Northwestern had lost 5 games in a row before beating Sad sack Indiana
last week 59-38 and yet they are seen as a bit of a "live" dog in
today's game with Nebraska. Is the fear in some Nebraska fans hearts
that this could be a much tougher game than expected real or imagined?
Let's take a look at both sides of the argument.
Reasons this could be a tough game for Nebraska:
has an explosive spread offense that gives the defense all sorts of
quirky looks and depends upon a mobile QB who can also pass well. Dan
Persa is just that sort of QB. he's fast with his feet and accurate with
his arm. He's the kind of QB and this is the kind of offense that
traditionally has given gives Nebraska defenses fits. The back up QB
Kain Coulter is an offensive playmaker at 3 different positions. QB, RB
Northwestern is well coached and seldom loses a game
badly. This is true. Northwestern doesn't lose 58-10. They usually hang
tough and fail to have enough man power to get the job done in the 4th
Reasons This Could Be An Easy Nebraska Win:
is NOT as mobile as he was last year before he got hurt and Coulter can
not throw the football. A QB who can't do both well is much easier for
Nebraska to defend.
Nebraska's defense which was shockingly in
adequate for much of the season has looked like the defense that was
expected the last 2 1/2 games. Ohio State, Minnesota and Michigan State
are not Northwestern on offense but they aren't bad either and in the
last 10 quarters of football those teams got almost nothing on offense
against Nebraska's main players
Northwestern's defense is more
bad than their offense is good. This is a biggie. Northwestern's defense
is just brutal and not in a good way. Last week against sorry Indiana
they gave up 38 points and over 400 yards. They haven't stopped anybody.
they play hard, yes they are well coached but overall Northwestern just
isn't very good. OK there were tough loses to Michigan, Iowa and Penn
State in that 5 game stretch where Northwestern hung in the game until
the 4th quarter but there was also a loss to Army!...Army! It would
take the kind of performance from Northwestern that they haven't shown
all year. Are they capable of such a performance?
What Do I Think Will Happen
am one of those people who saw this game as a nightmare style for
Nebraska and one in which they would be tested and challenged all game
long. The combinations of factors I have touched on, mainly Nebraska's
improving defense and Northwestern's terrible defense leads me to think
this game will not be as close as first feared. Northwestern will have
their moments and put some points on the board. They are just too good
offensively not to. But Nebraska will have many more moments and many
more points. I see this in the neighborhood of 52-24 for Nebraska.