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Can't sleep so I thought I'd wander around Bucknuts a bit. I'm interested to know -- What do you think your best bet and largest worry are coming into this weekend?
For Nebraska, I think our offense could cause trouble for your defense. In watching the Michigan State game a couple of times, it became pretty clear running at your front seven won't get us too far. I went back on Le'Veon Bell's game logs -- His 2.6 against OSU was his lowest game average since November 2010. Well done. With that said -- We're not Michigan State. Whereas they run a more traditional power running game, the Huskers are very big into spreading a defense out an exploiting with speed. Beating Ohio State on the edge, and working the underneath routes, I think will be our key to success.
On the other hand...
My largest worry is Braxton Miller. Pelini's defenses struggle against DTQBs and Miller is among the best in the nation right now. In your opening drive against the Spartans, he practically walked twenty yards for a gain. The guy is just quick, agile, and strong -- great player. But he also worries me in that he isn't afraid to throw on the run. I watched a couple plays where he's within three yards of the line of scrimmage and tosses it downfield. Our secondary isn't bad -- but nobody can cover for 7, 8, 9 seconds. I'm interested to see if Pelini schemes specifically for that.
I'll be here and there the next couple days. I know a number of you have come over to our board and generated some talk. It's been educated and respectful -- I love it. I welcome the rest of you to drop by if you get the time.
Have a good week of practice, stay healthy, and good luck Saturday.
Areas of concern would be our secondary, LB play and overall tackling, especially on broken plays. Last week the D played much better but still gave up a TD on terrible tackling.
Good post BornToBeRed
My top reason to be concerned as a Buckeye fan...Martinez is a better passer this year and may have a great game against our questionable back 7.
Top best bet why the Bucks should win...our offense has been it's best when the pressure is on. They've answered to Cal and MSU's scores with TDs of their own when needed. If the game is tight in the 4th quarter I hope the trend continues.
I think you nailed it, defending the width of the field. It is an obvious weakness of our team that every opponent so far has tried to capitalize on, and for the most part they have been successful. We need to tackle better in space and Abdullah and Burkhead should be a very good test of that.
1 reason we lose
Containing Martinez. The defense can do everything right and this kid can still get loose for a big play. He is explosive on the run. Two steps and he is at full speed.
1 reason we win. The offensive line. I think these guys can get a push on Nebraska's defensive front, who is slightly undersized, and control the game. We know Miller is going to get his yards because Miller is just sick. But who is going to get the rest? He can't do it all. Carlos Hyde is the answer but it all starts up front.
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"The only thing That Team Up North will be tasting this year is the salty tears of defeat" - UFM
Will- Our oline continues to get better giving Brax time to read the D.
Won't- Our D last week was an aberation.
I see us going man-press coverage on the edges and having two safties either blitzing or shadowing TMart. Once that is done (and executed correctly), it should force TMart to pass. In that situation, TMart has been suspect, to say the least. He can pass, no doubt, but when pressured and nowhere to run, I've read the Nebraska boards. They don't have the confidence in TMart to win if it is primarily by the passing game. I don't know if there is any better strategy. Let's face it, the same strategy would work well against tOSU. If Nebraska can take away Braxton and the run game, it forces us to pass more than we want, and the biggest similarity between Brax and TMart, aside from their obvious running abilities, is their shared ability to throw interceptions and not make it through all their progressions to find the open receiver.
My prediction, as stated on the Nebraska board: Whoever throws MORE interceptions LOSES. I see it 31-31 in the 4th Qtr., with a possible overtime period.
The Father, The Son... well, it's the
The Holy Trinity... as I see it.
Buck75 hit the nail on the head for me. OL play. For the first time in maybe 4 years, I saw a change from one game to the next in OL play. They actually looked good against MSU. If that OL shows up again and heaven forbid....improves again from last week....Black shirts will be in for a long game. I loved the way Fragel played last week. 3 turnovers all when moving the ball. Take those away and, IMHO, we beat MSU by at least 13.
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