There are multiple reasons Nebraska is going to lose this game, but I think the most important reason is the first.
Nebraska Doesn’t Have the Fight
I don’t know why it seems like it this year, but Nebraska seems to roll over when times get tough. Just like when Bill, Bo, and Mike were here. I know Scott Frost is trying to fix this, but it’s not fixed yet.
The simple fact is that the team is still trying to find ways to win. Nebraska could easily be 1-6 right now. Granted, the Huskers could also be 5-2, but the 4-3 record feels closer to 1-6. This team still hasn’t learned how to fight through adversity and how to win the games they’re supposed to.
Indiana is Fighting for Something
At 5-2 the Hoosiers are fighting to become bowl eligible right now. One win in Lincoln will punch their ticket to some postseason game. Nebraska is two wins away from playing in December, and this is a must win if they want to be there.
Sadly, I don’t see this team coming out on Sunday and shutting down Indiana. The Hoosiers may be playing in December while the Huskers sit on their couch. After missing a bowl game the last two seasons it’s very important to get those extra practices in. The real question is, does Nebraska have enough in the tank to pull out a win and get that much closer to December? Time and opportunities are running out.
It was obvious two weeks ago, when Nebraska went up to Minnesota, Adrian Martinez is not the issue with the offense. He may not be as sharp he was last year, but there are so many other issues. Wan’Dale Robinson getting injured hurt this offense so much that it basically made everything stop.
Maurice Washington leaving the team is going to hurt too. The offensive line has had problems blocking all year, and the receivers can’t seem to get open. I don’t have a lot of faith that these issues are going to be solved in two weeks.
Indiana is a Good Team
Watching Indiana play is more enjoyable than Minnesota. Even though Minnesota is 7-0, I could easily see the Hoosiers pulling a fast one on them. I haven’t watched a ton of Indiana football, but I know they have a solid defense and a decent offense.
Left-handed QB Michael Penix Jr. can beat you in the air or on the ground. He’s a game-time decision on Saturday. If he can’t play, that’s going to be huge for Nebraska. If he can, might as well be ready to leave at halftime.
Nebraska is Wearing Black
EVERYBODY FREAK OUT