If there is one player who benefitted from the bye week more than any other, it would have to be senior I-back Rex Burkhead. He’s started four of the team’s six games and while he’s second on the team in net yards behind Ameer Abdullah, he leads the team with a 98 rushing yards per game average and is averaging nine yards per carry.
If the Huskers are looking for a different outcome than last year’s 28-25 loss to Northwestern, Burkhead and the other backs will have to step up. They have their work cut out against Northwestern’s defense. The Wildcats are second in the Big Ten and 22nd nationally against the run, allowing just 109.9 yards per game on the ground. Last year Northwestern held Nebraska’s rushing game to just 122 yards on 35 carries, led by Rex Burkhead’s 69 yards on 22 carries.