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Gopher football team looks for first league win at home

MINNEAPOLIS ( - Postseason implications are on the line when the 25th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers visit TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Big Ten Conference play.

Both teams enter with five wins on the season and needing one more to become bowl eligible.

Nebraska is coming off its second bye in the past four weekends and will be seeking its ninth consecutive regular-season Big Ten victory. Prior to their latest idle date, the Cornhuskers cruised to a 44-7 win at Purdue on Oct. 12, which marked their largest margin of victory in the three seasons since joining the Big Ten.

While head coach Bo Pelini largely scoffed at having multiple bye weeks, they no doubt helped out senior quarterback Taylor Martinez, who has missed the past three games with turf toe and is hoping to suit up for the first time since Sept. 21.

Meanwhile, Minnesota will be looking to build on last week's 20-17 triumph at Northwestern. That victory snapped a two-game slide for the Golden Gophers, who are trying to become bowl eligible for the second straight season under coach Jerry Kill. Coach Kill has taken an indefinite leave of absence to seek treatment for an ongoing series of epileptic seizures and, while he has not been on the sidelines for the past two games, he did make the trip to Northwestern to watch his team pick up its first conference victory of the season.

The head-to-head series between these schools has been one-sided for the last half-century, as Nebraska has won 16 straight meetings dating back to 1963, including nine in a row in Minneapolis.