1 | EXCHANGE RATE
Since debuting in the Big Ten Conference in 2011, Nebraska has lost 56 fumbles overall and 36 in 30 league games. Its turnover ratio overall during that time is minus-25. Its giveaway margin in Big Ten games is also minus-25. That includes a minus-six showing overall in three meetings with the Badgers.
2 | NO PASSING FANCY
UW has completed fewer than half its passes on three occasions this season with two resulting in losses: 8-for-24, 33.3 percent vs. LSU and 12-for-29, 41.4 percent vs. Northwestern. The other instance came against Rutgers (8-for-20, 40 percent). All in all, that’s not far off the recent historical rate for the Badgers. Since 1990, they are 26-34 (.433) when failing to complete at least half their pass attempts. Be aware Nebraska has held seven opponents under a 50 percent completion rate this season and is 6-1 when that happens.
3 | GETTING TO KNOW BO
Three opposing coaches known as Bo have brought Big Ten teams to Camp Randall Stadium since it opened for football business in 1917. Strangely, all three have ties to Wisconsin. Bo McMillin was 1-3 with Indiana from 1934 to '47, but before that he was a College Football Hall of Fame quarterback whose bio includes a playing stint with the Milwaukee Badgers in 1922 and '23. Meanwhile, Bo Schembechler was 8-1 with Michigan from 1969 to '89 en route to 13 Big Ten titles and induction in the College Football Hall of Fame, but he famously wanted -- and didn’t get -- the job as UW coach in 1966. Then there’s Bo Pelini, who is 0-1 with Nebraska, but before he put down roots in Lincoln he was a NFL linebackers coach with Green Bay from 2000 to '02.
4 | WARNING LABEL
The introduction of the Freedom Trophy this week means the Badgers now have three rivalry games where the winner gets something cool for the football display case. It’s not a good omen, though. UW lost the inaugural Paul Bunyan’s Axe game with Minnesota 16-0 in 1948 and fell in the first Heartland Trophy matchup with Iowa 30-7 in 2004.
5 | THAT 70s SHOW
UW has scored 70 or more points in a game four times in its history, three coming against Big Ten opponents. Did those embarrassing blowouts give way to some immediate payback? Not so far. The Badgers thrashed Indiana 83-20 in 2010 and followed up with a 59-7 rout of the Hoosiers in '11. UW pounded Northwestern 70-23 in 2010 and, two years later, hung a 35-6 decision on the Wildcats. Next up is Nebraska, which got speed-bagged by the Badgers 70-31 in the 2012 Big Ten title game. This is their first meeting since.