in each of their last six games. That includes holding three of their opponents under 15 points during that stretch. Badgers junior tightend Jacob Pedersen talked about the Cornhuskers defense…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/PEDERSEN1.mp3|titles=PEDERSEN1]
Wisconsin junior receiver Jared Abbrederis is expected to play after suffering a head injury in last week’s loss at Penn State. Abbrederis is excited to be back in the Big Ten Championship Game…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/ABBY1.mp3|titles=ABBY1]
Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game between Wisconsin and Nebraska can be heard on 93.9 FM WDOR. Coverage begins at 5 PM with kickoff scheduled for 7:17 PM.
Wisconsin is not ranked in either poll this week. Nebraska is 14th in the Associated Press Media Poll and 13th in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Wisconsin is 3-4 all-time against Nebraska. The Badgers are 1-0 against the Cornhuskers in games played at a neutral site.
Wisconsin is 5-1 in night games played at a neutral site.
With a win, the Badgers would make three straight appearances in the Rose Bowl. They would become the first Big Ten team to accomplish that feat since Michigan appeared in Pasadena from 1977-79.
A win would also secure Wisconsin’s third straight Big Ten title. It would be the first time in school history that the Badgers won the conference title in three consecutive years.