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Yes, the Blackshirts showed signs of life against a legitimate offense like Illinois on Saturday. But there’s still plenty of work to do. Nebraska’s defense is still ranked No. 57 nationally in scoring defense, No. 86 nationally in rushing defense, No. 98 nationally (!) in passing defense and No. 99 nationally (!!) in total defense.
And that’s after a good performance against Illinois.
Brandon Vogel of Hail Varsity put out a very interesting piece of statistical analysis that suggests bad defenses don’t become great defenses overnight. So even if Nebraska’s defense just shows steady improvement over the rest of the season, defense is not likely to be NU’s strength.
So the offense will still have to carry the team if Nebraska is to find success in the B1G. And Abdullah right now is the best weapon in Nebraska’s offensive arsenal. So if Nebraska is going to get back to Indianapolis, it looks as if it will be Abdullah that will lead the charge there.
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