The Huskers have had this one circled for quite some time. After watching them, here are my takeaways
1. Martinez is the best QB we'll have faced this season so far. We need to be able to pressure him, but with his mobility, keeping rush lane discipline will be very, very important.
2. Their OL is average. Assuming we get Coop, Smith, and Landers I think the DL has another big day. If they're not back, we still have a big day, but I'm hoping we see the full potential of the monster LJ has created.
3. Put Okudah on Spielman, have Wade on Wandale. Wouldn't be shocked to see a lot of White in this game, either spying Martinez in case he breaks contain, or just to have more speed on the field. This will be the best offensive team we've played, but they are turnover prone. If we tackle well in space, they'll probably cough it up a few times.
4. Their defense is rather pedestrian. If we win the LOS, Dobbins/Teague could have a big night, as they don't have a ton of speed at LB or in their secondary.
5. I think we see a few more wrinkles in Day's bag of tricks (still not convinced we've seen the entire offense). I think Fields sees a slight increase in carries as we will be looking to run the ball early to take their crowd out of the game.
6. Look for a fast start by OSU. I'd bet my bottom dollar the 1st quarter of the Miami game has been used as a tool to encourage the players to come out fired up.
Ultimately, Nebby is still a year or two out from being a true contender in the West. They have some game-breakers at WR and a good/great QB, but their offense is mistake prone, and their OL is just aight. Not great, but not bad either. You need to be better than "just aight" against our DL. I like our secondary overall vs. Nebby's WRs, but Nebby catching us in an unfavorable matchup vs. their TEs and/or misdirection to take advantage of our aggression worries me.
If we play to our potential, I see something like a 49-14 victory as being feasible, I don't think they have the horses to compete with us for 4Q, and our DL is going to give them a lot of trouble.
More realistically, I'd probably say a 42-21 win is likely. Nebby gets a late TD to make the game seem closer than it actually was.
MVPs: Young, Dobbins, Fields