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As a Nebraska fan, I struggled with being this optimistic. The Huskers are learning a brand new offense and joining a brand new conference. That's not exactly a recipe for success.
But what they do have going for them is they seem to be joining at just the right time.
After news surfaced of Jim Tressel's resignation, Ohio State opened a door for all other Big Ten teams.
Although Ohio State will still be one of the favorites in the Big Ten, with their five stars eventually returning from suspension to rejoin players like Michael Brewster and Brian Rolle, they'll be fighting more of an uphill battle this time around.
During what will almost certainly be a rough transition period psychologically, windows of opportunity present themselves to other conference contenders including the Huskers, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State and Iowa.
While the Badgers return running backs Montee Ball and James White to go along with a usually solid defense, the offensive line and quarterback positions took a significant hit with the departure of John Moffitt, Gabe Carimi and Scott Tolzien.
The Michigan State Spartans also look strong at running back with Edwin Baker and Le'Veon Bell and look to have a strong passing game with quarterback Kirk Cousins and receiver BJ Cunningham. However, they were suspect on defense at times in 2010 and lose star linebacker Greg Jones.
The Hawkeyes and Nittany Lions both look to have solid teams as always, but Iowa may have a stressful season in the wake of the player hospitalizations, and Penn State has disappointed in recent years when touted as a possible championship contender.
That leaves Nebraska, who admittedly has just as many question marks offensively as any or all of the above teams. The difference is on defense.
The Huskers return three All-America candidates, one for each level of the defense, in seniors Jared Crick, Lavonte David and Alfonzo Dennard to lead what could be the Pelinis' best defense yet.
Pair that with a young but possibly explosive offense that will include Rex Burkhead, Taylor Martinez Brandon Kinnie, Kyler Reed, freshman sensation Jamal Turner and more, and the Huskers have the foundation laid for a run at dominance.
Whether that begins this year is a huge question mark, and I'll probably regret this, but I'll take the risk and pick the Big Red for the Big Ten.