LINCOLN, Neb. — As the matchup between the two top Big Ten West teams circles this week murmurs of a budding rivalry between No. 7 Nebraska and No. 11 Wisconsin are starting to spread around the Internet.
Badgers coach Paul Chryst countered that argument during Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference, saying he and his players have a healthy amount of respect for the Huskers, and he’s not sure rivalry is the right word.
“Certainly their teams are competitive and this year’s no different,” Chryst said of Nebraska. “I’ve only been involved in a couple and they’ve been really good, good teams playing and good games.”
Chryst said this is one of those games his players know will be challenging, and they know what they’re up against.
“It’ll be a well-coached and talented team and we’ll have to prepare well to give ourselves a best chance got to do a great job,” Chryst said.
But a rivalry?
“I don’t know about the other stuff,” he said.
Nebraska has lost three straight games to Wisconsin and been outscored by the Badgers 230 to 120 since the Huskers came into the Big Ten in 2011.
Since Nebraska came into the Big Ten, the two played each other for a Big Ten Championship in 2012, and gave us some rather notable games, including Melvin Gordon’s 408 yard rushing day in 2014, Nebraska’s come-from-behind victory in 2013, and Wisconsin’s come-from-behind victory in 2015.