The last time Nebraska played a team of Ohio State’s caliber, they were embarrassed 56 to 10 by the Michigan Wolverines. Ohio State may have just been embarrassed themselves by Purdue a couple of weeks ago, but the likelihood that the Buckeyes will look past Nebraska like they did the Boilermakers is slim to none.
Couple that with the fact that Ohio State has demolished Nebraska the past two seasons; another blowout loss could very well be in the cards for the Big Red. However, Nebraska isn’t looking like the same team they were one month ago, let alone one or two years ago.
Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters has seen the improvements. “It’s night and day,” Walters said. “Our practices have been cleaner. You’ve seen on Saturdays the last three or four weeks, it’s been cleaner.”
It’s hard to argue with the results. Nebraska has rattled off two wins in a row, with Adrian Martinez looking like a Heisman candidate at quarterback. Even Nebraska’s last loss, in overtime against Northwestern, was more of a fluke than a continuation of the poor effort the Huskers had shown against the likes of Michigan, Troy, and Wisconsin.
Still though, playing a game on the road in front of around 100,000 hostile fans against a top 10 opponent with multiple threats on both sides of the ball isn’t a favorable match-up. It’ll come down to the Husker’s mental focus, according to Walters.
“Can’t get fazed by the stadium… we got to go out and play,” Walters said. “It’s going to be a battle.”
Nebraska takes on Ohio State this Saturday at 11 a.m. on FOX.
The Buckeyes are 7-1, ranked 8th in the country, and are 2nd in the Big 10 East.