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Nebraska Cornhuskers Vs. Oklahoma Sooners: Big 12 Championship Features Perfectly Matched Teams

The Big 12 Championship between Oklahoma and Nebraska features two teams that match up very well.

After a memorable season where several teams proved themselves strong yet not a single one dominated, it's a fitting end that the Big 12 Championship comes down to the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Oklahoma Sooners. The two teams emerging at the top complement one another in all the right ways to make certain that even the last game of the 2010 season comes down to the wire.

The all time series is nearly even with Oklahoma winning 44 of the 85 total contests between the two teams. Nebraska won last year's contest, however, and seems to be a slight favorite given the match-up of the team's strengths and weaknesses. Oklahoma's high flying passing attack ranks fourth overall in college football, yet Nebraska's defensive calling card is a stellar pass defense led by All-American Prince Amukamara. They held Washington's Jake Locker to a horrific four of 20 passing attempts for 71 yards and two interceptions, and held Missouri's Blaine Gabbert to a pedestrian 18/42 for 199 yards.

The advantage for Nebraska comes in their high powered rushing attack (8th overall) led by Roy Helu Jr. and Rex Burkhead and certainly aided by Martinez' running ability from the QB position. Oklahoma's been susceptible to the run all season, on the other hand, and this might present the match-up that breaks this game wide open. Baylor put up 237 rushing yards, Missouri hit 200 and Texas A&M's Ryan Swope had a 136 yard day in a loss earlier this month. At times, OU looks strong against the run and they're going to have to find their form early and often against Nebraska's relentless running game.

Both teams are also dealing with minor injuries. Bo Pelini still won't tip his cards as to his starting quarterback, but Martinez isn't back to full health after dealing with both a sprained ankle on his right footand toe injury on his left. If he can't go, Cody Green can and luckily he's garnered at least some starting experience in last week's win over Colorado where he helped put up 45 points on a slightly surging Colorado team. The plus side for Pelini is that he doesn't need his QB to take his team over the top with the rushing attack.

On the flip side, Oklahoma is looking at leading rusher DeMarco Murray with a watchful eye after hurting his knee in last week's game against Oklahoma State. The early word is that Murray's looking good and that he should be ready, but a knee injury can linger and affect the running game in so many ways. Again, however, the team certainly values Murray, but their ability to light up the passing game helps ease the burden.

Either way, the Big 12 Championship should be another slugfest that won't fully unfold until the final minutes of the game. That's been the story of the Big 12 all year, so why should it change now?