Being the top team in the Big 12 North, Bo Pelini’s football team looks to take the country by storm and put Cornhusker football back on top. After a 9-4 season a year ago, the Cornhuskers are fresh off a Gator Bowl victory over Clemson and led by runninback Roy Helu Jr, a junior who rushed for 803 yards on 125 carries with seven touchdowns. With quarterback Joe Ganz moving on to the NFL, the Huskers are very inexperienced at quarterback and will be led by Zac Lee, a junior who got the job after Patrick Witt transferred to Yale. For the Nebraska offense, they will live and die with the performance of Lee, and Helu Jr will have to get it going on the ground. If Helu can hit the holes and help Nebraska establish the run, Lee should have an easier time in the passing game. Lee’s top returning target is TE Mike McNeill, a junior who caught 32 passes for 442 yards and four touchdowns. Pelini’s team is very young on offense, and it will remain to be seen whether they can overcome the defenses of the Big 12, as the Huskers face Texas Tech and Oklahoma at home. The most intriguing non-conference game is at Virginia Tech where Nebraska travels out to Blacksburg on September 19th. Tech is returning an experienced offense led by Tyrod Taylor, to know just how far the Huskers can go this season, all you have to look at is the performance in this game. Nebraska shut down Clemson’s offense in the Gator Bowl and the defensive oriented Pelini will need his black shirts to step up.
On defense, the Huskers return seven starters, and as returning starters doesn’t mean everything, experience is very key and Nebraska has it on defense. With a squad that allowed 28 points per game last season, Pelini’s team will have to perform at their highest level and possibly gives scares to Texas Tech and Oklahoma along with Virginia Tech in non conference play. The most exciting returnee is DT Ndamukong Suh, a stud pass rusher and run stopper who plays as unusual as his name. Suh collected 75 tackles, 16 for loss and 7.5 sacks. Nebraska has the longest win streak in their conference and Suh is the vocal point of a defense that has the country thinking the old Nebraska is back. Being the top defensive tackle in the country, yes that’s right in the country, everyone needs to learn how to say hsi name correctly before Roger Goodell is calling it in the first round of the NFL Draft. With a rare combo of size and speed, the Huskers will have one of the best run defenses in the country and startle North conference foes in Kansas and Colorado. With a tough schedule this year, the Huskers look to go 9-3 in the regular season along with a Big 12 North title, only sending them to the gallows to either face Texas, Oklahoma or Oklahoma State. With Suh anchoring a tough defense, Bo Pelini has another Glenn Dorsey like player and could spell success like he had at LSU.