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Nebraska has shot to return to Big Ten title game, heading into home game against Michigan St

  • Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, stands on the sideline during a timeout in the second quarter of Nebraska's NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

    Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, stands on the sideline during a timeout in the second quarter of Nebraska's NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) throws a pass in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Nebraska won 17-13. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

    Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) throws a pass in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Nebraska won 17-13. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)  (The Associated Press)

  • Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (98) is sacked by Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory (44) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Nebraska won 17-13. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

    Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (98) is sacked by Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory (44) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Nebraska won 17-13. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)  (The Associated Press)

Nebraska has given itself a shot to get back to the Big Ten championship game with two straight wins on late touchdown passes.

Michigan, meanwhile, is relegated to playing for bowl positioning.

The Cornhuskers host Legends Division-leading Michigan State on Saturday with a shot to control their championship chances. If Nebraska hands the Spartans their first Big Ten loss, it will move into a first-place tie in the division and would win the tiebreaker if both teams finish the regular season with two more wins.

The Wolverines lost hope of ending the school's Big Ten title drought at nine years by losing three of the last four games. They play at Northwestern and at Iowa before hosting archrival and potentially undefeated Ohio State with only pride at stake.