Nebraska in Minnesota
When: 11 am
Where: Huntington Bank Stadium
Weather: 49 degrees, sunny, westerly wind 10 mph
Entries: Nebraska dropped to 3-4 and 1-3 in the Big Ten with a 32-29 defeat to “No.” 9 Michigan last week. The previous three losses to Cornhuskers have been to the teams that are now in the top 10, with a total of 13 points. Minnesota was disabled last week after beating Purdue on October 20-13 and improved to 3-2 and 1-1 in the conference game.
History: PJ Fleck improved to 3-1 against Nebraska with a 24-17 win at Lincoln last December. Minnesota was left without 33 players due to COVID and injuries, but returned to win away. Scott Frost beat Minnesota in 2018 but lost to the last two U players and has 15-24 in his alma mater.
Key match: Nebraska defender Adrian Martinez is seven in front of the gophers. Mobile Martinez has 10 touchdowns in seven games and can play the Huskers triple attack and free himself if the game fails. Minnesota will have to stay disciplined with keys and may spy on Martinez as he drives by to keep him out.
Who has the advantage?
Gophers Attack vs. Nebraska Defense: Minnesota slipped to third after Trey Potts was kicked out for the season with a “dire” upper body injury he sustained against the Boilermakers. He goes to the top of the Big Ten running back of the year Mo Ibrahim (Achilles), coming out at the season opener on September 2. U will turn into a true freshman Mar’Kez Irving first, and none of the other runners have had more than seven. carries this season. RB Cam Wiley had a 61-yard dash against Nebraska last year. This week, the Gophers forced one of their key offensive linemen, Curtis Dunlap, into the transfer portal; this can affect how many U uses its seven and eight attacking line packets. Minnesota will need to neutralize LB Jojo Domann, who has been named a future longtime NFL player by OK Mike Sanford Jr. Domamn has seven tackles this season and nine forced traps in his career. Nebraska scores 17.9 points per game, 22nd in the nation. Minnesota only scores 25.5, which is 94th in the country. QB Tanner Morgan should have his fullest WR body of the season with healthier Chris Outman-Bell (ankle) and Dylan Wright (personal) returning to the squad. CB Cam Taylor-Britt – Their Best Cover Artist; he has six gears. EDGE: Nebraska
Gopher Defense Against Nebraska Attack: Minnesota has played a limited number of explosive games in the last three games and has a total of 23 points. Meanwhile, Nebraska ranks second in the country with 23 games over 30 yards away and scored 56 points at Northwest on October 2. The Gophers have not scored in two matches, but have scored four in each of their last three games. Cornhuskers is ranked 116th in the country with 19 sacks delivered this year. De Boye Maf lead the Big Ten with five sacks and Nebraska’s Teddy Prohaska are out of the season with a knee injury. Lakeville North’s Bryce Benhart started his first five games this season, but not his last two. OT had a rough day against U last season. WR Samori Touré, transfer from Montana, is Martinez’s main hold with team highs of 26 receptions, 520 yards and three touchdowns. In all games, Minnesota has a fast-paced Big Ten No. 2 defense; Nebraska has the league’s # 1 fast-paced attack. Martinez leads the team in all rush categories, including 5.1 yards per snatch; this fits well with his highest QB rating of 162.4 in his career. EDGE: Gophers
Special commands: P. Mark Crawford has become one of the top Specialists in the Big Ten for his two 60-yard pantas and four within the 20-yard line against Purdue. Consistency is his next hurdle. K Matthew Trickett shows 6 of 9 shots for a field goal; The K Conner Cup is 5 out of 10. EDGE: Gophers
Forecast: Nebraska is a four-point favorite and Adrian Martinez seems to be worth a pair of points on his own, but Minnesota’s defense has been choking him for the past month and keeping him from making too many big plays. Suslikov, 27-25