The Wisconsin Badgers will look to beat the Northwestern Wildcats in their first Big Ten matchup and win their fourth game in a row.
No. 17 Wisconsin has gone on a three-game winning streak since losing their season opener to No. 15 LSU, and the Badgers have thrived with their rush offense while performing solidly on defense.
Running back Melvin Gordon is still in the race for the Heisman Trophy, as he has rushed for 612 yards and eight touchdowns. He rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 32 carries in a 27-10 win over South Florida.
Quarterback Tanner McEvoy has been mediocre throughout the season, but he performed efficiently against South Florida with 160 passing yards and a touchdown on 11-of-18 passing. Wide receiver Alex Erickson caught six passes for 91 yards.
Meanwhile, Northwestern won their second game in a row with a 29-6 road victory over Penn State. Quarterback Trevor Siemian threw for 258 yards and an interception on 21-of-37 passing, but he rushed for three touchdowns, all of which were for one yard.
This helped the Wildcats start 1-0 in conference play, and they will look to improve their Big Ten record to 2-0 as they take on a threatening Badgers rush offense, which ranks fourth in the country with 343.3 rushing yards per game.
The Badgers also rank 11th in the country in scoring defense with 14.5 points allowed per game, so they should be able to control the clock with an early lead over the Wildcats.
Prediction: Wisconsin 38, Northwestern 17