College Football Preview: Huskers Offense Can Take Texas
- Updated: October 11, 2010
Taylor Martinez has been sensational for Nebraska in 2010. Al Dannity likes Texas to slow the quarterback but not stop him when the Longhorns travel to Lincoln on Saturday.
Role reversal for Longhorns and Huskers
Think back to the Big 12 title game last year. The talking point after the game was the questionable call to put 1 second back on the clock so Texas could attempt a game-winning field goal. As it turns out we should have discussed the manner in which Nebraska’s powerful defense smothered Texas’ all-conquering offense for most of the game. Here we are less than a year later and it looks like the pressure is on the Longhorns’ defense.
There’s no question Texas has an elite defense but they have been hampered by the rebuilding job taking place on the other side of the ball. Nebraska knows all about these problems, having relied on its defense to carry them to a Big 12 North title last year. Now however the Cornhuskers have Taylor Martinez, an option quarterback who is tearing up defenses nationwide. He also happens to be really quick.
While I don’t expect a repeat of his showing at Kansas State, Martinez should still be able to do enough with his feet to give Nebraska a big edge on offense. The redshirt freshman could simultaneously lead the Huskers to victory while derailing his own Heisman campaign in the same game. College Football betting fans should expect Martinez to make enough mistakes to keep this game close right up until the end. That being said, Martinez should still be able to conjure enough magic to secure the win and maintain Nebraska’s unbeaten record.
Irish begin softer part of their slate
Brian Kelly has led Notre Dame to a 3-3 start in his first half-season as head coach of the Fighting Irish. While far from waking up the echoes, it is enough to give Kelly a shot at putting together a good record by the end of the year. The remaining six games feature four in which the Fighting Irish will be heavily favored and only one true road game.
Western Michigan visit South Bend this Saturday and the Broncos have more in common with the Irish than you might think. Western Michigan has a Top 25 passing game, a weak running game, and a tendency to give up points too easily. The same traits have equally affected Kelly’s short tenure at the helm of Notre Dame. The key difference is that the Broncos high passing figures have come against weak opponents such as 1-AA/FCS foe, Nicholls State, and the hapless Ball State Cardinals. The Irish have a far more impressive resumé and should win at a canter. Bet on the Irish to win big this Saturday.