Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said a lot this week when he thought that this Nebraska team compared to "some of the Nebraska teams of old. It could certainly take me back to some of Tom's teams."
Tom being the great and angelic Dr. Tom Osborn, he who established a running attack that was almost without peer.
This current crop of Cornheads makes a living with a punishing running attack, and an offensive line so so dominant it makes you go "Hmmmmmmmmm..... they sure are big."
The Huskers rank second in the nation averaging 337 yards on the ground per game. Frosh QB Taylor Martinez ranks fourth in the nation at 147 yards per game.
Here is the rub: The Huskers run a similar offense as UCLA. The Bruins, as you may recall, rushed for 264 yards on 56 carries in their win in Austin a few weeks ago. The Bruins threw a total of nine passes and won going away.
Given how UT's offense has struggled to score points against the "good" competition, its defense is going to have to win this game. And this UT defense against this Nebraska offense is not a good matchup.
The upside? Martinez is a freshman, and this is the best team he will have faced this far. If UT can hit him a few times and make him think, he's apt to have a clunker of a game.
- Mac Engel
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