Nebraska is 5-0, and coming off of the bye week the game against Indiana has the potential to be trouble for the Huskers. This game will be the toughest task yet for NU.
This game is the definition of a trap game. The 3-2 Hoosiers are coming off an impressive effort against Ohio State where they fell 38-17. The score doesn’t quite indicate how well the Hoosiers played, as it seemed they were in the ball game the whole time. This game on Saturday has all the makings to be a good one.
Indiana has an offense that can put up points in a flurry. Led by quarterback Richard Lagow, this offense has all the weapons. Lagow this season has 1,460 yards and 11 touchdowns in the year. The junior though is prone to turnovers so watch his decision-making in the game as that will be key.
Running the ball will be 5-10, 208 pound junior Devine Redding. Redding has 491 yards on 105 carries. Indiana has had a string of talented backs before Redding, but he is a dandy himself. He has the potential to give the Husker defense fits.
The receivers for Indiana are talented as well. Lagow’s go to will be Nick Westbrook. Westbrook so far has 20 catches for 437 yards and four scores. The other receiver on the edge will be Ricky Jones as he has 18 catches for 390 yards. Both of these receivers are averaging 22 yards per catch, so the big play is their forte.
The Hoosiers defense has struggled throughout the year at times, but overall they are fairly solid.
Their main offensive player will be freshmen Marcelino Ball. Ball has been al over the field from is outside linebacker position. Ball has accumulated 29 tackles this season.
The defense has given up big plays this season and has struggled to the run as well so that may be an issue against an explosive offense like NU.
Injury after injury has plagued this offense but a couple of guys have gotten healthy. Tommy Armstrong looks good to go on Saturday, as his ankle is healed up for the most part. Tanner Farmer will be ready to resume play on the offensive line as his ankle is healthy. Alonzo Moore will be ready to roll. Devine Ozigbo will, play but more than likely be limited. On the flip side, Jordan Westerkamp will be out as will Cethan Carter.
NU will have a great opportunity to make big plays on the edge with the passing game and the run game will be crucial. Tommy should be able to run more as he is healthy. Terrell Newby has been a really nice option at running back. He has 327 yards and three scores so far this season. Many have been critical of Newby in the past, but this season he has played tough.
The receivers could have a hay day. All are healthy except Westerkamp, and we have been waiting for a breakout game as whole for this group and what better day than on Saturday.
The Blackshirts will be tested. This is by far the best offensive team that NU has faced and the weapons Indiana will make it tough.
The secondary of Josh Kalu, Chris Jones, Nate Gerry, Kieron Williams, and Aaron Williams will have to play at a high level, as the Indiana wideouts are explosive as mentioned earlier.
The linebackers and defensive line will need to do a good job in the run game. For the majority of games, our linebackers have played well, but every so often to be some points in games where there are lapses and that cannot happen this week.
This game has the potential to have a lot of scoring. I think it’s a tooth and nail game until the final minutes and NU will pull away. Final score 42-28, NU.