After a lackluster loss to Northwestern last Saturday, Nebraska's bowl scenario, which had become a bit "rosier" following a quality 24-3 win over Michigan State, clouded over in an instant.
Two weeks ago, the Huskers held a head-to-head tie-breaker over the Spartans in the Legends Division; an advantage which gave Nebraska a legitimate shot at the Big Ten championship along with the possibility (however remote) of a Rose Bowl berth.
One week later, Nebraska's erratic nature reared its ugly head.
As a result, the Huskers will, most assuredly, need to win their three remaining games and receive some help in the form of another Michigan State loss.
Compounding the problem is the fact that Nebraska must now travel to "Not-So-Happy Valley" and face an embattled Penn State team and its violently crazed fans, after both have rallied around Joe Paterno in the wake of his dismissal.
It is unknown whether the horrific scandal will provide more of a distraction to the Nittany Lions or to the Huskers. With the game being played as against such an explosive backdrop, the safety of the Nebraska players, coaches and fans could be a legitimate concern.
Meanwhile, of the four teams vying for the Legends Division crown, the Spartans appear to have the easiest road to Indianapolis. After traveling to Iowa this weekend, Michigan State will host Indiana and finish the season on the road against Northwestern.
Here then are the possible bowl scenarios for the Cornhuskers and the likelihood of each one: