Game of the Week: Michigan hosts Nebraska with bowl grade at stake
Michigan State holds a one-game lead in the Big Ten Legends Division and has the inside track to the Big Ten championship game. Michigan and Nebraska, the two teams chasing the Spartans, hook up on Saturday, with the winner keeping the heat on MSU. No. 17 Nebraska owns the head-to-head tie-breaker over Michigan State, while No. 20 Michigan would need two Spartans losses and two wins of its own to win the Legends.
There should be plenty of drama as Nebraska makes its first visit to Michigan Stadium since 1962 and the Wolverines try to continue their impressive turnaround under first-year coach Brady Hoke. Both teams boast similar styles, statistics and play-making quarterbacks who are prone to game-changing mistakes. Bowl destinations, at the very least, will be on the line as Nebraska plays its final road game in its initial Big Ten tour.
Michigan enters the game as a three-point favorite. Michigan is 5-1 against the spread at home this season after a disastrous three-year home record in Big Ten play of 1-10-1 ATS. Nebraska is 3-6-1 this season. Under Pelini, the Huskers are 6-3 as underdogs and 15-7-1 away from home.
Michigan has scored a touchdown on just two of its last 18 plays inside their opponents' five-yard line.
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With two teams this similar, turnovers will likely decide the game. Robinson has turned the ball over six times in the last three games, but on the season Michigan stands 51st nationally in turnover margin and Nebraska 52nd, which is in line with many other statistics between the evenly matched teams. The homefield advantage, plus the banged-up nature of the Huskers, gives Michigan a slight edge, but don't be surprised if this one heads to overtime.