INDIANAPOLIS — Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said I-back Rex Burkhead (knee) is 100 percent for Saturday night, coming off carrying 16 times for 69 yards in the second half at Iowa.
“Obviously he came in and kind of knocked the rust off last week … and it’s business as usual for Rex,” Pelini said.
Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said receiver Jared Abbrederis (head) and linebacker Chris Borland (hamstring) will be full-go for the Badgers. ... No definitive word on whether Mark Pelini or Cole Pensick starts at center for Nebraska, but Bo Pelini said both will play. ... Pelini shrugged at a question about playing the Badgers twice. In nine seasons as an NFL assistant (1994 through 2002), he was exposed to playing division rivals twice every season, “so I’m used to it.” … Bielema said his players were excited to be using the locker room of the Indianapolis Colts, one of the perks of Wisconsin being the home team for Saturday night. ... Badgers starting quarterback Curt Phillips did not travel to last year’s Big Ten championship game. The fifth-year senior stayed in Madison as he recovered from a third knee surgery.