With the way NU plays defense and the way Wisco plays offense...I wouldn't expect this game to get "ugly". Personally, I think if NU is going to beat one of the top teams in the Big 10 this is the team to do it against. Both really good defensive teams means it has a chance to be a very low scoring affair and if that's the case it won't be out of reach going into the last 5 minutes or so.
I doubt NU will get blown out (lose by 20+). Wisconsin doesn't score points at a quick enough rate to blow most teams out like that. I could see NU struggling, and only scoring something like 45 points, though. Had this game been later in the season, when Wisconsin might not be fully prepared, this would be a good bet for an upset, due to Wisconsin's type of offense. I can't see Wisconsin overlooking NU, in their first conference game though.
Don't know that I like our chances tonight. Hope I am wrong. We could see our Big 10 basketball season start very similarly to our football season. But as Porkchopexpress pointed out, Wisconsin isn't a prolific scoring team, so if we can keep it close at home, you never know.
I hate the idea of a Conference Game in the December. Oh well.