It’s homecoming in Lincoln, and No. 6 Nebraska wraps up the non-conference portion of the season by taking on South Dakota State Jackrabbits. Nebraska looks to head into Big 12 play with a perfect 4-0 record. The Cornhuskers and the Jackrabbits are only meeting for the second time. The first and only game was played to open the 1963 season where the Cornhuskers won 58-7. Nebraska was impressive last week in their 56-21 win over Washington. They proved worthy of their No. 6 ranking they earned. Yes, they earned it.
One thing as a fan which concerns me is the penalties. This team is good enough talent-wise to play smart. This offense might have troubles against defenses like Texas and Texas A&M. These cupcake schools are likely to make those penalties hurt. These two defenses have allowed the least points, yards, and rushing yards. Even though statistics are revealing, most people shouldn’t take much from non-conference opponents. Look at it this way. A team’s preseason doesn’t tell you much about the team’s success in the regular season. If Nebraska can’t clean up the penalties, Bo Pelini will have some questions to answer despite a win.
The Jackrabbits, from the Missouri Valley Conference, come into the game with a depressing start. They were ranked in the top-10 preseason poll for FCS schools. But, South Dakota State has lost its first two games, including to Illinois State. If the Jackrabbits have any chance to ruin homecoming, they will have to rely on their rush defense. SDSU ranks 104th in the FCS In rush defense, while Nebraska is fourth in the country in rushing.
Good news for Nebraska. South Dakota State’s QB, Thomas O’Brien, is very interception friendly. He has been intercepted five times in just two game. This spells disaster for any offense, especially when the opponent on defense is Nebraska. All odds are against South Dakota State. I don’t see them winning or even competing. Nebraska wins 45-10.
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Written by Darshan Patel