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Softer schedule should help Cornhuskers in Big Ten

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Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez needs 2,409 yards passing and 142 yards rushing to join Colin Kaepernick as the only other player in FBS history to reach career marks of 9,000/3,000.

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Nebraska's initiation to the Big Ten is over, and the Cornhuskers, with an assist from the schedule, may be set up to make hay. Coach Bo Pelini starts his sixth season in Lincoln with one of the nation's most dynamic offenses and a young defense that will benefit from playing its first five games at home.
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