Nebraska is setting up for disaster in their next game against Southern Mississippi on Saturday. As of Friday September 6, the Cornhuskers are a 28 point favorite at home according to CBSSports.com. The only problem with that is the Cornhuskers have to play defense too. If you haven’t noticed lately, the “Big Red” defense has been dismantled by all types of teams. It doesn’t matter what the strengths or weaknesses the opponents have, Nebraska is going to give up major yards and points.
In last week’s game against Wyoming, Nebraska gave up 388 passing yards. They gave up 219 yards rushing also. This is a far cry from what the Husker faithful expect. To make matters worse, the Golden Eagles put up 377 yards through the air in a week 1 loss. Luckily for Nebraska, Southern Miss didn’t show much of a running game. Maybe the black shirts can do something against what seems to be a one dimensional offense.
Every game for Nebraska is the same. It all boils down to turnovers. When they don’t turn the ball over they seem to put up a fairly good effort. However, once they cough up the ball, it’s like they give up defensively. Both units have to work cohesively if they are to make any real noise in the Big Ten.
Offensively, Taylor Martinez and the Nebraska running game was very successful in the first contest. Nebraska had four players gain over 75 yards en route to a 375 yard day. They should have a good battle with Southern Miss in the trenches.
The Verdict: It’s shaping up to look like every Nebraska game will be a shootout for the rest of the season. Will they be focused enough to establish some defensive dominance? Based on previous results, Southern Miss will pass the ball and abandon the running game early if it’s not working. Somehow someway, Nebraska gets enough production to earn a victory.
Nebraska Cornhuskers 38
Southern Miss Golden Eagles 24