They've sure looked beatable for 5 straight games, but are on a Notre Dame-esque streak of catching breaks.
They've got two of the weaker B1G teams remaining in Minny and @ Iowa.
They'll lose to Wisco in the B1G championship, and then again in the Rose Bowl. But I think we're on the outside looking in. Too bad.
Losing both the championship game game and the Rose Bowl? Not sure that's possible unless you've got Wisconsin in the MNC game.
Nebraska has been so lucky, they'll go to the Rose Bowl because Wisconsin will be stuck in Madison due to a freak blizzard the shuts down the airport for a week. BKFinest it.
I mean, anyone can lose. But I predicted at the start of the season that their OL would fall apart with one injury, and instead they've got three walk-ons on the interior who are far better than our all-RS senior 4-star and above interior OL, and the guy who was a starting tackle last year is depth.
Nebraska seems pretty unkillable. But you never know with this conference. BIG TENNNNN!
Yea, but Nebraska can pick any 3 guys off the plow and get 3 serviceable lineman.
Gophers in Lincoln and anyone in Iowa City seems unlikely at this point.
I mean, the Gophers are our best shot and this time last year they were killing Gopherquest.
Nebraska thread is just a good excuse to post this
Boy, they sure didn't look unbeatable when they beat us. My head says they'll win out, but who knows, maybe Minnesota will show up to play.
They sure are catching some calls that are IFFY!
Technically there's a chance... but it's not gonna happen.
So you're sayin' there's a chance?
Kinnick Stadium has weird voodoo upset magic. I believe.
on Bo Pelini. He'll forget how to coach since his head won't have a tendency to explode.
GERG Davis has destroyed the magic.
slim and none. And slim left town.
for the B1G in bowl games. I realize the conference is down but Nebraska has been winning on luck and bad calls to the point I have hate for them. If they make the Rose Bowl I hope they play Oregon and lose by 60.
I've always hated Nebraska. I was p*ssed when they joined the B1G and even more p*ssed when they were placed in the same division as UM. Now, I am SUPER p*ssed because they have been luck-ing their way to wins the entire season and are probably going to play for the conference championship.
get negged for this, but it's not as if Michigan hasn't had some luck too. You do recall, Michigan needed field goals with less than 10 seconds in two of its B1G wins.
The calls that are benefitting Nebraska are borderline inside job. How is that not a touchdown yesterday........yet they benefit. They have gotton more breaks than any team not named Notre Dame.
1. They benefit from a nerve injury.............and get introduced to Bellamy and not Devin.
2. Sparty get hosed on a few calls AT HOME and Nebraska benefits
3. Nebraska gets the benefit of an obvious touchdown call scored against them as well as a few questionable calls in addition to that.
This stretch of games was their gauntlet and they made it through
Yep......I am hating them a bit
Yesterday was the worst of all. That TD was pretty clear. Either the replay officials are totally incompetent or are on the take. Neither one is a desirable scenario.
Also, the safety was pretty questionable. The ref sat there for 20 seconds pondering the ramifications of the call. On the replay it was apparent that McGloin was outside of the tackle box when he threw the ball (despite what Spielman was trying to convince the audience of).
They still have to play the games, of course its unlikely they lose but football isn't played on paper so go Gophers!
About as good a chance as my fat ass has hooking up with Kate Upton.
Stranger things have happened. Just look at the CFB news from today.
Yeah I'm concerned that we have so much trouble defending options, especially since hoke and co put extra emphasis on beating Ohio. If we struggle against NW, what does that say?
Yup, I'll risk some neg of my own and say our winning out is almost as unlikely as Neraska losing. We will have our hands full in Columbus.
It is unlikely they will in the regular season though nobody thought NW would beat them there last year either.
Not sure the Minnesota 2012 is quite as good as NW 2011 but they are probably not far off.
Also Nebraska could get caught napping and theist few weeks has to have taken an emotional toll on them.
Let's take care of our business and see what happens.
Iowa is good for one inexplicable win a year. Unfortunately, they already had that win, at MSU. So I'm going to say no.
Did Minny have their inexplicable win yet this year?
Pretty much any win against FBS competition.
But now that MSU is 5-5, that game isn't quite as inexplicable. Maybe that didn't fill their quota.
Assuming we beat Iowa (knock on wood) they'll be playing Nebraska for their 6th win and bowl eligibility at home. Maybe that's a game Iowa can pull an upset on.
to Purdue today dropped them to 4-6, so if Michigan beats them they would be eliminated from bowl contention. Assuming Michigan beats Iowa like they should they Iowa would basically being playing for nothing, except for pride against Nebraska. Normally I would say it is the type of game Iowa could pull an upset in, but at this point their QB has 4 tds for the entire year and they don't a RB left on the roster.
Only hope is that Nebraska commits a ton of mistakes against Minny or Iowa to give one of those team's a chance, which I guess is slightly possibly because Nebraska has been the most mistake prone team in the league. Who knows maybe karma will catch up with them, and they will lose a game they should win, due to bad calls going against them or something.
... we had our chance and caught a bad break at the wrong time. All we can do now is hope the Wolverines win out and someone steps up against Nebraska, but I expect we'll miss out on the championship this year.
Still, 9-3 and a bowl game with wins over MSU and OSU would be better than I hoped for at the start of the year. Go Blue!
Well NU is playing with fire and finding ways to win close games, at some point they will lose. probably the BiG's luck it will be in the rose bowl.
In 9-3 scenario, we would play in the citrus bowl against the likes of Florida/LSU/Georgia. That's pretty wicked! Les bowl would be a hot mess!
Possible but no Probable!! Then again that was the answer on can Michigan Win with 18 seconds to go, down 3 on their own 36 six... Hmmmmm... Possible :)
Even using the most recently published Sagarin numbers (which are last week's at the moment, so this could change some in a couple hours since Minnesota won and Iowa lost), right now Nebraska would be favored by 17 versus Minnesota and 8 points against Iowa if those games were played today essentially. Those seems fairly realistic, especially the Minnesota line since the game is at Lincoln.
Even last week's Massey numbers put out 92% probability that Nebraska beats Minnesota, and I can't imagine this changing much when the numbers update. The last published number for their game against Iowa was 77%, but after the Hawkeyes' loss to Purdue, that one might even go up a little. Many metrics, I am afraid, would have bleak predictions if you want Nebraska to lose, but anything can - and has - happened in football.
Which means like a 71% chance they take both? Unlikely, but not so improbable we should disregard it.
has been a good one, and that we have overachieved, especially as of today. But if we don't beat OSU I don't think we'll have much to complain about; stuff happens. The fact that the third- and fourth-best teams statistically may be duking it out for the B1G championship won't mean much to anyone in ten years.
Doesn't Iowa "hate" Nebraska, in a sports rivalry/kayfabe kind of way? A rivarly game is always a great equalizer. Please feel free to insert a cliche here, such as "throw the records out the window." Brent Musburger used to be particularly adept at variations on this phrase; maybe he should come out of the studio and do the game.
As we saw with TAMU/Bama, even an "unbeatable" team can lose.
Highly unlikely. And even if Minnesota and Iowa does somehow manage to keep it close, the refs will make sure Nebraska wins, just like the last 2 weeks.
@ Iowa is the only chance. But we also need to take care of @ Ohio.
Anyone can lose. Nebraska has gotten some nice breaks the past couple of weeks, but at some point you can't keep playing close games where you are always coming back. Iowa could pull the upset; Minny, not so much.
I'm sure Nebraska will be happy with the bid, though. And to be fair, UM probaly should have blown the game yesterday save for that crazy last 20 seconds.
No chance for Minn., but Kinnick is a tough place to play, and Iowa will be out for blood after their spanking in Ann Arbor.
I do want us to spank those guys. But Iowa has already lost 4 home games this year. So I'm not holding my breath when they host Nebraska.
I can't be the only one that is frustrated that Nebraska keeps being on the good side of horrible calls. The terrible pass interference call on Michigan States and the obvious touchdown for Penn State that was called a touchback. It angers me.
That team is driving me nuts, they should've lost 5 conference games already considering they a) lost to OSU and b) were down by double digits to Wisconsin, Northwestern, MSU, and Penn State. How freakin lucky can you get?
Can't believe the refs took that late touchdown from Penn State yesterday
No. Minnesota and Iowa are garbage.
I don't wish injuries on any players, but Michigan's best hope of Nebraska losing is a Martinez injury. Maybe he'll land on his elbow after one of his runs.
I'm thinking they are thinking there is no way they lose one of the last two.
I'm thinking they are thinking about WI and the Championship.
I'm hoping that means what that usually means.
They are the far superior team in their last two games and everything is going their way lately (Denard injury + realization Bellomy isn't ready for B1G football yet, Sparty no! + bad PI call and PSU 2nd half collapse + horrible no td call). I honestly don't see any way they don't get to go to Indy, especially seeing as even if one of their two opponents pulls out an upset, we'll have to play a near perfect game to beat Ohio ourselves.
Friendly reminder that PSU got a touchdown taken from them yesterday goes here.
HIGHLY doubtful. Anything can happen, but Minny is Minny, and Iowa hasn't won a game in seemingly forever.
Let's suppose Nebraska and Michigan both win out, sending Nebraska to Indy to play and lose to Wisconsin. Let's also suppose USC loses to ND and Oregon, but crushes UCLA. Let's also assume Stanford loses another game and Oregon wins out, going to the BCS championship game. Finally let's assume there are enough loses among the teams ranked 10th to 20th that Michigan rises to the low teens and becomes BCS eligible. What would be a better option for the Rose Bowl than having a de facto B1G Championship game!