Wisconsin Football: Could Nebraska Be the Badgers' Next Rival?

Sam OlesonCorrespondent IJune 14, 2010

LINCOLN, NE  Ð  JUNE 11:  Big Ten Conference Commissioner James Delany (C), flanked by (L) University of Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osbourne and Chancellor Harvey Pearlman (R) inform members of the media that the university has accepted an invitation to join the Big Ten Conference  June 11, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The university will begin integration immediately and start athletic competition as soon as 2011. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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The Heartland Trophy. Paul Bunyan's Axe. Iowa. Minnesota.

The Wisconsin Badgers have two rivalries in the Big Ten. They are against the aforementioned teams and for the aforementioned trophies.

But, could Wisconsin have another rival in the Big Ten?

Well, if Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has anything to say about it, Nebraska—the newest addition to the Big Ten—would be that rival. And, not only would it possibly be for a trophy, but it would be the last regular-season game of the year, a la Ohio State-Michigan.

According to Bielema's Twitter feed, he contacted the Big Ten office on Saturday to see if Wisconsin could schedule Nebraska as their last regular season game of the year on a permanent basis.

If this does happen, a Nebraska-Wisconsin rivalry has the potential to become one of the great battles in college football.

Both teams feature offenses fueled by their rushing attacks and are generally viewed as teams that play hard-nosed, smash-mouth football. Definitely a Big Ten-esque rivalry.

But, don't jump to conclusions just yet. Although Wisconsin may be the first to make a play for a Nebraska rivalry, they certainly won't be the only one.

Iowa, the Big Ten school which will be located closest to Lincoln, will certainly push for a rivalry with the Cornhuskers.

And, although it's located over a thousand miles away, Penn State—the last new addition to the conference—could look for a rivalry with Nebraska because of their lack of a true rival within the conference.

Although nothing will be immediately decided, a Cornhusker-Badger rivalry certainly has a great deal of appeal to it, that's for sure.

Both teams employ a shade of red as their primary school color and games between the two, whether in Lincoln or Madison, would be played effectively in the shadow of a "Sea of Red."

Well, that quality would make the creation of a rivalry trophy pretty easy.

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