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No. 3: Iowa (Away, Nov. 28)
No. 2: Wisconsin (Away, Nov. 15)
No. 1: Michigan State (Away, Oct. 4)
Bo Pelini’s “Coach Chickenbleep” press conference at the end of the Iowa game last year—and the attendant speculation as to his continued employment—took some attention away from the entire Iowa bench rushing across the field the moment the game ended to take the Heroes Game trophy and triumphantly raise it over their heads. That should be a moment burned into the memories of Nebraska fans as, finally, this nascent rivalry has some real kindling.
Nebraska’s return to Madison looks to be a salty affair. In Year 2, Gary Anderson should have a powerful rushing attack led by Melvin Gordon, who will battle with Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah for best running back in the B1G. But Wisconsin will be rebuilding much of its defense, which makes Nebraska’s trip to Camp Randall a little more navigable.
The rematch with defending B1G champions Michigan State, on the other hand, looks formidable. The Spartans are settled at quarterback with Connor Cook, whose emergence last year was a key cog in their run to a Rose Bowl crown. While Michigan State has some work to do in rebuilding its defense as well, the Spartans still pose Nebraska’s biggest challenge of 2014.
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