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Quite frankly, I do not believe the Nebraska Cornhuskers non-conference schedule will have adequately prepared the Big Red for their Big Ten opener. If the Huskers were playing Indiana in their first game it would be one thing, but they are going on the road to face the Wisconsin Badgers in what will likely be Nebraska's toughest game all year.
The only game on Nebraska's non-conference slate that might be even slightly challenging is this week's bout with the Fresno State Bulldogs. While the Cornhuskers will have to bring their A-game to get a victory, Pat Hill's squad is not in the same league as Wisconsin. Nebraska is setting itself up for a rude welcome into Big Ten conference play in Madison.
However, I believe by the end of the season Nebraska will have gotten the hang of life in the Big Ten and find themselves in a rematch with the Badgers in the inaugural conference championship game. In the rematch, look for the Huskers to get their revenge.