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“The thing I remember about that game was the environment was something that every player dreams of. It was great. The lights, the cameras, the energy on our sideline, and we hope it’s very similar this weekend,” Ball said. “You play on a pro field, so that’s very special and it felt like a bowl game. It was just very fun to be a part of.”

Wisconsin made it back to Indy despite losing quarterback Joel Stave with a broken collarbone for the final month of the season and going with little-used Curt Phillips at quarterback. Phillips has been sacked nine times in the last three games, and Badgers linebacker Chris Borland has been bothered by a leg injury.

“They are different situations and I think we have different teams, too,” Borland said comparing this year’s trip to Indy against last year. “There’s no lull in excitement, though. We do come into this year with five losses and that’s different, but we’re not that far off from being undefeated, so I think we’ll come into this game with a lot of excitement and try to win our third straight championship.”

Nebraska, meanwhile, would settle for just one elusive December win.

It should have running back Rex Burkhead, who returned from a sprained left knee last week against Iowa, , and the Cornhuskers have won six straight.

Will it be enough to win a title? The upperclassmen can only hope so.

“It’s good to be back in a conference championship game again,” Burkhead said. “The first two times we were in it, it was kind of a bum deal. Being part of Coach Bo (Pelini’s) first recruiting class, we had it as one of our goals to win a conference championship, and we have a chance to do that.”