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Bo Pelini, coach of the organization possibly standing in Northwestern's way
No Ohio State, Wisconsin or Purdue on the schedule.
Nebraska will be a very tough game, especially having to travel to Lincoln.
Nebraska has to face Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Penn State.
Ohio State has Michigan State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Purdue, Penn State and Michigan on the schedule.
The Wildcats always match up well against Iowa, Penn State and Michigan State.
The experience must come into play against these teams. They have had major problems finishing games over the past two years.
Northwestern led in their matchups against PSU and MSU last year, but could not get the job done. This is where a defensive leader like Vince Browne needs to take charge and shut down the opposition.
Their out-of-conference opponents are Boston College, Eastern Illinois, Army and Rice.
BC is pegged to finish third in the Atlantic division of the ACC.
Rice is picked to finish fourth in Conference USA West and Northwestern beat them 30-13 last season.
Eastern Illinois should finish no higher than fifth in the Ohio Valley.
Army should put up a fight. Their appearance and victory in the Armed Forces Bowl last year ended a 13-year drought for the program.