(9) Nebraska Cornhuskers at (6) Ohio State Buckeyes
Nebraska: Last week, all these problems caught up to them and then again, Madison, Wisconsin is a very tough place to go get a win. The loss to Wisconsin just continued a trend for the Cornhuskers have lost ten games by ten or fewer points since 2014. I will give credit when and where it’s due because they did show a lot of fight last week, but they just fell short. The biggest improvement for Mike Riley’s team has been on the defensive side of the football. They’ve held five of their opponents this year to 17 points or fewer and they’ve been extremely tough in Big Ten play with all five of their in-conference opponents failing to score more than 23 points. Saturday night will be a test but almost a blessing in disguise for them. The test is facing Ohio State in Columbus and the blessing is facing the Buckeyes who have struggled offensively in their past few games.
Ohio State: After losing their first game to Penn State, they came back last week and faced a Northwestern team and barely got by the Wildcats. For a while, I had stated that their defense would undergo quite a few growing pains because they lost some pieces from last year’s team such as Joey Bosa and Eli Apple and their front seven was so inexperienced up front. It looked as if they were improving but as of late, they’ve been struggling once again. Last week in their game against Northwestern, they gave up 400 yards of offense at home for the first time since 2014. Luckily, they were able to hold them to under 20 points. They’ll look to fix their issues at home tonight when they face a Nebraska team itching to get a win once again.
Nebraska Player To Watch– Nate Gerry: Nebraska thrives off turnovers and this kid is a big reason behind that. He had two key interceptions against Wisconsin last week. He’s one interception away from tying the school record. If Nebraska can get some push up front with their front seven, he’ll be able to make plays on the football.
Ohio State Player To Watch– Curtis Samuel: For those of you that know me, you know the rule: You better have game if you have two first names. It’s only right. Ohio State has struggled to throw the ball this year, but Curtis has been a consistent player for them in that aspect of the game. He leads the team in receptions with 44 catches on the year. He’s also a solid rusher which has been of course the bread and better for Ohio State this year.
Prediction: This is the first meeting between these schools since 2012. Ohio State beat them by 25, 63-38 and this will be their third ever meeting tonight. Nebraska will be finishing off a tough two-game road stretch. Madison last week and Columbus tonight. Urban Meyer is looking to improve his record against ranked teams. I like Ohio State in this one. Ohio State 24 Nebraska 17