Nebraska Football: 5 Bold Predictions for Nebraska Against Penn State

Matt Zvolanek@MattZvolanekCorrespondent IINovember 11, 2011

Nebraska Football: 5 Bold Predictions for Nebraska Against Penn State

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    Nebraska goes on the road this weekend to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions. What exactly will happen remains to be seen. But that doesn't mean one can't make bold predictions that may or may not come true.

    Who's to say how after the week of distractions and firing of Joe Paterno, the Nittany Lions come out to play and how the game will go. 

    I offer these five bold predictions for this week's scuffle in Happy Valley.

Rex Burkhead Reaches the 1,000-Yard Mark

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    This shouldn't be that hard. Against Michigan State's vaunted defense, Burkhead ran for 130 yards and two scores.

    Penn State has just as good of a defense as the Spartans, only allowing 1007 total rushing yards or about 112 yards a game. 

    Some will say Burkhead had a bad day rushing against Northwestern. After all, Burkhead only had 69 yards on the ground. Yet, many noticed Burkhead looked tired, worn out perhaps from the many carries he received the week before. 

    Burkhead is at 951 yards on the season. If he can get at least 49 yards rushing, which he could do in his sleep, he will be at 1,000 yards on the year.

Martinez Will Have over 200 Yards Passing

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    This might be a stretch, especially if Burkhead is back at full power. 

    Last week, Martinez threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns, granted that was against one of the worst passing defenses in the nation. 

    Penn State is way better than Northwestern, but did allow Dan Persa to throw for almost 300 yards. They also allowed Purdue and Indiana to throw for over 150 yards. 

    Critics will say that Martinez doesn't have the arm, or can't throw, etc, etc. Martinez showed good decisions last week, throwing balls that at some times looked to be on a string. 

    Martinez appears to be even more confident in his passing abilities. And with all the distractions at Penn State this week, he could potentially throw for 200 yards or more.

Jamal Turner Will Actually See the Field Again

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    After dropping a touchdown pass at Minnesota, Turner hasn't seen the playing field. After not appearing in the Michigan State game, most thought it was just a fluke. It was later revealed that Tim Marlowe had a better week of practice. 

    Turner was on the bench again last weekend. Why? Because Turner had just been going through the motions, not putting his heart into it. That's why coaches gave the nod to Marlowe. 

    Turner should have corrected his mistake and will be most likely on the field this Saturday.

The Sea of Red Will Still Be Present

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    Due to the violence that broke out Wednesday, combined with death threats against a Penn State coach, Tom Osborne told fans not to wear red.

    With all due respect, I believe the Husker faithful will be there in full force with their red on. The Sea of Red never has backed down from anything. 

    Notre Dame. The Sea of Red was there in full force. Why should Husker fans be scared of a few rowdy students and Penn State fans lamenting the loss of their head coach and embarrassed by the scandal that broke out the past week? Nebraska had nothing to do with it.

    There will still be red in Beaver Stadium, though the Sea of Red might look more like a few isolated puddles.

Nebraska Will Win

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    The inevitable. The Huskers coming out on top. Nebraska, with the exception of Wisconsin, has played pretty good in the road thus far, granted that was against Wyoming and Minnesota. 

    Martinez seems to have calmed down in the pocket and deliver more accurate balls to his receivers.   Burkhead still carries the load and will be a key to winning this game. 

    The only question is what Husker defense will we see. Will it be the Blackshirts that we witnessed hold Michigan State to three points. Or will it be the defense that allowed Northwestern to run all over them?

    Regardless, Nebraska has to make the most of its opportunities. If the Huskers do that, they will win.

    Final Score Prediction: 27-10