Badgers ready for critical closing stretch

Games against Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota will determine fate
Badgers ready for critical closing stretch

A defining three-game stretch to end the regular season has finally arrived for No. 22 Wisconsin.

It begins Saturday, when No. 11 Nebraska visits Camp Randall Stadium.

The Badgers (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) have reeled off four straight victories.

The running game behind Melvin Gordon is rolling, and the top-ranked defense just keeps getting better each week.

The Cornhuskers (8-1, 4-1) represent Wisconsin’s toughest test yet of the conference schedule.

There is already buzz in Madison about the tailback duel between Gordon and Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah — two potential Heisman Trophy finalists.

But the matchup has broader implications with the teams tied atop the West division.

The winner gets an edge in the race for the division title and the trip to conference championship game.