Gould Headshot squareIt was never about disrespecting Nebraska’s unbeaten start. It was always about questioning its unimposing schedule.

The Cornhuskers acquitted themselves well in their 23-17 overtime loss at Wisconsin. But the sorting process will continue when Mike Riley takes his lads from Lincoln to Ohio State on Saturday to see if the Horseshoe fits.

A win there opens up a world of possibilities. A loss closes more doors for Nebraska.

If the Cornhuskers follow the form chart and fall to the Buckeyes, get ready for a wild West Division shootout. Nebraska would join four West teams that already have two losses.

Those ranks will be culled by one when Wisconsin plays at Northwestern on Saturday.

I still like the Badgers to prevail when all is said and done. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.