The Nebraska football team’s home opener this Saturday could be in jeopardy of being canceled due to COVID-19 concerns for the Huskers opponent, Wisconsin. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported yesterday evening Wisconsin’s test positivity rate is near the limit that would force a Big Ten team to end practice and competition for a minimum of seven days. 

Several media reports said the Badgers starting quarterback Graham Mertz had a second confirmed positive test for the coronavirus and will have to sit out 21 days.  With another of the team’s quarterbacks receiving an initial positive test and yet another being out with a foot injury, Wisconsin could be down to its fourth-string quarterback if the game is played. 

Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander says his unit is also preparing for the Badgers to use running back Garrett Groshek, a quarterback in high school, out of the Wildcat.  

If the game goes on, Saturday’s kickoff at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln is at 2:30 p.m.  The pre-game show starts at 9:30 a.m. on News Talk 900 KJSK and will be joined at 2 p.m. on 93.5 The Hawk.