Penn State vs. Nebraska: Rally Gives Nebraska Clear Path to Big Ten Title Game

Brandon Alisoglu@@BrandonAlisogluCorrespondent INovember 10, 2012

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 10: Running back Ameer Abdullah #8 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers jumps atop a scrum of teammates before taking the field against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Memorial Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Another week, another Nebraska Cornhuskers rally. Seriously, how do these guys pull this off every week? 

After scoring late against the Michigan State Spartans to steal a win in East Lansing, the Huskers went Hollywood and remade the same movie. Nebraska was trailing the Penn State Nittany Lions 20-6 at halftime before Taylor Martinez and company got things going.

As far as the Big Ten Legends division was concerned, the win couldn't have been a bigger deal. It all but shut the door on the Michigan Wolverines' hopes.

The Nittany Lions were Michigan's last hope of getting back into the race. There isn't much left standing between the Huskers and Lucas Oil Stadium.

In fact, there are only the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Iowa Hawkeyes. Not exactly a murderer's row.

The Gophers started out strong, but have lost four of their last six. Their best win was over an extremely mediocre, or maybe even bad, Purdue Boilermakers team.

And the Hawkeyes haven't fared much better. They haven't won since October 13 and will not be bowling this year. 

While Iowa will at least enjoy home-field advantage, neither of them will provide much of a test to the second-year Big Ten member. Both of their offenses combined only rushed for 30 more yards and scored five more points than the Huskers 

The Wisconsin Badgers have already punched their ticket for Indianapolis for the second straight year, putting up an actual roadblock between Nebraska and the Rose Bowl. The Badgers have put together a quiet 7-3 record, but have failed to record a single impressive victory. 

Will Nebraska smell the roses in its second year of eligibility? Perhaps. But they will certainly be given the chance when they meet the possibly underrated Badgers.

Huzzah, Huskers. Welcome to the Big Ten.