Nebraska wins, sets up Big Ten showdown

Nebraska remained undefeated, and now we can all look forward to that monster matchup in Madison next week.

Nebraska 38, Wyoming 14: All the Huskers really needed to do was get out of this road game unscathed and get to next week's game at Wisconsin. They took care of business in what has become pretty typical fashion this season: with a big second half. Leading just 14-7 at the break, Nebraska broke things open in the third quarter. And when they needed to break the Cowboys' backs, they pounded the ball on the ground in the fourth quarter like they did against Washington a week ago. Nebraska finished with more than 300 yards on the ground for the second straight week, led by Rex Burkhead's 170. And Taylor Martinez didn't have to carry too heavy a load once again.

The Blackshirts didn't exactly shut things down. Wyoming still gained more than 300 yards and missed out on a couple of big-play opportunities. But they did their job, especially in the first half when the Cowboys might have gained some momentum. And they did so without star Jared Crick, though Alfonzo Dennard did make his season debut.

So Nebraska is 4-0, and it has played against much better competition so far than Wisconsin. The Huskers have been challenged in the second half a couple of times already this season, while the Badgers have sailed by with no adversity. Perhaps that will make a difference this Saturday.

We can start to think about all of those things now, because Nebraska did its part to set up this showcase showdown.