2012 Nebraska Football: Could Huskers Face Hoosiers in Big Ten Title Game?

Matt ZvolanekCorrespondent IIOctober 31, 2012

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 29: Linebacker Will Compton #51 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrates with defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler #55 and their defensive teammates at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska won 30-27. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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While it may be a bit premature to start speculating about who the Huskers will play in the Big Ten Championship, Nebraska controls its own destiny as of now.

And with that, fans may begin to speculate as to which team will take the field opposite the Huskers in December.

Penn State and Ohio State are ineligible for postseason play, so that eliminates them from the Leaders race. Also, Wisconsin has beaten both Purdue and Illinois and thus owns the head-to-head against those teams.

But there is one team in the Leaders division that no one imagined would even have a chance to make the title game.

That team is the Indiana Hoosiers.

Yes, that's right. A team that just won its first Big Ten game in over a year this last weekend can make it to the championship.

But in order to shock the experts, Indiana will have to start finishing out games. And they can start against Iowa this weekend. Then the following week's game against the Badgers is a must win, and then the Hoosiers must either beat Penn State or Purdue and hope Wisconsin loses to Ohio State and Penn State.

The Hoosiers definitely have the offense to make a run, but desperately needs improvement on the defensive side of the ball.

If things break the right way, fans could witness a Nebraska-Indiana matchup for the Big Ten Championship.

And thus Nebraska would be favored to win its first conference championship since 1999.