When Nebraska moved from the Big 12 to the Big Ten last season, Husker fans knew they would be seeing teams that hadn't played in Lincoln in years. The delay for Michigan, which returns to Memorial Stadium this weekend, could be measured in lifetimes. As the ESPN Big Ten Blog pointed out:
Michigan will make first trip to Lincoln in 101 years. Matchup with Nebraska is first league game featuring two programs with 850+ wins.— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) October 24, 2012
Fittingly, the 1911 matchup between the two teams ended in a 6-6 tie.
Rittenberg and Bennett also point out that the game will be the first Big Ten contest between two teams with more than 850 all-time wins. Michigan is college football's all-time winningest program, becoming the first school to win 900 games last week. Nebraska ranks fourth on the all-time list with 856 wins. Earlier this season, Michigan participated in the first game ever played between two 850-win programs when it lost to Notre Dame. The only other program with 850 wins is Texas.
Both Michigan and Nebraska are 5-2 overall, though the Wolverines hold a one-game lead over Nebraska and Iowa in the Big Ten Legends division. The game is scheduled to kick off Saturday night at 8:00 ET, with television coverage on ESPN2.