Nebraska Football: 5 Reasons They Would Win Big Ten Title Rematch with Wisconsin
In the first matchup between Nebraska and Wisconsin, the Cornhuskers were embarrassed in a 48-17 loss on the road.
The Cornhuskers could get their chance to avenge the embarrassing loss in the first addition of the Big Ten Championship game between the winner of the Legends and Leaders divisions.
An opportunity to kill the Badgers' BCS national championship hopes would be welcomed by the Cornhuskers.
Neutral Site Game
In the first matchup, Nebraska had to travel to Madison to play Wisconsin, but the Big Ten Title game would be at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The advantage the Badgers had being at home would be nullified, which is a huge factor, as playing on the road is extremely difficult in college football.
A neutral site game in the Big Ten Title game would give the Cornhuskers hope against the Badgers in a rematch.
Despite being blown out in the first matchup against Wisconsin, the Cornhuskers now know what to expect if they were to play in a rematch.
Historically, teams fare better against each other in a second game in the same season, as they have film to use for the game plan.
The Cornhuskers can study Russell Wilson's tendencies against them and game plan to stop them—something they could not do before as they only had film on Wilson against other teams.
After a terrible game against Wisconsin with three interceptions, Taylor Martinez rebounded against Ohio State in a huge comeback win.
Martinez passed for 191 yards and ran for 102 with a combined three touchdowns.
If he is able to continue his streak of success through the end of the season, his confidence will be at an all-time high against the Badgers, allowing him to forget about the three-interception game.
The Cornhuskers will go as far as Martinez carries them, and they will need him to have a big game in order to win a rematch with the Badgers.
In Bret Bielema's six years as Wisconsin's head coach, he hasn't fare all that well against ranked teams.
The win over Nebraska earlier this season was just Bielema's fourth win over a ranked team as Badgers coach.
Overall, Bielema is 4-7 against ranked teams.
The Badgers also haven't won an outright Big Ten Title since 1999, despite winning a share of it last season with Ohio State.
Anything Can Happen
If we have learned anything from college football, it is to expect the unexpected.
In a rematch between Nebraska and Wisconsin, the Badgers would likely be a big favorite, but favorites do not always win.
We saw Boise State beat Oklahoma a few years back, and TCU beat Wisconsin last year. Underdogs win all the time.
If nothing else, the Cornhuskers can lean on the fact that anything is possible if a rematch were to happen between the two teams in a Big Ten Championship game.