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Nebraska is 2013 is in position to hit it big, or fall flat on its face in my opinion.
Nebraska returns arguably one if the most potent and deadly offenses in college football. Obviously Taylor a 4th year senior supported by a WR core that's as talent as any, if not more so than any other in the county. Not only that but they are extremely deep and the drop off is virtually nonexsistant between the the starters and backups. Add in the return of a healthy Abdullah (knock on wood), a bruiser in Cross and two young freshman both with skill sets to see action as freshman, offer Nebraska a vaunted ground game. Taylor obviously will be the X factor playmaker this season, but with the depth we have across the board in the skill position category he doesn't need to be.
Taylor is still Taylor, and he is going to put the ball on the turf. Its a given and most of us know this going in to the season. Taylor did make huge strides between his sophomore and junior years and if a similar progression continues, it has the ingredients to be a masterful season on offense.
Defensively, we are as unknown as any unit I can remember. There is a lot of natural ability and speed all over sideline to sideljne, front to back. Though that alone surely won't equal a stout defense. So much youth and flat out unproven pieces of the puzzle makes it almost impossible to predict with any sort of certainty what this group will do, let alone can do.
The defensive line is in serious need of a "game changer" and Valentine was rumored to be the guy, but after the spring season, that's still highly up in the air. Someone needs to step up and show something on a consistent basis and play to 110% effort every play, something that isn't happening at this point. Linebackers are going to be fun to watch at times and down right brutal in others. If Nebraska wants any shot at a B1G championship this group has as much to prove as any. The DB's have talent and return key cogs from last year, but Cooper and Jackson have a ways to go to being a great set of safeties... at this point they have some work to do to match Smith and Stafford.
Aug 31, Wyoming - W
Sept 7, Southern Miss- W
Sept 14, UCLA - L (first time our D will actually be tested)
Sept 21, SDSU - W
Oct , 5 - W
Oct 12 - Pur -W
Oct 26 Minn - W
Nov 2 NW - L
Nov 9 Mich -L
Nov 16, MSU - W
Nov 23, PSU - W
Nov 30, Iowa - W
CCG Michigan vs. tOSU
11-3 top 20
"In the deed, the glory"
Now that prediction said, if NU can put up 40-45 every game... 13-1.
Idk if I can take a UCLA loss at home. That might be the end of me, but I could sure see it happening. I think we drop two out of NW, Mich, Mich st, and Penn st.
Honestly, my goals are no blow outs and to win our bowl game.
I see us losing to UCLA. Hopefully this D gets it together towards the end of the season
2013 is the year our coaching staff and fan base have been pointing towards since the 2011 season.
We now have the weaker B1G schedule and have 8 home games. We are facing 7 coaching staffs with 2 years or less experience at their current school along 2 other games against Wyoming and South Dakota State.
Next year needs to be this year. We need to start winning toss up games and even start pulling off an upset or two. Michigan has as many questions as we do and they face a much tougher schedule.
Time to get rid of the label as chokers and a team that falls on its face on the national stage. Time to start winning big games, and it is time to get to a BCS bowl game.
Question for you guys: if we are 8-0 going into Michigan and so are they, would beating them be an upset in your mind?
With it being an away game I would say yes. If it was here I would say no. I think we should be them anyway, but that's just me.
Upset or not if we were both 8-0 it would be the biggest win in Bo's tenure. However, highly doubt that is where we are. Based on Josh's assessment of the defense which sounds spot on I think realistically 9-3 or 8-4 is what we can expect. Disappointing but if we go 8-4 I believe Bo will be gone. Not trying to be negative but realistic of the problems on the defensive side of the ball.
We all talk about how much hype Ohio State and Michigan get and that it is unfounded. If we are a program on par with them, then it should not be considered an upset. There are a lot of comments on this board about Brady Hoke being overrated. If he is, then beating a team under his leadership shouldn't be considered an upset.
I don't think it would be an upset either
Wouldn't be an upset.
Bowl game loss
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We win the division, but lose to Osu in the championship game. We have an easy schedule. 10-4 to end the year.
We will play Florida in the Outback bowl.
Losses: UCLA, Michigan, Conf. Champ: OSU
Outback Bowl win
A31 Wyoming victory 52 to 16
S7 Southern Miss victory 52 to 10
S14 UCLA victory 36 to 30 Home field advantage and no James Franklin means we will win defense will be tested
S21 San Diego State University Victory 34 to 17
O5 Illinois victory 38 to 16
O12 Purdue victory 40 to 17
O26 Minnesota victory 38 to 9
N2 Northwestern victory 27 to 20 Trap game cain colter will give us problems in the first half and we will adjust and a second
N9 Michigan victory 38 to 17 Don't understand all the hype
N16 Michigan State victory 38 to 17 2nd year straight loss too much to win the game
N23 Penn State loss 17 to 23 Classic bo loss not a national championship coach yet
N30 Iowa victory 45 to 16
Ccg Nebraska vs Ohio State Nebraska victory 48 to 45 in a shoot out we have more guns
Rose Bowl victory
Your team. All the time.
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I REALLY hope that Gregory can come in and be a game changer right away! Are D line needs to grow up in a hurry if we have a shot to make any noise this year in my opinion. The UCLA game will tell us a lot IMHO
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