The Big Red is going to the Big House where Brady Hoke has yet to lose a game in his tenure as head coach. Coming off a loss to Sparty, the Wolverines will be fired up and ready to make a statement as they protect their turf. Michigan's offense took some huge lumps going negative rush yardage against the boys in green, which might have us licking our chops. However, make no mistake, we are not the Michigan State defense. Gardener may not be the best QB we have faced, but you gotta get to him to rattle him and that will be a tall task.
The Cornhuskers are jacked after the miracle catch in a hard-fought game at home. The defense showed up and offered flashes of the hard hitting, run stuffing & QB blitzing talent many expected before the first game's kickoff. Can they carry that over against a Wolverine offense that is arguably better than a Purple Cat offense? Remember, Northwestern went way down the depth chart to field a running back. Add to that, the Cornhusker offense is dinged and likely without players like Turner, Bell, Long, Long & Cotton. The offensive line may be a patchwork of this-n-that. And of course, there is the two quarterback rotation, with both Armstrong and Kellogg prone to tossing interceptions in a scheme that tends toward the pass. Not how you want to show up in Ann Arbor.
I'm a avid fan of Nebraska football and am pulling for a win every time our young men step on the field. That said, I hope I am wrong and will happily admit it in this case if I am. It will be a tough game, fought tooth-and-nail. In the end, home field is the big advantage....
Blue & Maize: 31
Scarlet & Cream: 24
Of our wins thus far, here are the following records (I don't count SDSU):
Southern Miss: 0-8
And of those, we had to squeak the two wins out against Wyoming and Northwestern, and Northwestern has just as many injury issues. Bottom line, we don't do well against any team with a winning record.
Michigan 38, NU 21.
While I feel Westerkamp made a great catch, and the win is good, I refuse to celebrate like we won the conference championship because we beat Northwestern's JV team on a prayer....
Actually Tomko, Northwestern doesn't even have a JV team. I think you need to give NW credit. They started the season 4-0 and with a #17 ranking. They lost the next 4 B1G games, and other than not showing up for a 35-6 Whisky loss, they ran tOSU into the the 4th qtr, losing after a failed 4th and 1. Lost to Minn 20-17, lost to Iowa 17-10 (in OT) and then losing to NU as we all saw on the last play of another close game. They are well coached and a good team. Better than their record indicates and certainly not a JV team.
Yep, I know they are a very good team. I watched in person from the stands as they almost beat NU last year by just a few feet on the last second field goal, and we all know what they did to us the previous season.
My point, sarcastic as it was, was with all of their injuries to key players, was that they were reduced to almost a JV team.
I don't care who wants it more, who needs it more, who is angrier or who is higher. Michigan is just plain better. The Husker defense will not be able to handle their offense. We'd better enjoy this week. The two Michigans are ahead.
If Michigan is better how do you think that we will fare vs. MSU?
My wife is a Spartan grad. We went to the game in East Lansing last weekend. We can't stand the varmits from Ann Arbor and Sparty beat the HELL OUT OF THEM!
There is no leadship or physicality on their team. They play in pink tights.
Carl's Cokers - 31
Brady's Buffet Line - 30
Time to end the mobile QB liability!
"If Michigan is better how do you think that we will fare vs. MSU?"
I picked Michigan by 18. MSU may pity us and only beat us by 19.
Guess that you're not watching much football.
Who have we beaten?
If the Huskers beat Michigan it would set up a game against Michigan State for a potential spot in the B1G championship game. It would be like a pre-bowl game for a spot in what amounts to the B1G bowl game and a possible trip to the Rose Bowl. The game against Michigan State is in Lincoln. The Huskers have had the Spartans number. The Michigan game is huge. Michigan is demoralized and vulnerable. The Huskers have a very good opportunity to go into Ann Arbor and come away with what amounts to an essential a win.
Oddsmakers have Mich favored by 6-1/2. Home field advantage w/current 19 game home winning streak on line. Mich D is stout vs. run, only allowing 101 yds/game. The Big House holds 109,000+. Jake Cotton is doubtful, as is Long. TM is out. Turner is unsure. Bell is probable. Mich is hungry after last week. Doesn't look good, does it, Husker fans?
Here's the good news: Mich is one dimensional w/Gardner at QB. He is fumble prone, and has 11 INTs to date. Their O line is ordinary at best, with a mediocre running game. Husker D has shown improvement in the last 3 games. When the Blackshirts blitz, this will cause problems for Gardner. Look for a low score from the Mich offensive side.
On the other side, Mich's D really does contain the run well, but it's weak against the pass. NU's Abdulah is unlike any back Mich has faced. Look for him to soften up the Mich D and allow NU's reciever corp to break free on some one-on-one coverage. If Beck lets TA play his game, we can see some big plays. Look for NU to score on a balanced attack plan.
Mich is unpredictable, just like NU. Mich struggled vs Akron, winning 28-24, and vs UConn, winning 24-21. Losing to Penn State, 40-43 in multiple OT's. Yet Mich handled Minny, winning 42-13. NU won last year in Lincoln, 23-9. Both teams are beat up, maybe Mich a bit more. Only NU is playing to control it's own destiny, while Mich is not with 2 B1G losses. This game is pivotal for NU to win and set up the deciding Legends division game with MState.
So, after reading all this data, I asked the ol' Magic 8 Ball, who would win this game. It came up with 'Ask Again'. So I dunked it in a vat of fresh, full-strength Kool-aid and asked again. The Magic 8 Ball sez:
Corn Kernels 24
That is a very accurate assessment of Michigan, to a tee. The Huskers D now has a formula for success against the young UM O line which is ordinary at best. Nebraska can score on UM.
Michigan has beaten Notre Dame and clobbered Minnesota.