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Nebraska In Position For BCS Bid

Paul SalmanSenior Analyst IOctober 9, 2009


In a conference where only two teams know how to play defense (Oklahoma and Nebraska), The Nebraska Cornhuskers may be the dark horse to win the Big 12.

Nebraska has gone into Blacksburg and lost on a miracle 92 yard touchdown drive in two plays and now has gone into Missouri and shut down that potent offense. They have not allowed more than 16 points in any of their games this year and have held three of their five opponents to under 10 points. They have allowed only 1 passing touchdown all year, a stat that only the USC Trojans can say they are better in, with zero touchdown passes allowed to date.

The Cornhuskers have shown that they can play and win on the road, they can play and win under the lights, they can play and win out of adversity on the road as they did at Missouri, and most importantly, they can play defense.

Some may say that Nebraska's offense looked futile in the first three quarters, (so bad that Pelini almost benched Quarterback Zac Lee after halftime) and they will not be capable of keeping up with the likes of Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and/or Texas or Oklahoma State who they would have to face in the Big 12 championship should they get there.

However, look at what Nebraska did in the fourth quarter of yesterdays game on the road when they were down 12 points.

Zac Lee had completed just 9-of-27 passes for 79 yards through the first three quarters, and then turned in a clutch performance, on the road, and went 5-of-6 for 79 yards and three scores in the fourth quarter.

That fourth quarter shows what Nebraska is capable of on offense, along with proving to everyone, including themselves that they can handle adversity and come out with a win no matter the circumstances.

The way the schedule shapes up, Nebraska fans have every reason to believe that they can win the Big 12 North.

Nebraska plays Texas Tech at home next week, they get The Sooners at home in early November, and their most important game in terms of Big 12 North Standings will be at Kansas on November 14th. As mentioned above, we know how well Nebraska plays on the road.

Look for Nebraska to play Texas in the Big 12 championship game, and possibly throw a monkey wrench into this years BCS final standings, and maybe even include themselves in the mix.


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