Originally Posted by Florida_Bronco
Nebraska is much more talented team than alot of people give them credit for. We have 4 very talented running backs that could all probably start on other teams, a very good (and underrated) quarterback and one of the better tight ends in the NCAA if Herian can return ro form. Our defense has a very good pass rush, solid linebackers and talented safeties. Our 1 weakness is cornerback (we've lost 3 already to knee injuries).
The key to winning this game for Nebraska is going to be pounding the ball right at USC. We are going to have to come out and play smash mouth football with USC and wear them down while keeping their offense off the field. With all 4 of our running backs, we should be able to do this with relative ease.
We're perfectly capable of beating USC, but it won't be easy.
I agree the team is very talented. But there are too many matchup problems in this game. Nebraska doesn't have one gamebreaking wide receiver that can open up the running game. Teams that have tried to play smash mouth football have had a VERY difficult time scoring. Just look at USC vs Auburn, USC vs Oklahoma. The teams that have had success are those that could stretch the defense and throw the ball way downfield. Samardzija of Notre Dame really torched us last year. Smash mouth football will never get it done against Pete Carroll's defenses. The linebackers are probably the most talented and deepest in the country. Nebraska has a very good pass rush. But there is also a matchup problem there. USC has 2 O-linemen probably in the top 5 in the country. Ryan Kalil is the best center in college football, has been starting since freshman year. And Sam Baker is arguably the best Tackle in the country. It will take a hell of a game from the Cornhuskers and an off week for the Trojans if the Huskers expect to win. Not to mention, the Colisseum is a tough place to play.