Tonight, to my dismay, Texas A&M failed to pull off a major upset against third-ranked Texas. So, that leaves it to Nebraska. Can Nebraska use their great defense, and step up to win the Big-12 and dismantle the BCS system? My hope is yes.
Tonight, Texas A&M showed the weaknesses of a great Longhorn Defense. They showed that the longhorns are susceptible to a dual threat quarterback that runs a good zone read, and can move the pocket. They also showed that a good combination of power and speed in their runners messed up this defense. With Jerrod Johnson Scrambling and avoiding pressure to make big plays, the Longhorn defense was in a shambles.
The problem with that is that the Nebraska quarterback, Zac Lee is not very mobile. He is a straight up pocket passer. But the power running back for Nebraska, Roy Helu Jr. seems to be the perfect back to go up against this Texas Defense. He averages 5.5 yards per carry, he has 1.057 yards on the ground and nine touchdowns. He is strong and has the ability to break tackles. You saw tonight that when the A&M half-back, Christine Michael starting showing off the ability to break tackles, he really got to this defense.
Not only is the offense going to be a critical part of the Big-12 championship, but the superior Nebraska defense needs to show up. The most Nebraska has given up on the season is 17 points to Kansas. They've held opponents to 10 points or less in eight times. They only allow 253.72 yards per game on defense. This is a stout defense going up against the hottest offense in college football.
Since Nebraska does not have the dual-threat that A&M had in Jerrod Johnson, I would like to see Cody Green split time with Zac Lee. Cody Lee has shown the ability to run well, but his passing has been shaky. I don't expect to see Lee to see much of anytime but if I was Bo Pelini I would have him drop back five or six times or bring him in, in a shotgun to use as a decoy. Otherwise, have Zac Lee run the offense.
If Nebraska can use their great defense to slow-down Colt McCoy and they can use these offensive keys, they can upset Texas, and ultimately dismantle the BCS. For this season at least.
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