Last week I was wrong for the first time this season, and I can’t say I’m surprised. I think Kirk Herbstreit wiretapped my apartment because I said before the Northwestern game that Nebraska was going to win six of its last seven and become bowl eligible. With a win last week that is still technically possible, but I’m here to say I’m wrong yet again and we are going to lose to the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman.
Bare with me because some of these might be far-fetched, but trust me about this one. Nebraska is going to lose on Saturday.
Nebraska is Tired
Nebraska had its bye week during week one. There are injuries across the board and I’m sure everybody on the team is tired at this point. Playing 12 weeks in a row is not easy, even most NFL teams don’t play 12 weeks in a row. The game is at 11:00 a.m. so maybe we’ll see a slow start by the offense once again.
In all honesty this is probably just an excuse I’m going to make when we get beat by a lesser opponent at home once again, but the coaches should never use this excuse.
This is a Trap Game
I know trap games are usually when a good team plays a team they should beat. Nebraska definitely isn’t a good team, but they could be looking ahead to the Ohio State game because a win against the Buckeyes would keep bowl eligibility hopes alive for the Huskers.
I know Nebraska is playing an FCS team, and even though they’re not playing one of the top dogs like North Dakota State or South Dakota state it’s still a challenge. FCS teams have really stepped up their game in the last 10 years and have been competing well with FBS teams.
Bethune-Cookman’s offense is averaging 32.8 points per game, and with the defense Nebraska has I could see them hitting that mark.
Whenever I write about the Huskers they remind me of the Kansas City Chiefs. For those of you that don’t watch the NFL, the Chiefs have the worst defense in the NFL and it seems their offense has to score 40+ a game to win. Last week our fearless leader Jon Johnston said that Nebraska would have to score over 40 to win the game against Minnesota, and even though it wouldn’t have taken 40 he was right.
The Wildcats’ offense is going to be tougher to stop than people realize.
I’ve heard from a couple people that Bethune-Cookman has a pretty good return team, which gives me goosebumps thinking about how Nebraska’s special teams have looked this year.
I have to give Isaac Armstrong some credit though, he has preformed incredibly well for replacing Caleb Lightbourn who hasn’t improved as much as Husker fans would like. Maurice Washington promised Husker fans a kick return this season, so with Nebraska’s luck they are going to be down by one with 10 seconds left and Washington will be on the way to the house and get chased down and stripped by the kicker.
Nebraska Hasn’t Won Two in a Row Since September of 2017
The last time Nebraska won in consecutive weeks they played Rutgers and then Illinois. Nebraska beat two of the worst teams in the Big Ten last year in back-to-back weeks.
There have been multiple scenarios this season that have given Nebraska a chance to win in back to back weeks. The win against Minnesota marked 357 days since the last win the Huskers had against Purdue in 2017. I predict the success of one win to get to the players heads and let Bethune-Cookman make this more of a game than it should be.