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Once the end of the season rolls around, will we look back on this game as the Game of the Year in the Big Ten? The case can be made, especially if both teams end up atop their respective divisions when it's all said and done. Shame we won't be able to see a rematch in Indianapolis.
At any rate, this is a most deserving choice for prime-time games, because it offers not only the arguably two best teams in the conference, but a host of intriguing matchups as well. Can Braxton Miller get free against a Nebraska defense that hasn't given up 300 yards of offense since the UCLA debacle? Can Spencer Long hold his own against Johnathan Hankins on the interior?
And most importantly: Can Taylor Martinez throw effectively against a back seven like Ohio State's?
Yes, the game's in Columbus under the lights, but this is by no means a guaranteed win for Ohio State—especially on the heels of a physical game like what Michigan State gave it. Nebraska's going to come after the talented but green OSU linebackers like nobody else has or will all year long.
This should be a four-quarter affair, and if it's not, we've got a new king of the Big Ten this year. We're probably getting one anyway. Expect a slugfest with big plays, big hits and big drama down the stretch.
Final score: Ohio State 31, Nebraska 30