Nebraska Football 2011: Wisconsin Recap, Ohio State Preview

Matt ZvolanekCorrespondent IIOctober 3, 2011

MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 1: Louis Nzegwu #93 of the Wisconsin Badgers pressures Taylor Martinez #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers October 1, 2011 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.  (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
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No. 14 Nebraska(4-1) vs Ohio State (3-2)

Recap:  Nebraska loses, 48-17. Welcome to the Big Ten, Huskers. Gone are the days of dominating the lesser teams in the Big 12 North. Nebraska received a wake-up call on national television. Nebraska was able to hang with the Badgers for a quarter and then it all went downhill. 

Martinez threw two interceptions in the second quarter that the Badgers cashed in on with two touchdowns. At halftime, the score was 27-14. Nebraska received the ball to start the third and Martinez threw his third pick, effectively dashing any comeback hopes.

It seems that Martinez doesn’t have a short memory.  As soon as he makes a mistake, he can’t forget it. It gets to him and affects him for the rest of the game. We saw that on Saturday.  On defense, there were some obvious flaws. 

The secondary still needs some work. I did like the blitz packages that were cooked up, but it doesn’t do any good if the defense can’t get to the quarterback. In all fairness, Russell Wilson is one hell of a player. He made plays with both his arms and his legs. Special teams were impressive and continue to be a big part of the Husker game. 

Nebraska is a good team, when they click and get rid of the miscues. Just how good this team can be remains to be seen. If the Huskers can buckle down and pull it together, they should be able to win a lackluster Legends division and get a rematch with the Badgers. If that happens, the results could be very different. 

What to Watch For: Nebraska is coming off their first loss of the season.  It will be interesting to see how this team regroups after the shellacking they took Saturday night. 

Biggest Question:  How committed is Tim Beck to Taylor Martinez?  Will last week’s game provide enough questioning of Taylor Martinez to open up the QB competition?  Could we see Brion Carnes on Saturday?

Projected Outcome:  Ohio State is reeling off another defeat, this time at the hands of Michigan State. While the Buckeyes are playing great defense, their offense leaves a lot to be desired.  They do, however, return the members of the Tattoo Five Minus Pryor. 

That should help out the Buckeye defense. Memorial Stadium is never an easy place to play.  Look for the Huskers to rebound and learn from last week’s mistakes.  Huskers win a close one, 17-14.

Interesting Fact:  Nebraska is currently 0-2 against the Buckeyes.  Look for that to change Saturday.