After coming off a huge win against Oregon at home, Nebraska will go on the road against Northwestern. Nebraska will look to continue the strong play.
NU is now 3-0, ranked 20th, and last week they beat Oregon in an emotional game by a score of 35-32. Northwestern is 1-2, receiving their first win of the season last week against Duke with the score being 24-13.
Controlling the offense for the Wildcats will be quarterback Clayton Thorson. The 6-4 220-pound sophomore has had a solid season thus far. Thorson has 707 yards and four touchdowns in this early season. He isn’t a threat to run, but he can really throw the ball all over the field. Nebraska did a solid job against the pass last week so he will have his hands full.
A name that is familiar to NU fans is Justin Jackson. Coming off a 1,418 yard and five touchdown season, Jackson is a complete back. The 193-pound junior has 260 yards and 3 scores so far this season.
At the wide receiver position, Austin Carr will be one of the go-to guys for Thorson. Carr this season has 283 yards receiving and two touchdowns so far this season.
The offensive line for Northwestern has struggled so far this season, so we will see if NU’s defensive line can cause problems
One of the anchors on the Northwestern defense will be junior Anthony Walker Jr. Walker Jr. has 19 tackles this season and a sack as well this year.
On the defensive line, watch for junior Xavier Washington. He has accumulated 12 tackles this season.
In the secondary, they have a big playmaker by the name of Godwin Igwebuike.
He has 22 tackles and has the ability to fly all over the field. Something to watch for is though, is their secondary is somewhat suspect this year.
Nebraska played a good game on the offensive side of the ball last week against Oregon. NU had 430 yards of total offense in a very balanced attack with 200 yards passing and 230 yards on the ground.
Tommy Armstrong once again could be the difference between winning and losing. So for he has taken care of the ball and the Huskers have won. Armstrong is completing passes at a 54% rate and he has 685 yards and seven touchdown passes. The big number is one, only one interception thrown this season by Armstrong. Armstrong also has 149 yards on the ground and three scores.
Devine Ozigbo again will be an x-factor he had a nice game last week, and he has the ability to do it again against Northwestern. Ozigbo has 242 yards and four scores so far in the season.
The wide receivers had a great game last week. Seven different Huskers caught a pass and that was key in the victory. This week the receivers look to be helpful in Tommy’s efforts to get them the ball.
Nebraska gave up 32 points last week but played really well. The Blackshirts though, gave up 333 yards on the ground. The majority of those runs came on outside plays. Justin Jackson could have a big game if he’s able to get to the outside.
The secondary had a nice game only giving up 146 yards through the air. Kieron Williams again had a great game with seven tackles and some key pass break ups.
The linebacker play was great, and Michael Rose-Ivey had six tackles, and a lot of those came in crunch time.
The defense will need to play well for the Huskers to win.
Nebraska will come into this game riding high, after beating Oregon. This game could be a trap game as Northwestern always plays very hard. NU should take care of business and win by a score of 45-13.