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Why some people weren't worried before the year about this game is beyond me. I rated it as Michigan's third toughest game on the schedule, and don't see any reason to think otherwise.
Other than the game at UCLA, Nebraska has probably looked like the best team in the Big Ten. That UCLA loss isn't looking quite as bad either, since the Bruins look like a quality opponent.
Nebraska didn't miss a beat when Rex Burkhead went down with injury. Their new found weapon, Ameer Abdullah, wasn't even much of a dropoff when Burkhead went out. Even true freshman big back Imani Cross has seen some quality minutes.
Nebraska is running the ball at an unbelievable rate. They lead the Big Ten with 317 rushing yards per game, and the closest team is only rushing for 229 yards per game!
They also lead the Big Ten in points per game, as they average 48.5. No other Big Ten team is even averaging 40.
The Huskers are throwing the ball pretty good also. They rank fifth in the Big Ten in pass yards per game, surprisingly high for them.
Taylor Martinez is completing 70 percent of his throws, averaging just under 10 yards per attempt, and has a 9-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. All of those stats rank in the top three of the Big Ten.
I'm not sold on his throwing by any means, though.
The Legends Division implications surrounding this game will be absolutely huge.
Many thought the Michigan-Michigan State game could be a play-in game, but it actually might be this game instead.
Nebraska's October schedule is absolutely brutal, though, so we'll see where they are heading into a Nov. 3 meeting with MSU.
Still, this game concerns me immensely, just as it did before the season even started. It will be very cold, crazy atmosphere and Nebraska will be looking for revenge after last year's beatdown at the Big House. Honestly, this game is an absolute toss-up.
I made the prediction months ago that Michigan would only lose one conference game, splitting the Nebraska and OSU contests. I'm sticking by that statement.