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1. Step Up on Offensive Line
Nebraska's offensive line was one of the least worrisome aspects coming into the 2013 season.
In fact, led by senior Spencer Long, the offensive line looked to be in a really good position.
That is until Long was injured.
Since then, it's been a rough adjustment for those stepping up for the offensive line. Too many times, opposing teams have found ways to break through and get to the quarterback.
Michigan's defensive line isn't exactly the toughest, so this is a good opportunity for Nebraska to step up.
Injuries have plagued this group, but they shouldn't define it. The Michigan matchup will be a chance to turn it around.
2. Defensive Stands
Nebraska's defense allowed Northwestern to score on three of its first four possessions.
With former Husker Ndamukong Suh on the sidelines, it was the concerning part of Nebraska's game. While the offense battled to score, the defense couldn't stop the opposing team from doing the same.
With 11 minutes, seven seconds left in the second quarter versus Northwestern, things changed. The Huskers stopped the Wildcats on their next 11 possessions and forced 10 punts.
Adding to it, defensive end Avery Moss snagged an interception that he returned for 25 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
However, the defense made its biggest stand at the end of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong had just thrown a pick on the 7-yard line. It looked inevitable that the Wildcats would score.
That is until the Blackshirts took a stand. Holding Northwestern to only a field goal, Nebraska was then able to make the Hail Mary pass happen.
Whatever came over the Huskers as the game continued on versus Northwestern is exactly what must happen against Michigan.
Putting pressure on Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner will do nothing but benefit Nebraska.
It will be a big game for the Nebraska defense, but the group has shown what it is capable of when the players come together.
3. Stay Calm
The Big House is a daunting environment. I-back Ameer Abdullah knows this.
During Monday's press conference, Abdullah address the Michigan fans, via Huskers.com:
The Big House two years ago, they killed us up there. I was kind of shell-shocked. I didn't play much but just being there. Michigan fans are nasty, man. They are ruthless.
With that said, the Big House will be a big challenge.
The Huskers must find a way not to let it get to them. Opposing fanbases love to startle visiting teams, and Michigan will be no different.
Nebraska just needs to stay calm and focused on the end goal. If the team can do that, the Big House won't feel so big after all.