It's on! The battle for the "Bits O' Broken Chair" trophy takes place tomorrow. No more slick, feel-good, sponsored, or meaningless concoctions of wood and metal. This chair is a worthy addition to the Big Ten trophy obsession. A pig, jug, axe and now the chair. Let's cheer on the Huskers and make sure that thing never makes it back to the frozen North.
Nebraska completes its 2014 home schedule on Saturday when the Huskers play host to Minnesota at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska enters the game with an 8-2 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Big Ten. Last week's loss to Wisconsin left the Huskers tied with Minnesota and Iowa in the conference standings, a game behind the Badgers in the race for the West Division crown. Following the setback, Nebraska dropped to No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and to 21st in the Associated Press ranking.
Saturday will mark Senior Day at Memorial Stadium, with 13 Husker seniors playing their final game in front of the Nebraska faithful. The group includes Nebraska's all-time leader in all-purpose yardage in Ameer Abdullah, as well as the career leader in pass receptions and receiving yardage in Kenny Bell. The seniors will attempt to help Nebraska to a perfect home record for the second time in three seasons with a victory over the Gophers.
Minnesota enters the game at 7-3 overall and 4-2 in Big Ten Conference play. The Gophers are coming off a 31-24 setback to Ohio State on Saturday in Minneapolis. Minnesota boasts a powerful running game, averaging better than 220 yards per contest on the ground.
For more on this matchup, check out Husker Mike's review, Brian's Q&A, and Michael's 5 reasons we could lose.
Date/Time: November 22, 2014, 11 a.m.. CST
Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE Capacity: 87,000
Surface: Field Turf
Special Events: Senior Day. The 2014 Cornhusker Seniors:
Ameer Abdullah IB Birmingham, Ala.
Zaire Anderson LB Philadephia, Pa.
Kenny Bell WR Boulder, Colo.
Corey Cooper S Maywood, Ill.
Jake Cotton OG Lincoln, Neb.
Joey Felici DB Omaha, Neb.
Derek Foster DB Elm Creek, Neb.
Paul Kelly LS Davie, Fla.
Josh Mitchell CB Corona, Calif.
Mike Moudy OG Castle Rock, Colo.
Mark Pelini C Youngstown, Ohio
Trevor Roach LB Elkhorn, Neb.
Austin Williams LB Omaha, Neb.
Series Record: Minnesota is Nebraska's most frequent opponent among Big Ten Conference schools, with the Gophers holding a 30-22-2 overall lead in the series. The schools met 51 times before Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011. While Minnesota holds the overall advantage, Nebraska has won two of three games as Big Ten foes. Prior to the Gophers' win in Minneapolis last year, NU had won 15 straight in the series. The Huskers have won the past seven meetings in Lincoln.
TV: ESPN. Dave Pasch, Play-by-Play; Brian Griese, Analyst; Tom Luginbill, Sideline Analyst. With a login from your TV provider, you can stream the game on WatchESPN
Radio: Huskers sports radio network with Greg Sharpe, Play-by-Play, Matt Davison, Analyst, Lane Grindle, Sidelines. The audio can also be streamed through the Huskers app or searching for the HSN on TuneIn
Weather: At kickoff it is expected to be partly sunny and 40 degrees with winds around 10mph. There is a slight chance (5%) of precipitation..
Odds: Nebraska is favored by 10 points
Closer look at the $5 bills #BitsOfWoodenChairTophy @FauxPelini's cat looks great pic.twitter.com/rNcFl4Hpof— Goldy Gopher (@GoldytheGopher) November 21, 2014