The Cornhuskers and Badgers will be playing for first place in the Big Ten West Division on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, and the winner of the game will receive the new trophy. The Freedom Trophy features both schools' home stadiums and an American flag to honor the men and women who have served the country.
The schools announced the new trophy on Monday.
“Trophy games are part of the tradition of college football and I’m thrilled that we’re going to be introducing one into our rivalry with Nebraska,” said Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez. “The Freedom Trophy brings recognition to two historic football venues and it honors our nation’s veterans. It is something I know the coaches, student-athletes and fans of both programs will embrace for years to come.”
“We are honored to partner with Wisconsin in an annual Freedom Trophy game, as both of our football programs and stadiums have rich histories and traditions,” said Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst. “The Freedom Trophy provides a unique opportunity for us to pay special tribute to the brave men and women who have and will continue to defend our nation’s freedom.”
The Badgers and Cornhuskers play annually as members of the Big Ten West. They have met eight times previously, with each team winning four times.
No. 11 Nebraska (8-1) plays at No. 22 Wisconsin (7-2) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.