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Five Heart Podcast Episode 247: Prove It

Northwestern v Nebraska

This week on the Five Heart Podcast, Jon and Greg look back at the 56-7 win over Northwestern last week.

How’d the offense perform? How about that defense? And how nice was it to not have to rely on special teams (though 84 yards per punt average is pretty nifty)?

Looking ahead at Michigan, how do the Huskers stack up? Well let’s look at the #9 and undefeated Weasels.

Winners over Western Michigan, Washington (who the week prior lost to FCS Montana), Northern Illinois, Rutgers, and - let’s face it - an atypical Wisconsin team. They’ve held their opponents to no more than 17 points, and seem to have “the guy” at quarterback for the first time in Jim Harbaugh’s tenure. But have they really beaten anyone of consequence? They remind me of some of the Husker teams of the Pelini era that started off 5-0 or 6-0 while playing lower non-conference opponents and lesser Big XII competition. Then they get on the big stage and we see what they truly are.

That’s how I’m hoping this week’s game goes. That the Huskers expose Michigan. Dare I say Nebraska’s losses to top-5 Oklahoma and top-20 Sparty are more impressive than what the Weasels have accomplished so far.

But that’s why they play the game. And Jon hit the nail on the head and inadvertently provided the title of this episode: Prove It. It’s time for Nebraska to show the world, on another primetime stage, that last week’s 56-7 win over a Pat Fitzgerald defense was not a fluke, but a big step forward for Scott Frost’s Huskers.