On Saturday afternoon, the Nebraska Cornhuskers host the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE. This game has high implications in the Big Ten Legends Division championship race. The winner of this game will continue to control it’s own destiny while the loser will face an uphill battle to earn their way to Indianapolis for the conference championship game.
Nebraska Offense vs. Michigan State Defense
Nebraska’s offense has not been as explosive season as everyone anticipated. Much of that is due to an offensive line that is depleted by injury. The Michigan State defense on the other hand is healthy and experienced. They rank in the top 10 nationally in most major defensive categories.
Look for a physical battle that will be decided by line play both offensive and defensive. The Huskers offensive line will move players around at different positions while Michigan State’s defensive line is intact and healthy. Also look for the Huskers to try and setup the running game with some early throws. Look for Michigan State throughout the game to give different looks to the young redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong to try and fool him. This match-up gives a slight edge to the Spartans.
Michigan State Offense vs. Nebraska Defense
Michigan State’s offense is up and down. Recently they have been on an upward trend with impressive performances thus far in Big Ten play. Nebraska’s defense is young and is growing each game. Ever since the second half of the Northwestern they’ve turned it up a notch and shown their true potential as a unit. Last week against Michigan it continued as the Huskers recorded a season high seven sacks.
Look for Michigan State to test Nebraska’s run defense just like every other Husker opponent has done so far this season. Also look for Michigan State to try beat the press coverage of Nebraska with a timely passing game. Look for the Huskers to blitz and try to fill the running lanes up. Also look for them to challenge the Spartans passing game with the press coverage that has given them some troubles through the past two seasons. This match-up is even.
Special Teams Outlook
In a match-up like the one we have here special teams could turn a game around. Look for a key play whether it be a big return, blocked kick, or a turnover to have an impact on the game.
Overall Game Outlook
Look for a competitive close game throughout. Also look for a home-field advantage to benefit the Huskers in this one.
Huskers 24 Spartans 13