You can put down your Brunswick shoes. Not that kind of bowling.
Nebraska has two games left on their regular season schedule and a potential third in the Big 12 Championship Game if the Cornhuskers win out.
Nebraska Loses to Texas A&M and Colorado
This isn’t a good way to end a season no matter how you slice it. Texas A&M has been a different team since the reigns of the offense were turned over to quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Tannehill led the Aggies back from a 16-point first-half deficit versus Baylor to give Texas A&M four wins in a row for the first time since 2006.
Should Taylor Martinez’s ankle injury continue to slow him and the Aggies stonewall Nebraska's rushing attack, the 12th Man may prove too much for the Cornhuskers.
Colorado is not only Nebraska’s last Big 12 regular-season game before they depart for the Big Ten, but the finale in the series for the time being. We’d be remiss if we didn’t suggest that this essentially is the Buffaloes bowl game.
It may not be pretty, but a strong showing by Colorado in terms of forcing Nebraska mistakes could leave the Cornhuskers on a two-game losing streak and see them promptly booted out of the conference’s metaphorical door.
Sitting at 9-3, the selection committee has options. Nebraska is a big name, the fans travel and that usually trumps other factors. If the Cornhuskers can’t get it done versus Texas A&M and Colorado, a trip to the Alamo Bowl looks likely.
Nebraska Splits A&M/Colorado; Meets Big 12 South Champion and Loses
This seems to be popular sentiment nationwide.
The good news for Nebraska regarding the Aggies is two-fold:
First, the Aggies didn’t slam the door shut on Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Jay Finley. The two combined for 265 yards and four touchdowns against Texas A&M.
Second, while the Cornhuskers are going to have to stiffen their rush defense to contain Aggies running back Cyrus Gray, Tannehill faces the second-ranked pass defense in the country.
One of Nebraska’s most physical cornerbacks, Alfonzo Dennard, returned to action and the secondary held Kansas to 15 yards through the sky.
Colorado may bring a pluckiness only seen when an interim coach is named, but as covered in a previous piece, this game will be featured on national television and there is no doubt that Nebraska wants to make a statement to the Big 12 before they leave for good.
The Buffaloes are eerily similar to Kansas State. They have no quarterback for Nebraska to fear and bring a solid running back.
A 10-2 Nebraska team teeters on the bowl selection fence, but likely finds itself in the Cotton Bowl.
Nebraska Defeats Texas A&M and Colorado; Meets Big 12 South Champion and Loses
Just one point away from hoisting the Big 12 Championship trophy last year, the Cornhuskers are poised to do it again.
If Nebraska can topple Texas A&M and Colorado, whomever emerges from the mess that is the Big 12 South division is the last obstacle between the Cornhuskers and their first conference title in 11 years.
Just by reaching this point, Nebraska likely secures itself a spot in the BCS.
An 11-2 Nebraska looks far too appealing for a BCS bowl at-large bid, especially for a bowl that needs a big name team.
Scenario D: Nebraska Wins Out
If Taylor Martinez’s injury continues to improve and Nebraska makes a little luck of its own, the Cornhuskers may not lose another contest.
Should this scenario occur, Nebraska sits at 12-1, are the Big 12 Champions and will likely have defeated a highly ranked BCS team. What does the BCS have anything to do with this conversation?
Remember 2001? Most Nebraska fans do.
It didn’t even take a conference championship for the Cornhuskers to slide into the National Championship Game, but with the right set of numbers, you never know.
In this situation, the Fiesta Bowl is 99 percent likely, but there’s that one percent that suggests the dominoes fall Nebraska’s way and the Cornhuskers pull a Les Miles, finding themselves in the BCS Championship Game.
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