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The style of play is also likely to remain steady, especially in nonconference games.

The Badgers will using their beefy offensive line to run the ball with Montee Ball and James White to take the pressure off transfer quarterback Russell Wilson. Quarterback Kirk Cousins will be expected to lead the Spartans’ offensive attack and Ohio State will still have a stout defense now led by linemen John Simon, Nate Williams and linebacker Andrew Sweat.

Even the new coaches bring their systems in from previous stops, giving the coaches a chance to watch either other closely before conference play begins.

“There is some history with all these football teams but it’s important to recognize as we move into the season, into Big Ten games, what’s the most recent history,” Michigan State coach Mike Dantonio said. “Regardless of what these new teams have or (who is) new to the Big Ten, they have an established system in place.”

That includes winning. With the Cornhuskers, the conference boasts four of the six programs with the most wins in college football history.

“Everybody’s looking forward to coming and competing in a tremendous conference. You’re competing against a lot of great football teams and great universities,” Pelini said. “We’ll be ready come Big Ten play. It’s a bit of a historic season. It’s going to be a fun season for us.”