Virginia Tech-Nebraska: A Test for Two Teams Trying to Pass for Elite
Week Three brings a battle between two powerhouse schools: No. 13 Virginia Tech and No. 19 Nebraska.
This game will give each team a true idea of where they stand in the college football world. These teams have met twice before, each winning a game. Their most recent game was last season, when Virginia Tech won on the road in Nebraska, 35-30.
Nebraska hopes to take back its place as one of the elite college football schools in America, while Virginia Tech is riding high as one of the most successful schools of the last decade.
However,Tech is still searching for that evasive National Championship trophy.
Let's break down what each side has to offer heading into this weekend.
Virginia Tech Hokies
Virginia Tech has seen both extremes in competition so far this season.
During week one they lost 34-24 to Alabama. They held their own for three quarters, but simply got outplayed in the fourth.
Marshall came to town for week two. V-Tech amassed over 600 yards of total offense, including 444 yards on the ground with four rushing touchdowns.
The nation has heard all about Tyrod Taylor; he can run with the best, but can he pass?
Completing only 50 percent of his passes, throwing for two touchdowns and one interception,these are not hallmarks of a great arm. He will hope to find some passing lanes against Nebraska.
Ryan Williams has emerged as the star player for Virginia Tech, already racking up five touchdowns and 235 rushing yards while launching like a rocket out of the backfield.
Virginia Tech showed signs of a stunning offense against Marshall, but they will get a true test against Nebraska. They will face an athletic defensive line, and Tyrod will need to get rid of the ball quickly if he plans on having any success.
If Virginia Tech can make some holes in the Nebraska defensive line, it could get ugly quick. Virginia Tech always has an aggressive defense, but they will have their hands full against a team with great success so far in the passing game.
Nebraska has managed to score a ton of points and allowed opponents very few in their games so far.
The Huskers beat Florida Atlantic 49-3 and Arkansas State 38-9. True, both of these teams were from the Sun Belt Conference. But still, they are showing they have some firepower.
Quarterback Zac Lee has already thrown for six touchdowns and over 500 yards. His pass completion percentage is stunning at more than 70 percent. He will get to see what he is capable of against the dangerous secondary of Virginia Tech.
Nebraska will bring a solid rushing attack of their own. Roy Helu has three touchdowns and over 200 yards rushing.
The Cornhuskers also have two receivers with eight catches each in Menelik Holt and Mike McNeill. These receivers will attempt to showcase their skills against a much faster and aggressive Virginia Tech defense.
Nebraska is searching for an impressive win. A win against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., would definitely be an impressive one.
If they can continue to air it out against the Virginia Tech defense as they have so far this season, they will have some major bragging rights.
Defensively, they will have to slow down the Hokie running game. Doing so will force Tyrod to throw the ball, giving the Cornhuskers a lot better chance of stumping the Hokies.