After a convincing win over Illinois, Nebraska heads to Indiana to face Purdue in a Big Ten football mismatch on Saturday.
Last week, the Cornhuskers (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) posted 521 total yards without the help of starting quarterback Taylor Martinez in their 39-19 victory over Illinois.
Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. filled in nicely for the injured Martinez, going 8-of-13 for 135 yards and two touchdowns while junior running back Ameer Abdullah exploded for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Nebraska took a 17-0 lead and never looked back.
Purdue (1-4, 0-1 Big Ten) is one of the worst teams in the country. Coming off a 55-24 loss to Northern Illinois, the Boilermakers rank 113th in scoring average and 111th in points allowed per contest. They face an uphill battle against the Cornhuskers on Saturday.
Here's a preview of their Big Ten matchup in Indiana.
*Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com
When: Saturday, Oct. 12, at noon ET
Where: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, Ind.
Watch: Big Ten Network
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Nebraska -14
Nebraska Injuries (via USA Today)
Questionable: WR Jamal Turner (Hamstring), QB Taylor Martinez (Foot)
Purdue Injuries (via USA Today)
Questionable: CB Frankie Williams (Concussion), G Jordan Roos (Ankle)
Top Storyline: The Play of Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr.
Nebraska's offense didn't miss a beat in Martinez's absence last week against Illinois. A big part of that was because of the play of Armstrong.
In the last two games, Armstrong has gone a combined 20-of-28 passing for 304 yards and three touchdowns. If he qualified, he would rank fourth in the nation in yards per attempt and in the top 10 in completion percentage.
It's a small sample size so far, but it's still impressive what the redshirt freshman has done after being thrust into action following Martinez's turf toe injury.
Martinez is questionable to play against Purdue, according to Brian Rosenthal of the Lincoln Journal Star. He is reportedly running at full speed, but is not at 100 percent yet so it's quite possible that Armstrong will get the start again for the Cornhuskers on Saturday.
By the sound of things, Armstrong is ready to storm into West Lafayette:
Prediction: Nebraska 40, Purdue 20
Purdue's offense and defense can't stack up against the big boys. In fact, given their blowout loss to Cincinnati this season, the Boilermakers can't even stack up against mediocre teams.
Whether Martinez plays or not, Armstrong has proven he's more than up for the challenge. It also doesn't hurt that Purdue ranks 99th in the nation in average yards allowed per carry while Nebraska ranks 12th in average yards per carry with Abdullah.
After a rough loss to UCLA on Sept. 14, expect the Cornhuskers to win their third straight game on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.
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