Big Red update: Week 12

Nebraska's time as a Big 12 member is running out. Let's check on how the Cornhuskers are doing in their quest for a league title.

Record: 9-1 (5-1 Big 12)

National rank: No. 8 in BCS standings, No. 9 in AP poll, No. 9 in coaches' poll

Last result: Beat Kansas 20-3 in Lincoln

News to know: T-Magic returned to the field and the Blackshirts got their swagger back in a big way against Kansas, keeping the Jayhawks out of the end zone and holding KU to just five first downs and 87 total yards. Nebraska recorded six sacks and allowed its fewest yards since 2000, a dominant performance that even amazed defensive coordinator Carl Pelini. Quarterback Taylor Martinez wasn't 100 percent with his right ankle injury, but the defense and fellow offensive teammates like Roy Helu Jr. picked him up against the Jayhawks. The Huskers can lock up the Big 12 North title by winning one of their last two games, either Saturday's trip to College Station or a Nov. 26 home game against Colorado. If Nebraska's defense performs like it did against Kansas, the Huskers will be very tough to beat the rest of the way. I've received several e-mails from Big Ten fans questioning why Nebraska is ahead of Ohio State in the BCS standings. It comes down to this: the computers like the Huskers (average rank: 8) more than the Buckeyes (average rank: 13) or even No. 7 Wisconsin (average rank: 12). If Nebraska beats A&M, it might vault Wisconsin in the next BCS standings.

Up next: Saturday at No. 19 Texas A&M