Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/25/12
This game preview has been brought to you by Prilosec OTC Wildberry.No. 20 Michigan (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) at Nebraska (5-2, 2-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)What’s on the line?The winner will have a leg up on the road to the Legends Division title, taking one step closer to landing a spot in the Big Ten title game. Michigan currently sites atop the division at 3-0, with Nebraska and Iowa right behind at 2-1.  A loss for the Huskers will severely damage their chance of making it to the Big Ten title game, as they’d fall two games behind the Wolverines. A loss for Michigan would tighten things up, and set up a frantic November finish to the Legends chase.Players to watchIt might sound cliché, but this game truly will be all about the quarterbacks.Nebraska:Signal caller Taylor Martinez is enjoying his best season yet in Lincoln. Known as a dangerous runner in previous years, Martinez has blossomed as a more than adequate passer in 2012. He’s thrown for 1,615 yards and a sparking 15-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio.  The 15 TD passes is already more than he’s thrown in 2011 (13) or 2010 (10).  Make no mistake about it, his success through the air has not minimized his ability to still get the job done on the ground. Martinez is on a pace to rush for 700 yards and 11 scores.Michigan:When scheming against the Wolverines offense, it begins and ends with shutting down the electric Denard Robinson.  Through seven games, the Michigan quarterback has already rushed for 900 yards and 6 touchdowns.  The Huskers would be wise to try and contain Robinson in the pocket and force him into his weakness: completing a forward pass.  Robinson has only landed 53 percent of his passes this year, with a pedestrian 9-9 TD-to-INT ratio.  Nebraska will need to improve upon last year’s defensive effort against Robinson where he threw for 180 yards and 2 TDs to go along with 83 rushing yards and 2 more scores.Two Legendary SchoolsThis epic showdown pits two of the most winning-est programs in college football history, and oozes of tradition.With its win over in-state rival Michigan State last week, Michigan became the first college football program in history to reach 900 wins.  Nebraska is fourth in that category with 846 wins on their resume. Both schools have produced three Heisman winners.  Michigan: Tom Harmon (1940), Desmond Howard (1991) and Charles Woodson (1997); Nebraska Johnny Rodgers (1972), Mike Rozier (1982) and Eric Crouch (2001). Each program is famous for their rabid fanbases. No stadium in the land holds more people than “The Big House” in Ann Arbor.  But this game will be held in Lincoln, where Nebraska boasts an incredible 323 straight home sellout streak, an NCAA record.  Can the Red Sea in Lincoln propel their beloved Huskers past the Wolverines?...PredictionBoth teams are riding high from comeback wins a week ago, and whoever can maintain that momentum and get out to a fast start in this one will have the edge.  Look for Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez and running back Ameer Abdullah to get the ground game going in the first half, then beat an over-pursuing Wolverine defense over the top with the play action pass.  The Husker defense will force Denard Robinson into just enough mistakes in the passing game to walk away with a close victory.Final score: Nebraska 24, Michigan 20
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