Last time we saw Nebraska in action, Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes offense were running wild over the Blackshirts.
Over the bye week, the Huskers did a lot of soul-searching and said they're ready to pursue Bo Pelini's challenge of running the table.
First up in the gauntlet: Northwestern.
Last year, the No. 10 Huskers were shocked 28-25 at home by a Wildcats team that was 3-5 at the time. The Husker defense was gashed for 468 total yards by Kain Colter and company.
This year, the "Battle of the NU's" takes place in Evanston, Illinois. And there is seemingly no end to the number of monkeys the Huskers could get off their backs with a victory.
Huskers fans don't just want to see a victory in the Chicago suburb, they want to see a compelling victory.
A romp if you will.
Huskers fans and Huskers players, for that matter, all want redemption. Not just for the loss at home last year, though that should be motivation enough.
They want redemption for the embarrassment in Columbus, for how the Wildcats beat Nebraska in every major sport last year and for the lack of execution on the road.
Yes, Northwestern proves to be a challenge.
Nebraska's defensive struggles against mobile quarterbacks is well documented. Tyrod Taylor of Virginia Tech, Russell Wilson of Wisconsin and Denard Robinson of Michigan are just a few of the dual-threat quarterbacks that have caused Bo's defense headaches. Do-it-all player Kain Colter is just another on the list.
Nebraska needs to come out crisp, avoid the turnovers and most importantly, shut down the Wildcat offense. The defense must force sacks, wrap up and not give up the play.
Can they do it? Sure, the Huskers have the talent. But do they have the will and mentality?
We'll find out Saturday. And if Bo Pelini and the Huskers come out of Evanston with a compelling win, redemption will be served.
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