But now it's real. The days of playing Kansas State and Missouri are over. Now it's Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. All the anticipation reaches a crescendo tomorrow night in Madison, Wisconsin. Seemingly tens of thousands of Husker fans will be in the area...perhaps has many as 40,000 in the area, and maybe 20,000 in the stadium. It's a historical moment and many people just want to be a part of it. ESPN GameDay will start things off as the sun rises, and ABC's primetime telecast will take us well past sunset.
What do I expect? Heck if I know. Nebraska has been inconsistent this season. Wisconsin hasn't played anybody. The Nebraska team that emerged from halftime against Washington will win this game... easily. The Nebraska team that played the first half of the Fresno State game probably gets blown out. I've ran through every scenario in my mind: blowout win, blowout loss, close game. Taylor Martinez taking the nation by storm with a performance like he had on the road last year against Washington, Oklahoma State, and Kansas State. Or Martinez melting down like he did late in the Big XII championship game.
I've been asked time and time again what my prediction is. My mind doesn't compute this one. Too many variables, too many possibilities. So I've taken the approach that it's a historic game, and needs a historic score. And I look back towards some of those classic matchups between Nebraska and Oklahoma, two Big Reds in the 70's. 35-31 perhaps? Maybe. But I'm going back to my first Nebraska-Oklahoma game in 1978. John Ruud decapitating Kelly Phelps. Billy Sims fumbling on the three yard line.