Alright folks, less than 36 hours till we cut mustard in Memorial Stadium Saturday night. Your 5-2 Nebraska Cornhuskers take on the 5-2 Michigan Wolverines with the winner having a vice tight lock on the division, while the non-winner can start making plans for Florida to play a SEC team in either Jacksonville or Orlando.
We know you wanna know about those Wolverines from Ann Arbor, and for that we enlisted Zach Travis, one of the head men of Maize n Brew, the SBNation Michigan community. You may have heard Jake Sorensen talk to Zach in this week's Husker CornCast on Wednesday evening also.
In this Q and A episode, we talked about Denard (of course), the disappearance of Fitz Toussant, how this team has matured since the Alabama loss, and how last week's all day affair against Michigan State may affect them Saturday night in Lincoln.
1. Well, seems like the Wolverines have done well to get past the opening weekend slip up against Alabama in Arlington. What happened on that evening, and how has Michigan grown up to this week?
Michigan faced a great team that was primed to exploit its weaknesses. Alabama's rushing offense is led by one of the best offensive lines in the country, and Michigan's defensive line had a lot of growing up to do early in the year. The game got ugly early because the line got pushed around quite a bit. On the other side of the ball, Alabama's defense is the perfect unit to stop Michigan's offense: a big fast front seven that plays smart and contains the ground game, and an athletic secondary that makes life hard on a quarterback trying to deal with a lot of third-and-longs.
Thankfully, that was game one and Michigan's defensive line used that game as a learning experience and is playing much better now. The offense hasn't much progressed from that game, but it is still kind of where most of us expected coming into the year.