No. 19 Northwestern (4-1, 0-1 Big Ten) at Wisconsin (3-2, 1-1), 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN2)

Line: Wisconsin by 10 1/2.

Series record: Wisconsin leads 56-33-5


Both teams are trying to shake off stinging losses to Ohio State and avoid a two-game skid in the Big Ten. The Wildcats can still keep pace in the Legends Division with a victory. The Badgers are coming off a bye but face a steeper challenge after losing to the Leaders Division rival Buckeyes two weeks ago.


Northwestern QBs Kain Colter and Trever Simien vs. Wisconsin LBs. Really, Colter is more than just a quarterback, and Northwestern's offensive scheme can confound opponents. But the Badgers have one of the best linebackers in the country in Chris Borland, a heady player who can figure things out quickly. The linebackers may have to adjust on the fly to mismatches to contain Northwestern.


Northwestern: Colter. Simien has thrown for more yards, but Colter always draws attention by where he's lining up if he's not the only quarterback on the field. Last week Colter caught his first pass of the season — a touchdown — to go with his fourth rushing score. Oh — he was 12-for-12 passing for 98 yards, too.

Wisconsin: RB Melvin Gordon left the Buckeyes game two weeks ago with a left knee scare. Turned out to be just fine. But the Big Ten's leading rusher (139.6 yards per game) has been peppered with questions since then about whether he's OK. He can prove it on the field Saturday.


The teams' first meeting since Nov. 27, 2010, when then-No. 5 Wisconsin crushed Northwestern 70-23. ... The Wildcats are completing a Big Ten-best 72 percent of passes, which also ranks fourth nationally. ... Northwestern K Jeff Budzien has converted 125 straight extra-point attempts, one shy of tying the conference record. ... Wisconsin is just one of three teams to have a player averaging more than 100 yards per game in rushing (Gordon) and receiving (Jared Abbrederis, 114.4). Baylor and LSU are the other schools.