On Saturday October 6, 2012 the Nebraska Cornhuskers will play their first B1G game in the Horseshoe. Bo Pelini will be coaching against his Alma mater and the famed Urban Meyer. After a comeback win against the Wisconsin Badgers, the media began its immediate focus on Coach Pelini returning to Ohio State. If one paid attention to Pelini’s comments to the media before the Buckeyes traveled to Lincoln last year, you would know Pelini did not take the bait and noted the games is about the players.
One of the focuses going to Columbus has to be sixty minutes of football. The Huskers’ struggle to put together sixty minutes of quality football cost them the UCLA game, and almost cost them the Wisconsin game. Ohio State is a quality opponent and Columbus should be a hostile environment. Without sixty minutes of quality football, it will be a daunting task to pull out a win. This will mean the Husker Offense will have find a way to possess the football with a good running game and use the passing game to take advantage of Ohio State’s penchant for filling the box. Consider, for instance, Ohio State’s Defense holding Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell to 45 yards rushing. Bell had been averaging 152 yards a game. With that in mind, Taylor Martinez’ improved passing skills could help keep the Buckeye D off balance and allow the Huskers more room to run the football.
On the Blackshirt side of the ball, the main focus will be containing Braxton Miller. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out how bad Miller burned the Blackshirts last year in Lincoln. It also does not take a rocket scientist to figure out the Husker comeback did not start until after Miller left the game with an injury.
As four of five of the Buckeye’s games have been tight this year, including three games involving lesser competition at home, the Huskers should have a real shot at this game. I am staying on the bandwagon, 28-21 Huskers.
P.S. The Red Sox finally fired Bobby Valentine yesterday. Things can only improve with that step.