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Nebraska vs Northwestern. We call ourselves "NU". The rest of the Big Ten calls Northwestern "NU". It's another Battle for NU weekend, with the winner getting the rights to call themselves "NU" for the rest of the year.*

Nebraska leads the series with Northwestern 6-2, and the Huskers have won the last three in a row since losing in 2011, 28-25.

Let's take a quick look at who's favored this weekend:

Nebraska 2015 FPI - Cornhuskers - ESPN
73.4% Nebraska win over Northwestern.

Week 8 S&P+ picks - Football Study Hall
What the hell? 62.8% probability of Northwestern win?

NCAA College Football Odds and Daily Lines - ESPN
Nebraska favored by 7 or 7.5 depending upon whose line you're looking at.

*No one ever really recognizes this, although I rarely use "NU" to describe Nebraska unless I'm on twitter where characters are expensive.

Stuff

Minnesota Football: Which Gopher-Related Football Trophy Is Your Favorite? - The Daily Gopher

The Gopher play for several peculiar items. I'll analyze all the trophies to rank them and tell you my favorite.

THERE IS AN ONLINE POLL WHICH INVOLVES A NEBRASKA-RELATED ITEM. WE CAN WIN THIS!!!!!

IOWA AIN'T PLAYED NOBODY? - Black Heart Gold Pants
Iowa's strength of schedule is terrible. Except it isn't.

A Better Game? Sprint Football at Princeton - SBNation.com
Princeton's Sprint Football team aren't winners, but they might just be the future of the sport

This Week In Schadenfreude, where a Michigan fan demands an FBI investigation - SBNation.com

Our weekly tour of the angriest people on the college football Internet will get to the Wolverines, but let's not hurry a fine meal.

I forgot this yesterday, and this week's is wonderful wonderful wonderful. I especially like that Michigan fan's Haiku.

Why there may be hope yet for beleaguered Kansas football | FOX Sports
Even though it has been more than six years since the Jayhawks last won a road game and almost a full year since the team won any game, there is some reason for optimism around Kansas football these days.


Nebraska

Huskers Face B1G Weekend Against No. 9 Minnesota, No. 16 Wisconsin - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
The No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team begins a four-match homestand with a pair of top-16 opponents this weekend.

Theo Riddick emerging as go-to running back for Lions | Pro32: Head to Head
Riddick became Detroit's go-to running back against Chicago because Abdullah was benched for fumbling a fourth time, tying the highest total in the league by a running back.

Northwestern vs. Nebraska: Three matchups to watch - Inside NU
Gameday is just a few days away. So with Saturday looming, it's time to start digging a little deeper into the intricacies of the contest. Football, at its core, is a game of individual matchups...

Cheat Sheet: Northwestern-Nebraska | Hail Varsity
Game time, TV info, fun facts and much more on Saturday's Northwestern-Nebraska game.

Opponent Q&A: Previewing Northwestern-Nebraska with Corn Nation - Inside NU
Every Thursday during football season, we'll be reaching out to opponent SB Nation sites or opponent beat writers to give readers another perspective on Saturday's upcoming game. This week,...

De'Mornay Pierson-El expected to give Nebraska Cornhuskers a jolt - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
Nebraska is expecting the return of wide receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El to provide a spark in both the passing game and the return game.

Nebraska Gets Ready For Northwestern - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Coach Mike Riley first addressed injuries. Players that will not play Saturday include Luke Gifford, Chris Weber, David Knevel, Kevin Williams and Kevin Maurice. The players returning from injury include Freedom Akinmoladun, Michael Rose-Ivey, Nick Gates, Daniel Davie and David Sutton.

Those are a pretty decent set of players returning from injury. I know most don't want to see Davie on the field again but he needs to get his confidence back. We didn't really get a chance to see what Sutton can do at tight end. And who doesn't want FREEDOM?

Then There's This: