Nebraska's recent history against top scoring defenses suggests Huskers have a chance in Madison

Nebraska's Kyler Reed, left, takes a reception past Michigan State defender Isaiah Lewis for a gain of 38 yards in the fourth quarter in 2012. Nebraska won 28-24 over the Spartans, who finished fourth in total defense that season.

When a team has one of the nation's 10 best scoring defenses, it follows that opposing offenses are generally in for a long, tough day on the scoreboard. 

This week, NU faces Wisconsin, which currently has the nation's No. 4 scoring defense, allowing 14.3 points per game. The Badgers had the nation's No. 1 scoring defense in 2015. 

Since 2009, Nebraska has faced 11 teams that ended the season among the nation's top-10 scoring defenses. How did the Huskers fare? Let's take a look: 

Year, Opponent, NU points, NU total yards, + or - opponent's scoring defense average. Wins are in bold.

2015, Wisconsin, 21, 325, +7.3

2013, Iowa, 17, 288, -1.9

2013, Michigan State, 28, 392, +14.8

2012, Michigan State, 28, 473, +11.7

2011, South Carolina, 13, 253, -5.4

2011, Michigan, 17, 260, -.4

2011, Penn State, 17, 331, -2.3

2011, Michigan State, 24, 270, +5.7

2010, Missouri, 31, 454, +14.9

2009, Oklahoma, 10, 180, -4.5

2009, Virginia Tech, 15, 343, -.6

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Nebraska record: 5-6

Nebraska points average: 19.1

Nebraska yards average: 324.45

Tell you what: If NU hits those averages, it'll firmly be in Saturday's game. It may not win the game, but those are numbers that can hang with Wisconsin. 

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