No. 13 Nebraska will play its final conference game as a member of the Big 12. Before it looks ahead to the Big Ten, it has business to finish up. The Cornhuskers will face no. 10 Oklahoma on Saturday night to determine which team will advance to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Both teams are coming off big wins that landed them here. I feel this will be a shootout game, with each team giving up plenty of yards. Oklahoma is coming off a strong offensive performance against Oklahoma State where the quarterback Landry Jones was on matched Brandon Weeden. Last week, Cody Green starred in Nebraska’s win against Colorado. Taylor Martinez is day-to-day with the ankle with his status remaining up in the air. I think Green will see some action based off his performance last week.
For the Nebraska offense, it has to be the ground game that ignites it. It is going to be hard for Martinez to consistently drop back and throw off that ankle, not to mention when he has to scramble. This is going to plague the Nebraska passing game. With that being said, the offense should concentrate on trying to make big plays from the short passing game, such as the slant and the screen. With that said, it saves Martinez’s ankle for when he actually has to run. If Green sees the majority of the action, I would not be surprised if offensive coordinator Shawn Watson decides to open up the playbook for him. The offense will be successful if their line controls the defensive line from Oklahoma, and Rex Burkhead and Roy Helu can find the holes. I would not count on the passing game to show up.
Jones has been tearing it up of late behind the center. He has had one problem, which have been the interceptions. However, Nebraska has had a bigger problem, its safeties. They need to be able to read the play better. This has been the key to when the defense has struggled and succeeded this year. If the safeties come up on the play, they have to make sure they can make the tackle. I see them too many times committing to a play, and being burned by the opposing offense. This is one of the best passing offenses in the country, ranked 4th in passing yards. I see Jones and Oklahoma being too much to handle for the Cornhuskers. The Sooners win 43-31 and advance to Glendale.
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Written by Darshan Patel