Oh-and-five. Zero wins, five losses. Nine straight losses going back to last year. We are two weeks away from it being an entire calendar year since the Nebraska Cornhuskers won a game. It is not a happy time right now in Lincoln.
That being said, all Huskers still agree on one thing: Scott Frost is still the guy to turn this ship around. Having the near-unanimous support from this fan base after this kind of start is a good sign.
How did Nebraska look last weekend?
Quite frankly, not bad. Not great, but not terrible. Almost good.
Nebraska’s defense was near dominant through most of the first half, holding the Badgers to two field goals for awhile. Unfortunately, giving Wisconsin good field position three times eventually led to touchdowns. An Adrian Martinez fumble, a bad Caleb Lightbourn punt and an admittedly bad decision to go for it on fourth-and-11 put the Blackshirts’ backs up against a wall.
Offensively, it was just about the opposite. When the defense was dominating, the offense couldn’t do anything. Or at least, do anything without a penalty taking it back. Nebraska continued its ways with 10 penalties for 100 yards, which means the continue to be at the bottom of the country in both categories.
But when they were going, they were going. Stanley Morgan, Jr. had a quiet eight catches, J.D. Spielman had 209 yards and Maurice Washington looked good as a runner and receiver. And of course, Adrian Martinez was Adrian Martinez. Abandoning the run game before it even got a chance was weird, especially considering Devine Ozigbo’s game a week prior.
Nonetheless, in a 17-point loss to the Badgers, everyone seemed to exit the game with a sense of optimism and hope. Honestly, it was the first time I didn’t feel heartbroken after a Nebraska game in a long, long time.
Adrian Martinez (@MartinezTheQB) has 916 pass yards, 253 rush yards and 8 total TDs through five games. Of the 18 other players to do that since 2000, some of the other names on the list: Tim Tebow, Lamar Jackson, Colin Kaepernick, Kyler Murray & Denard Robinson. #GBR #Huskers
— Armchair Nebraska (@ArmchairHuskers) October 8, 2018
How did Northwestern look last weekend?
They knocked off a ranked Michigan State on the road behind eight total rushing yards. I supposed Clayton Thorson’s 373 passing yards and three touchdowns also helped.
Tough loss after tough loss finally paid off for Pat Fitzgerald’s Wildcats in their second win of the season. A lack of ground game after the sudden retirement of their starting running back hurts the team. However, now they are even more predictable.
At this point, they are who they are. Thorson is a solid talent, they will throw, throw, throw. They won’t commit a lot of penalties and they will fight to the end.
What is Vegas saying?
The line for this game is Northwestern by 4.5. That’s for a contest between a winless team with three straight 14-plus point losses and a team coming off a road win versus a ranked opponent. I guess, sometimes, record isn’t everything. Three of the Huskers losses have been against top-20 teams, and they looked more prepared than ever last week. The inner corrosion is gone and everyone left has bought in.
The over/under here is 59.5. Vegas must be think the score is going to be around 32-28. Both defenses are underappreciated, but I see offense ruling the day. Take the over here.
Oh, and take the Huskers getting their first W.
Prediction: Huskers 34, Wildcats 31
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