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he college football season is still a good three months away, but that isn’t stopping publications from releasing their 2015 previews. Athlon Sports posted their picks Thursday.
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The final week before all-out Big Ten action typically features a less-than-stellar slate of games, and this year will be no different.
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Not a lot of “wow” factor in Week 3, with Nebraska’s trip to Miami (Fla.) earning top billing. These programs twice battled for the national title, after the 1983 and 1994 seasons. Alas, neither program is of that ilk at the moment—no Tom Osborne, no Howard Schnellenberger, no Dennis Erickson … no legit national title dreams. Still, it will be a fun trip to south Florida for the Cornhuskers, who can send a message with a convincing win under first-year coach Mike Riley.
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The second weekend is highlighted by Oregon’s trip to Michigan State. And Minnesota’s junket to Colorado State drips with intrigue. We also have a rivalry, with Iowa going to Iowa State in a battle for the Cy-Hawk trophy.
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The opening week of action is filled with some interesting clashes headlined by Wisconsin’s neutral site game vs. Alabama and Ohio State’s visit to Virginia Tech.
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It’s always fun to take a look at teams’ non-conference schedules. Which Big Ten team has the toughest 2015 non-con slate? The easiest? See Tom Dienhart’s ranking inside.