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Big Ten Championship 2012: Key Players in Nebraska vs. Wisconsin
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After a tumultuous and electric season, the Big Ten Championship Game is finally here.

Nebraska (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) has made it to Indianapolis after capturing the Legends Division, while Wisconsin (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten) was technically third in the Leaders Division, but was able to make it to the conference championship game because of Ohio State and Penn State's postseason bans.

There are several key players to keep an eye out for on Saturday in Indianapolis, from quarterbacks to linebackers.

Here's a look at the key players in the Big Ten clash.

 

Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska

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Taylor Martinez has not only averaged 8.1 yards per pass attempt (first in the Big Ten, via CFBStats.com) while tossing 21 touchdowns to eight interceptions, he's also rushed for 833 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

The junior was named an All-Big Ten first-team selection by the coaches, ahead of Ohio State's Braxton Miller.

The dual-threat quarterback will be pivotal for the Cornhuskers in Indianapolis, just like he has been all season.

 

Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

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An All-Big Ten first-team selection by both the coaches and the media, Montee Ball just broke the NCAA record for career touchdowns after notching his 79th score last week against Penn State.

Ball is ranked seventh in the nation in rushing yards (1,528) and tied for ninth in rushing touchdowns (18) this season.

Nebraska has allowed 4.17 yards per carry this season, 67th in the nation.

 

Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska

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Senior running back Rex Burkhead's return from injury couldn't come at a better time for the Cornhuskers as they head into the Big Ten Championship Game.

Burkhead compiled 69 rushing yards and the game-deciding score against Iowa last week. He faces a stout Wisconsin defense on Saturday (3.40 yards per carry allowed, 16th in the country).

 

Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska

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Kenny Bell is listed as "questionable" with a neck injury (per USA Today), but his presence would certainly be huge for Nebraska.

An All-Big Ten second-team selection by the coaches and the media, the sophomore has racked up 789 receiving yards this season (third in the Big Ten) while posting eight touchdowns through the air.

 

Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin

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Chris Borland was missed against Penn State last week, but he's expected back for the Big Ten title game, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Borland has 4.5 sacks this season and he's been a key component of Wisconsin's run defense. His presence will be felt by Nebraska on Saturday.

 

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