Rose Bowl 2013: Nebraska, Michigan still in hunt for Big Ten Championship Game

Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Both Nebraska and Michigan are vying for a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin, the necessary step to qualify for the 2013 Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

One week after the Wisconsin Badgers clinched a spot in their second consecutive Big Ten Championship Game, the No. 14 Nebraska Cornhuskers have a chance to do the same this weekend. Though the No. 21 Michigan Wolverines are nipping at their heels in the Big Ten Legends Division.

Both the Cornhuskers (8-2, 5-1) and Wolverines (7-3, 5-1) share the same conference record with two games remaining, but Nebraska owns the tiebreaker thanks to their 23-9 win over Michigan on Oct. 27.

Nebraska hosts the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. PT (on the Big Ten Network), while Michigan hosts the Iowa Hawkeyes at 9 a.m. PT (on ESPN). The Cornhuskers can clinch the Legends Division with a win over the Gophers coupled with a Michigan loss. The Wolverines need three of four outcomes to go their way to earn a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game. Next weekend, Nebraska heads to Iowa while the Wolverines end their regular season against the rival, and undefeated, Ohio St. Buckeyes.

Wisconsin will battle either Nebraska or Michigan in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The game will kickoff at 5:17 p.m. PT and will be televised by Fox. The winner will earn a berth in the 2013 Rose Bowl, to be played on Tuesday, Jan. 1, with a 2:10 p.m. PT kickoff on ESPN.

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