Nebraska football fans were certainly excited to see Jordan Westerkamp come down with Ron Kellogg’s Hail Mary as time expired to beat Northwestern 27-24 on Saturday. With the win, Nebraska moves to 6-2 and becomes officially bowl-eligible.
So now that a postseason berth is possible for Nebraska, it’s time to look at the plausible scenarios. Based on the bowl selection process used by the Big Ten, we have to guess a bit as to where Nebraska will finish the season to determine who the bowl opponent might be.
To start with, I am going to assume that Michigan State runs the table and wins the Legends Division (beating Nebraska in the process) and matches up with an undefeated Ohio State in the B1G title game. This scenario also assumes Nebraska either wins its remaining three games or loses just one other, finishing the season at no worse than 8-4. The resulting pecking order results are as follows: