Nebraska comes of a much needed bye week with a much needed game against a weaker Big Ten opponent. After the emotional roller coaster of getting blasted by Wisconsin followed by orchestrating the biggest comeback in program history Nebraska will seek some balance by beating what should be an inferior conference opponent. While the Gophers have certainly played well at time this season they should be no match for a much deeper and faster Nebraska squad. This is a chance for Nebraska to right some obvious problem areas (the secondary chief among them) and build momentum heading into a tough stretch of games within their division.
One key to watch for this game is how the defense responds to the unfortunate news of Jared Crick’s season ending injury. That could be serious blow the NU’s defensive line; a focal point in Coach Pelini’s bend-but-don’t-break defense. Marqueis Gray is a mobile quarterback. As Nebraska fans know all too well, mobile quarterbacks have given Pelini’s defenses fits over the years and now this defense much find a way to contain Gray without the benefit of its anchor. Some guys will have to step up to replace Crick on the D-line and the second level, Lavonte David, Will Compton and Sean Fisher, will need to be ready to make plays.
I will be on hand in Minneapolis, heading back to the twin cities for the first time since I argued a case to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals last December. I look forward to seeing Minnesota’s new stadium. I have heard great things about it.