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The Road to the Big Ten Championship: Michigan at Nebraska

October 26, 2012

College Football

Probably THE match up in the Legends Division this season as the two top teams in the division face off during their attempt to reach the title game. Michigan currently is undefeated in the Big Ten and Nebraska’s only conference loss was to Ohio State from the Leaders Division.

Michigan’s defense has been getting better and better as the season goes on and Nebraska’s defense has faltered back and forth. Michigan is currently ranked as the 10th overall defense in the country as Nebraska takes their position at 43. Defense is always a key to winning games but may be the vital element winning this game. Nebraska has struggled to stop duel threat quarterbacks but with Denard Robinson’s struggle at passing this season they may not face that much danger from the passing game.

A tough blow for the Huskers is that they will have to play without their running back Rex Burkhead who has been battling injuries this entire season. What is in their favor though is that quarterback Taylor Martinez has just come off of one of his best performances in his career in their win at Northwestern last week.

Last season Denard Robinson lead the Wolverines to a blow out win against the Huskers at home with a final score of 45-17. You know Nebraska will be looking for revenge but Michigan will settle for nothing less than a trip to the title game this season. Expect to see both teams put everything on the line and maybe even some trick plays used if the game is kept close enough.

The 2011 season was the first year Nebraska was a part of the Big Ten and they expected to dominate the conference but were rather humiliated and Michigan is under Brady Hoke for their second season and are looking to return to a position of dominance in the conference.

After this Saturday’s game neither team has an easy schedule, Michigan State, Penn State, Northwestern, and Ohio State are capable of beating either Nebraska or Michigan and Iowa has even been known to be a stumbling block for Big Ten teams in the past. Yes chances are whoever wins this game will represent the Legends Division in the title game but it’s not guaranteed, they will have to focus on the rest of their schedule following this game and finish out strong.

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