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It's not just about hardware: Big Ten 3 trophy games could have impact on head coaches, staffs

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    Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini yells from the sidelines during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Penn State in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (The Associated Press)

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    Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, left, makes his point to an official after having a fourth-quarter touchdown called back during an NCAA college football game against Penn State in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Nebraska won 23-20 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (The Associated Press)

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    Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson instructs his team against Ohio State during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State won 42-14. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (The Associated Press)

Beyond Ohio State-Michigan, the drama in the Big Ten this week might come down to the three trophy games: Iowa at Nebraska, Northwestern at Illinois and Purdue at Indiana.

The head coaches or staffs at Nebraska, Illinois and Indiana could be in for some anxious moments.

Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini says the media has fueled speculation about his situation. Athletic director Shawn Eichorst has yet to comment on Pelini's status and won't until after the season.

Illinois coach Tim Beckman might have saved his job by beating Purdue last week. But defensive coordinator Tim Banks might be in jeopardy.

Same goes for Indiana defensive coordinator Doug Mallory, whose unit has languished the last three years.