If the Nebraska Cornhuskers want to make it to Indianapolis and earn a chance to end an over-decade-long conference title drought, a win this week at home against the Michigan Wolverines appears to be almost mandatory.
The Wolverines come to Lincoln with an unblemished conference record, while the Huskers have already suffered a loss in league play, with that result coming against Ohio State on Oct. 6.
A win by the home team on Saturday would result in a tie atop the Legends Division, but Nebraska would have the tie breaker and would control its own destiny with a winnable four-game stretch of Michigan State, Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa on the horizon.
Should Michigan win, the Wolverines would be two games better than Nebraska in the loss column. Since the Wolverines have the tie breaker, Michigan would essentially hold a three-game lead in the division with just four to play.
Iowa was positioned to contend for the Legends Division title until last week. The Hawkeyes were tied with Michigan atop the division after an inspiring overtime win over Michigan State, but an inexplicable flat performance in a blow out home loss to Penn State last Saturday seems to have the Hawkeyes trending downward.
The Hawkeyes could still get back in the race. If Nebraska and Iowa win out, the game after Thanksgiving would be the de facto division title clash.
Indiana at Illinois, 11 a.m.
Iowa at Northwestern, 11 a.m.
Michigan State at Wisconsin, 2:30 p.m.
Purdue at Minnesota, 2:30 p.m.
Ohio State at Penn State, 4:30 p.m.
Michigan at Nebraska, 7 p.m. (ESPN 2)