Coming from behind after having a 17-point deficit, the Huskers have all of a sudden become serious threats to win the Big Ten and represent the conference in Pasadena.
First things first and they must be able to win the primetimes games in order to win their division. While this is not a must-win game, the Huskers would love to open a lead in order to breathe easy.
While Purdue looks like a safe pick in their own division, the Huskers may take command if they pull off this stunning upset on the road.
Columbus is not an easy road game for any team in the nation and the Buckeyes have the looks of becoming last year’s version of USC.
Braxton Miller is putting on a clinic and is similar to last year’s version of Matt Barkley, which begs the question as to whether anybody on paper is half as good as the Buckeyes?
Some may respond with an answer of who really cares since they are not eligible for anything, but they are still representing the Big Ten with their ability to go 11-1 (like I projected).
While Ohio State has ways to go, the Huskers look as if they are that next best team at the moment. Northwestern may be 5-0 for now, but most are aware of the weak links they have on their squad.
If defense wins titles then Nebraska will show up and give Ohio State everything they can handle.
Both teams are coming off their best victory of the season, but who gets the edge in this one?
Taylor Martinez and Rex Burkhead get the edge in the backfield even against Miller and Jordan Hall (Carlos Hyde), but this one will come down to defense.
Nathan Williams, Johnathan Hankins, John Simon and Garret Goebel are a ferocious front four that are finally living up to the billing. They did not play pitiful by any means in September, but they could have dominated against the likes of Cal and UAB.
This is a very young offensive team (linebackers, secondary too) that is still developing. Devon Smith and Philly Brown are capable player that have the looks of becoming future All-Big Ten selections although they need to improve throughout this season.
Nebraska’s defensive backs struggled bit covering Wisconsin’s receivers which could end up costing them in the fourth quarter.
While Kenny Bell, Kyler Reed and Quincy Enunwa will be blanketed by Christian Bryant, Bradley Roby and Travis Howard (C.J. Barnett), it all comes down to Braxton Miller carrying this program.
The Buckeyes are a legit top 15 squad and they are on the verge of becoming top 10 contenders with Miller continuing to find ways to show off his electric ability.
Time: 8 p.m. Eastern
Experts Pick: OSU by 3.5
Danny V’s Pick: Ohio State 28, Nebraska 26