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No. 25 Nebraska, sights set on another division title, starts busy stretch at Minnesota

Minnesota defensive back Brock Vereen (21) and linebacker Aaron Hill (57) tackle Northwestern wide receiver Christian Jones (14) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Minnesota defensive back Brock Vereen (21) and linebacker Aaron Hill (57) tackle Northwestern wide receiver Christian Jones (14) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)  (The Associated Press)

The teams Nebraska has taken to the Big Ten since joining the conference two years ago have been far from the best of this proud, powerful program.

Four-loss seasons are substandard for the Cornhuskers and their fans.

They're in favorable position, though, for a second straight Legends Division title if they can stay on track during the second half of their schedule. Starting Saturday at Minnesota, the 25th-ranked Huskers begin a busy 35-day stretch with six games that will tell a lot about coach Bo Pelini and his team's standing in the Big Ten.

Nebraska has beaten Minnesota by a combined 79-28 margin in two matchups since they became conference rivals in 2011. The Gophers, though, will bring some added confidence after winning at Northwestern last week.