It’s game day for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and on Saturday August 31, the “Big Red” are 30 point favorites against Wyoming. According to Nebraska247sports.com Nebraska will be using a true freshman at one of the tight end positions. Even with the news of more offense to come, Nebraska is more concerned with the defensive side of the ball. Game starts at 8 p.m. on Big Ten Network.
Wyoming puts the ball in the air a lot and they will test the revamped Nebraska secondary. Last season, the Huskers were in the top five in pass defense. Most of the time it was because they were skilled, but other times was because Nebraska couldn’t stop the run.
Nebraska needs to make the Wyoming quarterback feel pressure when they unleash the passing game. If they can get up field with just a four man rush, Nebraska should have plenty of talent to cover the receivers.
It will be interesting to see Nebraska against the running game. While Wyoming doesn’t rely on the run too much, Nebraska has spent plenty of games getting gashed up front. Have they rectified those problems or will they continue into 2013?
There were times when Nebraska was out of position and when they were in the area, they couldn’t secure the tackle.
On the offensive end, Taylor Martinez and the Cornhuskers should be running on all cylinders from the beginning. Martinez has to continue to progress in the passing game from the previous year. His speed should be a problem for the Cowboys defense.
Nebraska’s running game will finally be in the hands of Ameer Abdullah. The past two years, Abdullah has spelled Rex Burkhead as the feature back. Now he is the go to guy for the whole season.
For the Cornhuskers to be successful on Saturday, they need to limit turnovers. When the offense is clicking, the speed on the outside can overwhelm you. However, untimely mistakes have hurt Nebraska’s drives in recent years.
The Verdict: Nebraska has made it a tradition of winning on opening day. They are at home and the “Sea of Red” will be in full effect. Look for Kenny Bell to catch two touchdown passes today.