Nebraska Football 2011: Oct. 1st Meeting with Wisconsin Is a Make-or-Break Game

We may be treated to an early preview of the Big Ten championship game on October 1st, when the Nebraska Cornhuskers travel to Camp Randall to take on the Wisconsin Badgers.

Several of the preseason magazines are picking these two to win their respective divisions within the Big Ten.

Wisconsin features a powerful offense with one of the best rushing attacks in the country. The Badgers became a lot more dynamic in the offseason when dual-threat quarterback Russell Wilson chose to transfer to them from North Carolina State.

Nebraska is also very comfortable running the ball; it’s the main part of their attack. Quarterback Taylor Martinez is a definite running threat and will test any defense with his athleticism.

Both defenses are stout and physical, and focus on having very good talent along the defensive line. Jared Crick is almost a sure-fire first-team all-Big Ten selection for Nebraska, and Wisconsin has not given up more than 22 points per game over the last couple of years.

Wisconsin has an advantage over the Cornhuskers, being that this game is being played in Madison. The Badgers boast one of the best home-field advantages in the country.

This showdown will be huge for both teams. We could see a rivalry sprout from this game as two traditional powers face off in a physical, Big Ten battle.

What makes this game even more interesting is that come December, they could see each other on the field again.

With both teams ranked in the Top 15, this game also holds serious national title implications. By the time October 1st rolls around, both teams will likely be undefeated and possibly in the top 10. A loss in this game could be all it takes to ruin the BCS championship hopes for either team.

Bo Pelini and Bret Bielema are two of the most intense coaches you’ll find in any conference in the country, and their personalities come out through their teams. You can expect these coaches to have their players fired up and ready to go for what will be one of the biggest games on the Big Ten schedule this year.

Nebraska could not have asked for a tougher test to open up Big Ten play for them in their first year in the conference. Ball control and good defense will be key for the Cornhuskers in upsetting the Badgers and leaving Camp Randall with a 5-0 record.

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