MADISON (WKOW) -- Badger football fans are definitely hoping to see their team beat Nebraska on Saturday in Lincoln, but they are not quite as confident as they were last year.
An estimated 30,000 Nebraska fans came to Madison last year to watch their football team take on Wisconsin. It was the first game UW-Madison hosted between top ten opponents since 1962.
Wisconsin dominated 48 to 17.
This year, expectations for the matchup are a little different.
"I am certainly a little nervous," says Max Meyers, a freshman at UW-Madison. "We've been playing subpar teams and playing with them. So, I'm definitely nervous, but I think we can step up."
"There is definitely a sense of rivalry, especially after last year and our not so great performance at the start of this year," says Ashley Wright, a UW-Madison senior. "So, definitely a little nervous but I'm confident we'll come through."
Students are stocking up on Badger gear to watch from home.
The University Book Store has shirts and jerseys with a special logo for this weekend's rivalry game.
But not everyone in the Badger state will be rooting for Wisconsin.
"I have lived here 25 years but I have still been a Husker fan the whole time," says Tim McClain.
He is part of the Mad City Huskers, a University of Nebraska alumni group that goes to Tanner's Bar and Grill in Middleton every week to watch their team.
"Sometimes when people walk into Tanner's they feel intimidated or shocked," McClain says. "They have this shocked look on their face."
McClain is leaving Friday to go to the game in Nebraska with his daughter, but she'll likely be cheering against him not with him.
"She grew up cheering with us, but I think she's always been a Badger."
And this year, it's official as she starts her freshman year at UW-Madison.
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