Huskers Do… cause bad puns

Editorial Note: cross-posted from Conquest Chronicles.

Taking a look at the game against Nebraska from the standpoint of a Husker, this is what I’d be looking for from my team:

  1. Run the ball: Sure SC has a pretty strong D-line, but the linebackers are prone to over-pursuing. With an average running back, that might not get you much, but Marlon Lucky isn’t an average running back. If Lucky can break a few long runs, it helps open up opportunities to pass as well.
  2. Don’t be afraid to pass: SC’s secondary isn’t great across the board, and Pinkard’s out with a torn ACL. Buy Keller some time, and he should be able to make some passes. Plus Lucky can take a short pass and make it into a long reception.

Either way, I suppose what I’m really saying is get the ball to Lucky.

  1. Consistency: the Huskers were strong against the rush and weaker against the pass – relatively speaking – before reversing it against Wake. If I had to focus on something, it would be stuffing the run and forcing Booty into as many mental errors as possible. Worked for a certain team in powder blue, after all.

If I were a Husker, this is what I would be worried about:

  1. What happens if SC does stuff the run and force Nebraska to the air? Or, what if playing the percentage game fails and Nebraska gets behind? Because if you need either consistency or points in a hurry…
  2. Keller hasn’t been firing on all cylinders yet. He could run amok against the SC secondary, or he could be throwing gifts to them all day. He might even do both in the same series. You just don’t know.
  3. Playing into SC’s hands: stuffing the run and counting on the strength of the secondary hasn’t worked all that well for Michigan in recent Rose Bowls.

What I wouldn’t be worried about, if I were a Husker, would be a blow-out… the teams are stronger than that, on paper at least.

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2 Responses

  1. You certainly picked a great day to fly to Scotland.

    France 0-1 Scotland
    McFadden 64′

    Hell, they’ll probably be handing out pints to everyone as they land at the airport.

    And speaking of the airport, you know that the legend of John Smeaton is cashing in some of those 1000+ pints as we speak.

    Congratulations to the both of you- what a fun week to be home again.

  2. We don’t get there until Friday a.m., but I suspect a number of people will only be sobering up then anyway.

    I can’t believe it. Pinch me, it’s not real!

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