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Nebraska vs Ohio State – Predictions

We’re joined again this week by our friends Derrick, Justin, and Tyler over at the HuskerCuzCast podcast to help put their predictions for the Ohio State game.

For a full rundown of what’s happening this week, check out the latest episode of HuskerCuzCast where the guys go over the Huskers Wisconsin loss, preview recruiting, and take an honest look at what the Huskers need to do to beat Ohio State this week.

Tyler Shafer – Husker Cuz Cast Podcast @ShafeMania

This week, the Huskers face the second straight top-10 opponent under the lights of Memorial Stadium. Ohio State has played great football since losing against Oklahoma. They have won the last four games by an average of 42 points. J.T. Barrett has played Heisman level football thus far throwing for 16 touchdowns,1 interception, and rushing for 322 yards.

The Huskers should have all the motivation to pull off the big upset after losing 62-3 in Columbus last year. To win, they will need to play their best game of the season. Tanner Lee if coming off back-to-back good performances and Stanley Morgan quietly leads the Big Ten in receiving yards. The Blackshirts were embarrassed last week by a freshman running back, and look to contain another freshman star in J.K. Dobbins.

Unfortunately for the Huskers, Urban Merey is 25-1 on the road since coming to Ohio State. I have Ohio State winning but the game is closer than what Vegas thinks.

Prediction: Ohio State 38-20

Offensive MVP: Tanner Lee

Defensive MVP: Josh Kalu

 

John Swedlund – Editor, Husker Hype

It never ceases to amaze me how fans can be so optimistic about one team and then negative about the next. I feel like Nebraska has been through a heavyweight bout only to come away with a decision for the other guy at this point in the season.

Nebraska held up against the #9 ranked team in the country last weekend but poor gap filling and a stale offense cost them in the second half of the contest.  The offense, with so much promise, dug another hole after what appeared to be a statement opening drive too.

This week, Nebraska will face one of the best all-around teams in the country in Ohio State who has the #14 ranked defense and #35th ranked offense that is cruising on all 8-cylinders.  While slight, the Huskers have a shot to beat Ohio State if Tanner Lee and the wide receivers can create proper separation and the tight ends finally have a good all-around game both in blocking and catching the ball.  On the other side of the field, the Blackshirts hit a wall in the second half last week and the rust showed for a few returning players. With arguably their best run stopping safety out in Antonio Reed, Josh Kaul is going to need to take his game to the next level and beyond this week.

I don’t know if the Huskers can get it done this weekend but I’m optimistic if they held themselves accountable this week in practice they have as good of a shot as anybody.  Just ask Indiana if you can go toe-to-toe with one of the most talented and deepest rosters in the Big Ten.

Prediction: Ohio State 35 – 17

Offensive MVP: Mikale Wilbon

Defensive MVP: Chris Jones

 

Derrick Stafford – Husker Cuz Cast Podcast @CuzCastDerrick

The Huskers will host another night game as Ohio State comes marching into Memorial Stadium for a prime-time game underneath the lights for the second week in a row. Nebraska is playing the #9 ranked team in the country for the second week in a row as well. Last week Nebraska was unable to slow down Wisconsin’s run game giving up 249 yards on 25 carries to freshman running back Jonathan Taylor and 353 overall to the Badgers. Ohio State also has a talented freshman running back of their own in J.K. Dobbins who has 669 yards on the season. This could pose a potential repeat of what we saw last weekend. They also have a better quarterback in J.T. Barrett than all the teams the Huskers have faced thus far with a 16:1 touchdown to nterception ratio while completing 63.7% of his passes and running for another 322 yards.  That’s only5 yards less than Nebraska’s leading rusher.

The Huskers have been underdogs in Lincoln by 24 or more points only four times in history with the most recent coming against Oklahoma in 1957 when the spread was 28 points. Which seems to make this prediction more of, “can Nebraska cover the spread more than do they have what it takes to win”. On the other hand, Ohio State seems to be back on track after losing in week three to then #5 ranked Oklahoma. Nebraska meanwhile, appears to be putting the same product on the field week after week.

Much like the Wisconsin game, I think Nebraska keeps this close int he first half only to get blown away in the second.

Prediction: 50-10 Ohio State

Offensive MVP: J.D. Spielman

Defensive MVP: Luke Gifford

 

Justin Fielder – Husker Cuz Cast @cuzcastJustin

I sure wish I had something better to say about the Huskers this week. This seems completely out of character for me, but the truth hurts sometimes.

Through six games, the Huskers continue to show inconsistency on offense. The defensive strides we thought we were making may be just a mirage, chalked up to the fact that we were playing terrible offenses. This Saturday, we need to find a way to establish and maintain the run game for four quarters.  OSU is good at forcing turnovers, so we must protect the ball and win the turnover battle. Fun Fact, Ohio State is 2-0 against the spread in road games this year.

The #9 Buckeyes roll into Lincoln as 24 point favorites and they have been dominant since their loss to Oklahoma. Since the loss, they have averaged 52.5 points per game and 615 yards a game in their last four contests. Remember last year, following our 62-3 loss, it was so evident that there was a wide talent gap between Ohio State and Nebraska? I’m not sure we’ve closed that gap just yet.

Prediction: Ohio State 45-17

Offensive MVP: J.D. Spielman

Defensive MVP: Caleb Lightbourn

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