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NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska came into the Rutgers game with the idea that they would start the conference slate on the right foot. A win at home in the conference where very few, if any, teams go on the road and snag a victory.

Well, the mighty Scarlet Knights had a different plan.

Rutgers, a conference doormat for many of the past seasons, came into Lincoln and handed the Huskers their heads on a platter. They were bigger, more physical, and played better together than Nebraska could handle.

As we have said all season, this is Hoibergs first year with a totally new squad. The Big Ten, for the most part, is going to be a meat grinder. As far as I can tell there are two teams that will likely lose most of their games this year. Both of them use the “NU” moniker and are already look up from the bottom.

With the exception of two or three top teams, it should be a free for all. I would expect a lot of joking for the top position. There will be more than one team sitting at the top spot as the season goes on. Also, expect more upsets. Even against those at the top.

In other words, hold on as this should be a fun season in the Big Ten.

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