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If the Big Ten had an "Iron Man" award, it would go to Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead.
Burkhead (pictured) carried the ball 35 times for 130 yards, scored two rushing touchdowns and caught a TD pass last Saturday. He was such a dominant force in the Cornhuskers' 24-3 win over MSU that I half-expected him to kick the extra points in the second half of the game.
It is players like Burkhead that give Nebraska a strong chance to be the Legends Division champion and play in the Big Ten title game in Indianapolis.
However, they have the second-toughest schedule among the four contenders for the division title.
Nov. 5: Northwestern @ Home
Nov. 12: @ Penn State
Nov. 19: @ Michigan
Nov. 26: Iowa @ Home
They manage to beat all four teams, though Penn State is undefeated in Big Ten play and Michigan's only loss was to cross-state rival Michigan State.
Nebraska loses to Michigan and Iowa. Both of these teams are division rivals and would sink the Cornhuskers' chances for a shot at the Big Ten title. NU could afford to go 2-2 in the final four weeks as long as one of the losses is to Penn State.
I expect Nebraska to go 3-1, but I haven't settled on who will beat them. I am leaning toward Penn Sate, because the Cornhuskers have to travel to Happy Valley.