Week 10 at Nebraska
Nebraska enters the season as one of the most hyped teams in the nation and a trendy pick to win the Big Ten West in year two under Scott Frost. Is all of the attention justified?
It pains me to say, but I’m buying it.
It all starts with Adrian Martinez under center. Coming off of a big freshman year at the helm of Frost’s high-octane offense, the dual-threat signal-caller is a sleeper pick by some to contend for the Heisman Trophy. The Huskers will go as far as Martinez takes them, which could be a pretty long way with some of the weapons he will have around him, including one of the conference’s best receivers in JD Spielman. With Frost calling the shots, this should be a top offense in the Big Ten, and I think they’ll be able to put plenty of points on the board against the Badgers.
Given the nature of Wisconsin’s offense, the Badgers are going to have a very difficult time keeping up with the Huskers on the scoreboard if they find themselves playing catch-up. Unfortunately, I think Nebraska has a solid enough defensive unit up front to contain Jonathan Taylor and company just enough to keep the Badgers in the rearview mirror throughout and get the win.
Nebraska 31 – Wisconsin 24
This is the matchup a lot of people are looking forward too. There are some very high expectations on the Huskers this year in coach Scott Frost’s second season after a disappointing 4-8 campaign a year ago.
Sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez will be tough to contain and with a second year in the offense, I think we can expect even more out of him this season. The offense shouldn’t be a problem for Nebraska. I think the defense will be the thing that holds them back. Last season, Wisconsin scored 41 points on the Huskers.
I think this Huskers team will be vastly improved over last season. I’m not ready to crown them the best team in the Big Ten West just yet, but I think the game being in Nebraska will be a big advantage for Nebraska and they do just enough to beat Wisconsin in a high-scoring game.
Wisconsin 37 – Nebraska 42