In just their second year in the Big Ten conference, the Huskers will be playing the conference championship this weekend against Wisconsin. The winner secures a berth in the Rose Bowl against the winner of the Pac-12 Championship (Stanford vs. UCLA). In this situation, Nebraska controls their destiny; however, a loss would create some interesting possibilities.
If the Huskers don't capture the Big Ten title, they would be hard-pressed to earn an at-large bid in a BCS bowl game. While it's possible, a lot would need to happen. There are only a few at-large bids to be handed out, and they are expected to go to Oregon and Oklahoma.
After that, the Huskers would be left with the Capital One Bowl or the Outback Bowl.
The Capital One committee more than likely doesn't want Nebraska in their bowl game for the second straight year. But if Nebraska loses to Wisconsin, there are only two other Big Ten teams they can select: Northwestern or Michigan. It would likely be the Wolverines, because of their traveling fan base and because they haven't been to Orlando since 2007.
If the Capital One Bowl passes over Nebraska, then the Outback Bowl is the destination for the Huskers. In this scenario, the Huskers would take on the No.3 or No. 4 team out of the SEC (South Carolina or LSU).
While multiple bowl games remain as possibilities for Nebraska, the one they want is controlled by themselves and not by a selection process. It's simple for the Huskers. If they want the Rose Bowl, they have to play their hearts out. A trip to Pasadena is within their grasps and no one but themselves control their destiny.
- Josh Harvey -
Kyle Phillippi covers the Big Ten Conference for BigRedReport.com. His work has also been featured in Big Red Report Magazine and FOXSports.com.
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