1. Defense Must Match the Spartans'
After the first quarter versus Northwestern, Nebraska's defense has put together seven solid quarters of defensive play.
Against Michigan, the Blackshirts recorded an impressive seven sacks.
However, Michigan State is not Michigan. That's an obvious fact, though.
Regardless, Nebraska's defense will have to match the Spartans defense.
If the Huskers can keep it close throughout the whole game, it will be key. Plus, when Nebraska holds a team to less than 34 points, the Huskers typically win.
The Blackshirts will be a major factor in keeping Nebraska in this game. If they can play to the Spartans' level, the game could easily swing in the Huskers' favor.
If anyone believes that defense wins championships, this game will be the one to prove that.
After all, whichever team's defense holds on harder will likely help win the game.
2. Throw the Ball
Michigan State isn't going to allow much from the running perspective.
This will be frustrating for I-back Ameer Abdullah. However, it's best that the Huskers do not waste too much time trying to make the run game happen.
With talented wide receivers, quarterback Tommy Armstrong should be passing to Quincy Enunwa, Jordan Westerkamp and Kenny Bell when possible.
An added benefit for the Huskers is that Ron Kellogg III can also assist Armstrong. If the redshirt freshman struggles, Kellogg can step in to help get the passing game going.
Michigan State will be ready for whatever quarterback is in the game. However, passing the ball will be a much more effective strategy against the Spartans than running the ball.
Abdullah may be able to get a little going in terms of running, but it will be very limited. Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck will have to be sensitive to this.
Additionally, the offensive line will have to step up and protect. Though injured, the group can accomplish this.
3. Crowd Involvement
Memorial Stadium better be ready to rock on Saturday.
When Michigan State arrives to town, the Huskers fanbase will be a big part in how the Huskers play.
If Nebraska fans can keep Memorial Stadium electric, the momentum could play in the Huskers' favor. Loud stadiums have a tendency of doing that.
With the Spartans offense being less notable than its defense, crowd noise could rattle the team. Plus, it could benefit the Blackshirts.
There is a reason Texas A&M prides itself on "The 12th Man." The Aggie fans are as much a part of the game as anything else.
'The Iron N,' the official student section of Husker Athletics, is trying to make that happen with rally towels. The group is encouraging the fans to bring black towels in an effort to make Memorial Stadium louder than usual.
That's what Memorial Stadium needs to be. If the Huskers want to go to the Big Ten Championship, Saturday's matchup with Michigan State very well could decide it.
So as fans, be loud and be proud.