Nebraska has now won two games, and better yet they were back-to-back. I’d just like to point out I’m sick of writing about things wrong with Nebraska, so this week I’m going to write more about why Ohio State is going to beat Nebraska than why Nebraska is going to lose.
Will Nebraska be able to win three in a row? Probably not, and here’s why.
It’s Ohio State
I don’t know what to call this reason because there’s not really a better name for it. I could call it something like “Ohio State has outscored Nebraska 208-89 since Nebraska joined the Big Ten.” That’s too long, but it’s basically the reason.
Outside of 2011 Ohio State has absolutely owned Nebraska. One of the worst losses under Mike Riley was when the Buckeyes protected their home turf and beat the Huskers 62-3 in 2016. Speaking of protecting their home turf...
The Game is at the Horseshoe
The Horseshoe is one of the toughest places to play in college football, and it’s not going to be any easier on the Huskers this time. Almost 105,000 Ohio State fans are going to be cheering on the Buckeyes. Most people I’ve talked to who have been to both the Big House and the Horseshoe agree that the Horseshoe is much louder. I’ve been to Camp Randall twice and it’s overrated.
This stadium is the hardest place to play in the Big Ten, and with a true freshman quarterback Nebraska is going to struggle. Keep in mind I’m sure the defense won’t help out the offense at all.
Ohio State is a Good Team
Ohio State ranks number one in total offense in the Big Ten, and number two in total defense. While Nebraska has a good offense compared to the rest of the Big Ten, the Huskers rank third in the league, their defensive stats are a little skewed. Nebraska ranks fifth in the Big Ten in defense, but we all know Nebraska does not have the fifth best defense in the Big Ten.
Dwayne Haskins is a Heisman Trophy contender, and I expect him to give Nebraska more trouble than JT Barrett has given Nebraska in the past.
Ohio State is MAD
Let’s be honest, Ohio State is going to be licking its chops to play a 2-6 team. They got crushed by Purdue two weeks ago, and they had a bye week on October 27. Two weeks of practice to prepare for a team who has been underachieving is not the best case scenario for the Huskers.
You better believe Urban Meyer is going to get this team ready to play. Honestly, he probably had his team locked in by last Friday.
Meyer Won’t Have a Headache This Week
Everybody knows Meyer has had a history of health problems. That’s the ONLY reason he left Florida, right? Look, I don’t want to seem like I’m downgrading his health problems but some of this stuff is suspicious. Meyer has said that he’s been getting “severe headaches” during games, but he’s going to coach as long as possible.
Personally, I don’t think he’s going to retire after this season. I think it’s more likely he’s gone after next year. I doubt he’s going to have a headache this week.