The two top teams of the Big 12 meet this weekend when the #1 Texas A&M Aggies come into Lincoln this weekend to face #2 Nebraska. Given where these two teams are and how they're playing, something has to give:
- Nebraska is 26-2-1 at home, having won their last 14 of 15.
- Texas A&M is 10-2 away from home this year and has won nine straight road games for the first time since 1989. The Aggies have won 24 of their last 26.
- The Aggies have swept five consecutive conference series (Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Missouri) for the first time in school history.
- Texas A&M is leading nearly every offensive stat in the Big 12. Nebraska... isnÕt even close. (see below)
- NebraskaÕs pitching is better than Texas A&MÕs, but not by much (below).
- Both teams have good pitchers, and good depth.
All of this stacks up to be one heckuva series.
The series will be a good indication of where the Huskers stack up with regards to post-season play. There are a number of different scenarios that will come out of this weekend:
- If we somehow sweep Texas A&M, we control our destiny. We can win the Big 12 by winning the series against Mizzou and we'll probably get a national seed (host a Super Regional).
- If we win the series, we'd need to sweep Missouri and have Texas win their series against A&M to win the Big 12. The possibility of a national seed is there dependent upon how we do in the Big 12 tourney.
- If we lose the series, we cannot win the Big 12, and most likely will not get a national seed. Oklahoma State has a chance to catch us in the Big 12 race.
- If we get swept, we won't have a shot at winning the Big 12. We'll still host a regional, but probably have lost a chance at a national seed.
Projected Starting Pitchers
|Friday||RH Johnny Dorn (5-1, 2.69 ERA)||LH Brooks Raley (6-0, 3.70 ERA)|
|Saturday - G1||RH Thad Weber (8-2, 4.28 ERA)||RH Barret Loux (4-1, 4.28 ERA)|
|Saturday - G2||RH Aaron Pribanic (3-3, 4.16 ERA)||RH Clayton Ehlert (6-2, 2.82ERA)|
|Batting Average||Slugging %||On Base %|
|1. Texas A&M||0.328||1. Texas A&M||0.535||1. Texas A&M||0.429|
|7. Nebraska||0.271||8. Nebraska||0.392||6. Nebraska||0.363|
|1. Texas A&M||185||1. Texas A&M||247||1. Texas A&M||174|
|6. Nebraska||126||8. Nebraska||187||6. Nebraska||119|
|Homers||Total Bases||Total Plate App|
|1. Texas A&M||33||1. Texas A&M||402||2. Texas A&M||914|
|8. Nebraska||14||8. Nebraska||270||10. Nebraska||824|
|At Bats||Walks||Hit By Pitch|
|3. (tie) Texas A&M||752||2. Texas A&M||102||1. Texs A&M||39|
|10. Nebraska||689||8. Nebraska||75||2. Nebraska||30|
|6. Texas A&M||18|
|Team ERA||Opp Batting Avg||Strike Out|
|2. Nebraska||4.21||2. Nebraska||0.266||1. Nebraska||184|
|3. Texas A&M||4.29||4. Texas A&M||0.274||4. Texas A&M||161|
|Walks Allowed||Homers Allowed||Wild Pitches|
|2. Texas A&M||65||1. Nebraska||11||1. (tie) Nebraska||14|
|4. Nebraska||75||2. Texas A&M||14||7. Texas A&M||12|
|4. Texas A&M||25|