Nebraska-New Mexico State: Are Huskers Primed to Be Upset?

Bleacher ReportAnalyst ISeptember 11, 2008

I do believe after watching Nebraska's performance last week that they are primed to be upset this week at home by the New Mexico State Aggies.  After last week's performance, I just do not have a real positive feeling about this Nebraska team right now.

The offense was totally discombobulated and ineffective last week against an undersized and outmanned SJSU team defense.  The Aggies will be playing defense under Joe Lee Dunn's unorthodox 3-3-5 defense.

Expect to see eight or nine NMSU defenders at the line of scrimmage on every play.  Every one of these players will be faking blitzes and pulling back, making it difficult for the Nebraska offensive line to know for sure which players are coming on the blitz and which will be dropping into pass coverage.

The Nebraska offensive line, which coming into the season was advertised by the coaching staff as the best unit on the team, has been up to this point a complete disappointment and about the weakest part of the team.

Whichever players NMSU does send on the blitz, they will try to drop five, six, and maybe eight guys at times into pass coverage, making Joe Ganz's job of deciphering coverages even more difficult.  What looks like man to man could be a zone coverage in disguise.

Nebraska's bigger problem with New Mexico St. may be the Hal Mumme spread offense and an effective trigger man in Chase Holbrook.

These spread offenses look to exploit matchup problems within the linebackers and the secondary, and I just think Nebraska's lack of depth and experience at LB is going to be exposed this week.

Nebraska's secondary play has also not been real solid the first two games, with safeties getting out of position and a lack of communication within the defense.

I expect a NMSU victory this Saturday night in Lincoln: NU 17, NMSU 34.