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2012 College football schedule: Wisconsin, Nebraska set for Big Ten title game

After narrowly edging Michigan for a bid to the Big Ten title game, Nebraska will face Wisconsin this Saturday for the conference championship.

Matthew Holst

In a conference overshadowed by NCAA sanctions, the 2012 Big Ten champion will officially be crowned this Saturday evening when the Nebraska Cornhuskers square off with the Wisconsin Badgers.

The 7-1 Cornhuskers finished one game ahead of the 6-2 Michigan Wolverines in the Legends Division to punch their ticket to Indianapolis, while the Badgers benefited from postseason bans that were firmly in place for both Penn State and Ohio State. The two teams squared off on Sept. 29 earlier in the year at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, with the Huskers pulling out a tight 30-27 win on their home field.

Also set to crown a champion this weekend is the neighboring Mid-American Conference, a title game that pits a pair of one-loss teams in Northern Illinois and Kent State. The two teams currently sit at No. 18 and No. 19 respectively in the latest USA Today Top 25 Poll, but only Northern Illinois was able to crack the coveted BCS rankings after 13 weeks of play.

Weekend Schedule

Friday - Northern Illinois vs. Kent State - MAC Championship - 7 p.m. ET - ESPN2

Saturday - Wisconsin vs. Nebraska - Big Ten Championship - 8:17 p.m. ET - FOX