Nebraska and Wisconsin open their respective B1G seasons against one another in Lincoln. The sad sack Big Ten is ripe for the taking so both teams are motivated to get off on the right foot. Nebraska looks to do so with some extra motivation from multiple sources:
1. Nebraska looks to avenge its first game as a member of the Big Ten played last year at Camp Randall. What most fans wish was the forgettable beat down administered by the Badgers a year ago is not forgotten by the Huskers.
2. As if last year’s on-field memory wasn’t enough, Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert supplied bulletin board material by calling Taylor Martinez “soft” and saying he “still can’t throw.”
3. Nebraska and Wisconsin both will take the field wearing “futuristic” uniforms provided by Adidas. Like this trend or not, the Blackshirts, sporting black helmets for the first time in school history, will want to live up to the name.
4. The motivational cherry on top of all of that is the fact that this game will be played in the wake of the announcement that Tom Osborne will retire at the end of 2012. I can’t imagine that the Huskers will want the first game played on Tom Osborne Field after the announcement to be a loss.
I know the buzz in Lincoln is strong. Can You Feel It?