Sorry for the lateness of this article, but the real job has had me all over the place this week.
I have noticed that a few writers out there are saying that one of the keys to winning the Big 12 North is winning against South. Well, there is some truth to that I will admit, but only to the point that you do have to win the most games in your division in order to win the division and that includes those scheduled against the southern division.
That only makes sense, win the majority of games on your schedule and you are a winner, win enough of them and you are divisional champ and then win one more and you are the conference champ, you see where I am going with this right.
Anyway, most of you will remember last year’s game down in Lubbock, where the Huskers rallied from a 14-point deficit, only to have Joe Gantz throw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted and the Huskers went down 37-31, but we can’t cry about the “what should have been” or it will eat your heart out.
One of my concerns entering this game is the fact that T-Rex is out. Yes, I know that we do have other running backs such as the Texas trio of sophomore Marcus Mendoza, red shirt freshman Lester Ward, and true freshman Dontrayevous Robinson. But Burkhead had that certain “something” that made you forget he was a freshman because he didn’t play like it when he was in the game.
Against Tech, we face another team that is capable of turning the scoreboard into a pinball machine as they rank second in the nation in scoring, passing offense, and total offense. Just last week against Kansas State, who came into the game ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 in pass defense, but allowed Steve Sheffield to pummel them for 490 yard and seven touchdown passes.
One of the keys to this game will be similar to the Missouri game, can the Huskers front four contain and apply enough pressure on Sheffield to allow the other seven to drop back into coverage. A huge matchup will be Tech’s 6'7", 334 pound Brandon Carter, a preseason All-American against Ndamukong Suh. Whoever wins this battle will go a long way towards determining the outcome of the game I believe.
To me, the Huskers will need to play ball control against Tech, control the clock with the running game and an intermediate passing attack. Keep the chains moving and the clock ticking. Hopefully this will make Sheffield anxious and due to his inexperience force him into some mistakes that the Huskers defense can take advantage of.
So far this season, Tech has started five different line combinations in their six games. This could bode well for Suh, Turner, Crick and Allen as they continue to grow as an impressive force to be reckoned with.
Bottom line, I of course like the Huskers to win at home in great fall football weather by the score of 38-21, GBR!