Michigan vs Nebraska
When: Saturday October 27, 8:00 p.m.
Where: Memorial Stadium
Michigan is coming off of a hard fought win against Michigan State. This week they go on the road to face Nebraska. This game could be for the Legends division title when it’s all said and done. Denard Robinson hasn’t had the season the country expected, but he is playing much better since the two early losses to Alabama and Notre Dame. Michigan’s defense has really played well during the Big Ten portion of the schedule. They are top 10 nationally and look to improve on the road.
Nebraska had a big come from behind victory over Northwestern after they overcame self inflicted turnovers. Their biggest worry is the mobile quarterback and they face a great one on Saturday. They need this victory to keep pace with Michigan and Iowa in the divisional race. Taylor Martinez has to play with the hot hand and not turn the ball over for the Cornhuskers to win.
They struggle offensively with great defenses, but when teams don’t have the ability to corral Denard Robinson, he will run free all day. Denard leads the Wolverines in passing yards, rushing yards, and touchdowns. He’s a do it all threat with great speed. His favorite receiving target is Jeremy Gallon. Gallon averages 19 yards per catch.
The defense has to deal with one of the best offenses in the country, but they’ll be able to force turnovers against Nebraska. That will be the key to how well they defend the multiple action presented by Taylor Martinez. They must stay in their lanes to control Nebraska’s running game.
When their offense is rolling, it’s a thing of beauty. At times they hit major glitches and start turning the ball over. It seems like Nebraska can lose focus. Taylor Martinez and the running game needs to make big plays early in the game. The better the ground game is, the better their passing game will be later in the day. Nebraska has to work all three phases well to come out on top.
Defensively, they must feed off the crowd to contain Denard Robinson and the rest of the Wolverines. Compton has to step up to the challenge and punish the runners. As a whole, the Nebraska defense must maintain gap control and force Denard to make bad decisions in the passing game. Stafford will need to play his best game as well. Chances are Robinson will throw some errant passes and Nebraska has to capitalize to win at home.
The home crowd will fuel the “Big Red” to victory. For some reason, they’ll contain Denard better than they did Braxton Miller. They will create some well timed turnovers. The Nebraska offense will move the ball and make winning plays in the fourth quarter. Denard will have a big run to go over 1000 yards for the season, but Michigan will come up just short.
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