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Previewing the Big Ten 3:30 p.m. games

The action in the Big Ten today concludes with a pair of 3:30 p.m. ET games. Here's what is left on tap:

Penn State (6-3, 4-1) at No. 16 Nebraska (7-2, 4-1): I am here in Lincoln and will have a full preview and game coverage coming your way shortly.

Minnesota (5-4, 1-4) at Illinois (2-7, 0-5): Why should you care? Well, the Gophers can clinch postseason eligibility for the first time since the 2009 season with their first conference road victory of the year. The Illini have been brutally bad but did show a little spark on offense last week at Ohio State; can Tim Beckman get this team to build something positive, much in the same way Jerry Kill did late in his first season at Minnesota? Rookie Philip Nelson makes his second road start and will not have top wide receiver A.J. Barker, who is injured. Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has taken a beating this season and now will have Ra'Shede Hageman and D.L. Wilhite coming after him.