Pregame: Gophers vs. Wisconsin

by Nate Gotlieb

The Gophers will battle No. 16 Wisconsin in about 20 minutes at TCF Bank Stadium in their final home game of 2013.  

Minnesota (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) is riding a four-game winning streak.  Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) has won its past five and is a 16.5-point favorite.

Today marks the final home game for 19 Minnesota seniors, including Ra'Shede Hageman, Brock Vereen and Derrick Engel.  

Head coach Jerry Kill said Tuesday he will coach from the coaches' box.  

Here are three things to watch for:

1. Can Philip Nelson and the Gophers move the ball through the air?

Nelson started his first-career game last season against Wisconsin.  He threw two touchdowns, two interceptions and the Gophers lost 38-13.  Nelson has thrown seven touchdowns and zero interceptions during the Gophers winning streak.  

2. David Cobb goes for 1,000

The junior running back has 942 rushing yards this season and has rushed for more than 100 in Minnesota's previous four games. 

3.  Stopping the run

The Badgers are averaging more than 300 rushing yards per game under first-year head coach Gary Andersen.  They rushed for 554 in a 51-3 win last Saturday over Purdue.