LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Both teams are coming off losses, but the vibes around Nebraska and Minnesota couldn't be more different.
The 21st-ranked Cornhuskers (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) spent the week trying to come to grips with having allowed an FBS-record 408 yards rushing to Melvin Gordon in last week's 59-24 meltdown at Wisconsin. The Gophers (7-3, 4-2) hung with Ohio State in a 31-24 loss in the snow and are excited about controlling their destiny in the Big Ten West.
Even if Nebraska beats Minnesota on Saturday, the Huskers would be out of the division race if Wisconsin wins at Iowa. The Gophers have a direct, albeit difficult, path to the Big Ten championship game. They must win their final two games, on the road against both Nebraska and Wisconsin.