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Nebraska-Minnesota Preview Capsule

No. 25 Nebraska (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) at Minnesota (5-2, 1-2), noon (ESPN)

Line: Nebraska by 10½.

Series record: Minnesota 29-22-2.


The Huskers, who've already had two weekends off, start a stretch of six games in 35 days. With Northwestern, Michigan State and Iowa at home in November and Ohio State and Wisconsin not on this year's schedule, they're set up nicely for a second straight Legends Division title if they can sidestep an upset here. The Gophers won at fading Northwestern last week, inspired by a surprise appearance by on-leave head coach Jerry Kill for a halftime speech. Kill, on a break to deal with his epilepsy, will likely watch from above in the coaches' booth as his team seeks that first signature win in his tenure over a top-tier conference opponent.


The Gophers have given up 151 yards rushing per game in Big Ten play. To have a chance against the Huskers, DT Ra'Shede Hageman, LBs Aaron Hill and Damien Wilson and the rest of the group will need to handle TB Ameer Abdullah, the conference's second-leading rusher, and whoever else carries the ball for the ground-and-pound Huskers.


Nebraska: QB Taylor Martinez, if he's cleared to play following a three-game absence due to a turf toe injury on his left foot. If not, Tommy Armstrong Jr. is in line for another start despite a poor passing performance against Purdue in the last game.

Minnesota: RB David Cobb, who started the season as a third-stringer but is the team's leading rusher with 477 yards.


Nebraska has won 16 straight games in the series since 1963, the last two as Big Ten foes by a combined 79-28 score. ... Abdullah is the 12th Nebraska player to reach 2,000 career yards rushing before the end of his junior year. ... Cobb is one of four Gophers with at least one 100-yard rushing game, the first time they've had that many in a season since 1967.

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