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As a Notre Dame fan last week’s game was tough. After watching them struggle early against Louisville and New Mexico I thought for sure they would get blown out in Athens. UGA still won the game but I had never been happier to be so wrong about a prediction. This week the GameDay crew travels to Lincoln, Nebraska where Scott Frost and the Huskers host Justin Fields and the OSU Buckeyes.
#5 Ohio State Buckeyes @ Nebraska Cornhuskers
Scott Frost came back to Lincoln as a legend! He led the Huskers to a share of the 1997 National Championship and a 24-2 record as a 2 year starter. His head coaching career started at UCF where he completely turned that program around. UCF was in danger of losing the program and Scott Frost literally saved them. They are now a national powerhouse and a consistent threat to go undefeated.
Frost was supposed to be the savior of the Nebraska program too. After years of irrelevance, Frost was supposed to put them back on the map. Well that did not happen in year 1. They went 4-8 which was a huge fucking disappointment after Mike Riley finished with the exact same record the year before. For the most part though everyone was patient because Frost needed to get his guys into his system and it would take some time.
In his second year Frost has the Huskers at 3-1 with the lone loss coming at old rival Colorado by 3 points. You can just tell this is a different team. Adrian Martinez got some Heisman buzz before the season but has not really lived up to it yet and people are starting to write him off.
Martinez is looking to jump right back into the Heisman talk with a huge game tomorrow. This game has been circled on Nebraska’s calendar since it was scheduled. A home game with a chance to show the country what they are made of against the #5 team in the country is probably the biggest game for them since the Big 10 Championship in 2012.
On the other side of the coin, Justin Fields has been dominating everyone so far this year. Ryan Day has looked the part and him and Fields have the Buckeyes looking like National Title contenders.
Fields was number 4 in my Heisman rankings this week and is looking to move on up that list. You can’t forget about JK Dobbins though either. He has been awesome through 4 games averaging almost 120 YPG on the ground. The offense as a whole has averaged 53.5 PPG through their first 4 and have really looked unstoppable.
The question will be whether or not the defense can stop Martinez and company. The defense has not been tested yet with a light schedule so far. OSU is surrendering less than 2 yards per rush, which is absolutely fucking bonkers through 4 games, but Maurice Washington is averaging almost 8 YPC, so something will have to give. Washington should see his fair share of carries as Nebraska will most likely try to control the tempo of the game and keep OSU’s offense off the field.
The only problem with that strategy will be that OSU has the 4th best defense in the country according to PFF. They have one of the best DEs in the country in Chase Young and they have a bunch of fucking studs in the secondary in Jordan Fuller, Jeffrey Okudah, and Damon Arnette.
This defense will pass their first test but not without some stress. I see them struggling early but getting it together after the first quarter. Fields will go for 3-5 TDs in the air as Nebraska’s 94th ranked passing defense will not have an answer for him.
Ohio State 38 Nebraska 20