Originally Posted by daniel80111
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.
Some very good points. I think you're right that you can't just run run run against SC. Still, it is important to establish a strong running game so as to control some of the game flow. Nebraska's offense also isn't about stretching the field, it's about picking up shorter chunks of yards. I'm going to be very interested to see what sort of game plan the coaches come up with. It'll have to be pretty dang good if we want a chance.