Nebraska’s starting defense has patiently been waiting for the black shirts to be handed out. After the 27-12 win over Missouri on Thursday and a string of solid performances three weeks in a row, defensive coordinator Carl Pelini says the time may have arrived. One of those stars on the defense leading the way has been defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who recently was named the national defensive player of the week.
At that Missouri game on Thursday, there were reports of scouts from anywhere between 26 to all 32 NFL teams at that game. I’m sure they walked away with good impressions of Suh. The Huskers moved up to number 15 in the AP Poll, up from 21st. The biggest jump of any team in the AP poll. In the coaches poll, they jumped five spots going from 22nd to 17th. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself here, but you certainly have to be encouraged when you see the way NU handled Missouri, and the way Kansas struggled with Iowa State. After one week of Big 12 play, I’m giving the edge to NU over MU and KU.
If you’re big into stats, you’ll like this one about Texas Tech. The Red Raiders will be in search of their first road win of the season. In fact, Tech has dropped its last four road games, including the Cotton Bowl against Ole Miss. Tech’s last road win was at No. 19 Kansas on Oct. 25 of last season. Since that 63-21 win over the Jayhawks, Tech has fallen at No. 5 Oklahoma, vs. No. 20 Ole Miss , No. 2 Texas and No. 17 Houston. Texas Tech’s last five road gave have been at ranked opponents and with No. 15/17 Nebraska on tap this weekend, that will make it six in a row for the Red Raiders.