Call it the "Senior Curse." Some do if they're superstitious enough. Others just call it bad luck.
Whatever the case, the list of Nebraska players who become injured during their senior seasons is long. Over the last few years, the list has included players like Rex Burkhead, Jared Crick, Spencer Long and Taylor Martinez.
And it's those injuries that make a big impact on the Huskers' conference-title hopes.
There are 14 seniors on Nebraska's roster for 2014. Within that group are several crucial players for the Huskers. One of those players is I-Back Ameer Abdullah.
When Abdullah chose to forego the NFL draft to play his senior season at Nebraska, some worried the injury curse would get him. As of now (and knock on wood), Abdullah is just fine.
However, it's still something to keep an eye on. In certain players' absences, the Huskers would be able to rebound. For example, Abdullah leads a group of very talented I-Backs, including Imani Cross and Terrell Newby. If Abdullah were to be injured, the loss would be noticeable but there would be solid backups.
And that seems to be the case with about any position this season. But that doesn't mean losing a star player to an injury wouldn't have any complications for the team.
Ultimately, if the Huskers can stay as healthy as possible, a victory in Indianapolis is much more likely.
All quotes were obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted.