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While some may argue for Florida versus Alabama to be the game of the week, to me it has to be Nebraska versus Wisconsin. These two Big Ten schools rank next to each other in the polls, and this is the only matchup this week featuring two Top 10 teams.
Nebraska, looking to establish dominance over its new conference, will face its biggest challenge yet, as it must go on the road and beat defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin.
To do so, dual-threat quarterback Taylor Martinez will have to be on his game, like he has been so far this year. Martinez is still looking to become more consistent in the passing game, but where he can really beat you is on the ground, where he is the team's leading rusher at 421 yards (although he is just one yard ahead of running back Rex Burkhead).
The defense has been solid so far this season, but in Nebraska's toughest game so far, against Washington, it gave up 38 points to the Huskies. That number will certainly need to improve if it is going to escape with a win this week.
Wisconsin has found gold in transfer quarterback Russell Wilson. We knew Wilson was talented from his time at N.C. State, but with talent around him like he has with the Badgers, Wilson is even more explosive. Wilson has thrown for over 1,100 yards and 11 TDs to go along with 110 yards on the ground.
Wisconsin's running game has also been solid, averaging over 245 yards a game, 13th in the country. But the real dominating part of Wisconsin's game has been its defense, which is currently ranked third in the nation and has been dominant so far this season.
Both of these teams are playing for pride as well as the chance to be in first place in the Big Ten and show the rest of the conference that they are the team to beat. I expect this game to be well played by both teams, who could end up in the national championship picture by year's end, but Russell Wilson and home-field advantage are enough to push Wisconsin over the top.
Prediction: Wisconsin 31, Nebraska 28