With Saturday’s game between The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Wyoming Cowboys just three days away, we want to get you ready for the action. Here are five things to watch for this weekend.
1) Nebraska’s wide receivers against Wyoming’s defensive backs:
The Huskers core of receivers is probably the best in school history. Led by Kenny Bell, they are ready for a record breaking year, and it starts on Saturday. While I expect Nebraska to be heavy on their rushing attack, look for Taylor Martinez utilize his wide receivers whenever he is given the opportunity. With the inexperience at tight end, the Huskers will likely look to their wideouts more than ever. They have size, speed, and according to the coaching staff improved hands. Wyoming is not known for their defensive prowess, so Nebraska could put up big numbers through the air on Satruday.
2) Ameer Abdullah going for a hundred yards plus on the ground:
Abdullah has made it known that he does not want to be Rex Burkhead, but the best Ameer Abdullah that he can be. He will get his share of the workload on Saturday and make the most of his carries. Abdullah did not make the preseason Heisman Watch List for nothing. He is explosive, and could reach the hundred yard mark by halftime.
3) The effectiveness of Nebraska Linebackers:
Bo Pelini admitted he had concerns early in fall camp about the linebackers. Since then he says that he has confidence in the group moving forward.
Wyoming is not a team that will run the ball much against the Huskers, so we will see how well the young group of linebackers can handle pass coverage. While the Cowboys are not as good as some of the other spread offenses that Nebraska will face this season, it will be a good test for David Santos and the other linebackers.
4) Taylor Martinez’s decision making:
Martinez says he now understands that he does not have to score on every play. The senior quarterback is known for making big plays, but he might be just as famous for turnovers and bad decisions. Wyoming’s defense is terrible, but there will be times that Taylor has to choose between throwing the ball out of bounds or forcing a pass in traffic. Let’s see if he has improved during fall camp.
5) The number of penalties against the Huskers:
Penalties have plagued Nebraska over the past several seasons. Not the occasional false start or pass interference, but groups of them on the same drive. If the Huskers are going to be successful this year they have to cut out mistakes and sloppy play. If they can get through Wyoming with limited infractions, then they are off on the right foot.
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