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What's the best way to showcase the Big Ten's new two-division alignment?
Make the best team in each division play each other on week 1 of the conference schedule and you've got the CFGotW.
It's the Nebraska Cornhuskers facing the Wisconsin Badgers in Camp Randall Stadium. A marquee match-up of the No. 8 (or 9 depending on the poll) team versus the No. 7 team in the nation.
It's the preseason favorite in the Legends Division against the preseason favorite in the Leaders Division. And it may come down to the team that is more effective throwing the football.
These two schools with red and white colors love to run the ball.
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball (pictured) enters this weekend as the No. 3 scorer in the nation with 10 touchdowns. Nebraska's quarterback Tyler Martinez and running back Rex Burkhead are No. 2 and 3 respectively in rushing in the Big Ten.
I expect that both teams will use their strong defenses to defuse the opposition's running game, which gives the edge to Wisconsin as they have the highest-rated quarterback in the conference.
Russell Wilson transferred from North Carolina State and is the No. 2 QB in the nation based on quarterback rating.
Wilson has been effective guiding the Badger running game and passing attack. He's one of the reasons the team has looked so dominant in compiling a 4-0 record.
Plus, Nebraska is playing in what may be the most hostile environment for a road team in the Big Ten. As the Wisconsin fans will remind you, Camp Randall is the home of the Badgers.
Expect a lot of noise and a Wisconsin win in week 1 of Big Ten conference play.
Wisconsin 28, Nebraska 23.