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Nebraska Football: Reasons The Huskers Will Beat Maryland

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There are plenty of reasons as to why Nebraska will beat Maryland. Only one really counts.

Gallery: Huskers Open Season with Win over Fresno St.

Here we are playing Maryland as a conference game. I imagine that they are as confused about what it's like to come to Nebraska and Memorial Stadium as it is for us to have them in the Big Ten.

I’m sure as they get off the plane that their players will be looking around and wondering where the hell they are. Where’s the water? Where’s the traffic? Where’s the density of the human population crammed into tiny ticky tack houses?

Doesn’t matter. They’re just coming to Nebraska to lose anyway.

Senior Day

This is a tweet from the Nebraska athletic department’s @huskers account on July 7, before the season started. Sam Foltz looks like a deity. He looks like a young man who knows where he’s going. As the tweet says, “That hair.” What a beautiful young man.

This will be the Sam Foltz that stays with all of us forever.

This group of seniors has turned out to be a fairly resilient bunch. They obviously have their issues with the new coaching staff last season and turn things around to have a pretty decent team so far this year.

They’ll come together for their last game on capital Memorial Stadium turf. It won’t matter if Tommy Armstrong starts and plays or not. They’ll win this game because of their resilience, their togetherness.

Your Nebraska seniors:

No. Name Position Hometown
4 Tommy Armstrong Jr. QB Cibolo, Texas (Steele)
52 Josh Banderas LB Lincoln, Neb. (Southwest)
40 Ty Betka WR Superior, Neb. (Drake)
11 Cethan Carter TE New Orleans, La. (Archbishop Rummel)
84 Sam Cotton TE Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)
88 Ross Dzuris DE Plattsmouth, Neb. (Plattsmouth)
27 Sam Foltz P Greeley, Neb. (Grand Island)
42 Trey Foster TE Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)
17 Ryker Fyfe QB Grand Island, Neb. (Grand Island)
25 Nathan Gerry S Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington)
73 Sam Hahn OL DeWitt, Neb. (North Dakota State) (Tri-County)
21 Charles Jackson DB Spring, Texas (Klein Collins)
50 Garret Johns DL Aurora, Neb. (Aurora)
95 Spencer Lindsay PK Kearney, Neb. (Kearney)
55 Kevin Maurice DT Orlando, Fla. (Freedom)
44 Mitch McCann FB Omaha, Neb. (Burke)
82 Alonzo Moore WR Winnfield, La. (Winnfield Senior)
29 Graham Nabity IB Omaha, Neb. (Elkhorn)
39 Jordan Nelson IB Omaha, Neb. (Burke)
34 Terrell Newby IB Los Angeles, Calif. (Chaminade)
55 Robby Painter OL Centennial, Colo. (Grandview)
97 Logan Rath DT Giltner, Neb. (South Dakota State) (Giltner)
87 Brandon Reilly WR Lincoln, Neb. (Southwest)
15 Michael Rose-Ivey LB Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst)
56 Brad Simpson LB Omaha, Neb. (Ralston)
26 Jamie Sutcliffe PK Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Utah/Pierce College) (Thousand Oaks)
66 Dylan Utter OL Papillion, Neb. (Papillion-LaVista)
1 Jordan Westerkamp WR Lombard, Ill. (Montini Catholic)
58 Corey Whitaker OL Murrieta, Calif. (Vista Murrieta)
33 Tanner Zlab DB Wilber, Neb. (Doane) (Wilber-Clatonia)

There’s are certainly other reasons as to why Nebraska will win. Maryland’s rush defense is 113th nationally, giving up 228.7 yards per game. They’re 12th in conference in this category. The Huskers should be capable of running the ball at them while mixing in some sporadic passes to keep them honest.

Maryland’s quarterback has been fighting injuries much like Tommy Armstrong, the Terps have no real deep threat (106th nationally in offensive pass plays over 20+ yards) that might keep the Huskers from stacking the line to stop the run and making them one dimensional. One of their main offensive threats, running back Lorenzo Harrison, is suspended indefinitely due to a BB gun incident at Maryland.

There’s absolutely no reason Nebraska will lose this game. None.