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I know NU has a game this weekend, but being real, who hasn’t looked ahead? I don’t know how good they are. They don’t have elite recruiting classes, but I’d put them in that next tier, mostly 8-15 range. They are well coached, don’t usually make mistakes to beat themselves, and play hard nosed football. I don’t look at them and say, gee, may as well just call off the game because NU has no shot. NU needs a good start, don’t get behind early, and run and hit, hard. Absolutely can’t turn the ball over, not even one time in this game. Probably will need to be +2-3 in turnovers to have a real shot. Have to convert the opportunities they do get. Have to make them go the field to score, so the kicking game for NU will be critical. Maybe a trick play, or two. Can’t just line up right now, so they’ve gotta get creative, and try to create some things. It will be interesting to see what the coaches try to do.

I‘d rather play Michigan than Ohio State or Georgia. Not even close. Play your ass off, don’t turn the ball over, keep the penalties to a minimum, and you’ll probably be in this game come the 4th Q. At this point, that’s all I can honestly ask for. They aren’t unbeatable.
 
Michigan is darn near elite in the tOSU or UGA conversation. Their athletes are just that good. They probably don't have the elite-ness at their skill positions that those two have but I could argue that their offensive line, their LBs and their secondary are maybe even better.

I do agree that Michigan may not be as explosive and I suspect if NU played error-free ball (tough to do) that we could keep the score close but I suspect Michigan wins the B1G this year. They just seem more fundamentally sound and are built from the inside out as opposed to the other two.
 
I know NU has a game this weekend, but being real, who hasn’t looked ahead? I don’t know how good they are. They don’t have elite recruiting classes, but I’d put them in that next tier, mostly 8-15 range. They are well coached, don’t usually make mistakes to beat themselves, and play hard nosed football. I don’t look at them and say, gee, may as well just call off the game because NU has no shot. NU needs a good start, don’t get behind early, and run and hit, hard. Absolutely can’t turn the ball over, not even one time in this game. Probably will need to be +2-3 in turnovers to have a real shot. Have to convert the opportunities they do get. Have to make them go the field to score, so the kicking game for NU will be critical. Maybe a trick play, or two. Can’t just line up right now, so they’ve gotta get creative, and try to create some things. It will be interesting to see what the coaches try to do.

I‘d rather play Michigan than Ohio State or Georgia. Not even close. Play your ass off, don’t turn the ball over, keep the penalties to a minimum, and you’ll probably be in this game come the 4th Q. At this point, that’s all I can honestly ask for. They aren’t unbeatable.

I don't think they're unbeatable at all, but I'm really not sure even mistake free football gets us there. This year. That's not to say they can't be generous with the ball like we were against Minnesota and CU and we're right there. We play our best offensive game of the year, continue to play lights out on defense and get some gifts and there is no reason we can't be in the game in the 4th.

They have talent we're working toward and might equal in another two or three recruiting cycles.

Interestingly on Georgia. I watched the Georgia -South Carolina game and was pretty surprised at how evenly South Carolina played them through three quarters. Georgia's talent is head and shoulders above the Gamecocks as well and they were at home. They still struggled on some things I thought they'd dominate on.

I'm not banking on it at all, but it would be a huge shot in the arm for Nebraska and one of the biggest upsets in recent memory if we're able to do it.
 



I don't think they're unbeatable at all, but I'm really not sure even mistake free football gets us there. This year. That's not to say they can't be generous with the ball like we were against Minnesota and CU and we're right there. We play our best offensive game of the year, continue to play lights out on defense and get some gifts and there is no reason we can't be in the game in the 4th.

They have talent we're working toward and might equal in another two or three recruiting cycles.

Interestingly on Georgia. I watched the Georgia -South Carolina game and was pretty surprised at how evenly South Carolina played them through three quarters. Georgia's talent is head and shoulders above the Gamecocks as well and they were at home. They still struggled on some things I thought they'd dominate on.

I'm not banking on it at all, but it would be a huge shot in the arm for Nebraska and one of the biggest upsets in recent memory if we're able to do it.
Yep
Game won't be decided on one turnover, we'll need several
 
I know NU has a game this weekend, but being real, who hasn’t looked ahead? I don’t know how good they are. They don’t have elite recruiting classes, but I’d put them in that next tier, mostly 8-15 range. They are well coached, don’t usually make mistakes to beat themselves, and play hard nosed football. I don’t look at them and say, gee, may as well just call off the game because NU has no shot. NU needs a good start, don’t get behind early, and run and hit, hard. Absolutely can’t turn the ball over, not even one time in this game. Probably will need to be +2-3 in turnovers to have a real shot. Have to convert the opportunities they do get. Have to make them go the field to score, so the kicking game for NU will be critical. Maybe a trick play, or two. Can’t just line up right now, so they’ve gotta get creative, and try to create some things. It will be interesting to see what the coaches try to do.

I‘d rather play Michigan than Ohio State or Georgia. Not even close. Play your ass off, don’t turn the ball over, keep the penalties to a minimum, and you’ll probably be in this game come the 4th Q. At this point, that’s all I can honestly ask for. They aren’t unbeatable.
I haven't watched Michigan play that much this year, not out of our league at all, and you probably could compare the QB and receivers to Colorado type skill players, and for 3 quarters we shut them out. The key for me on this game is Offensive Turnovers, you limit that, and you got yourself a hell of a game. Great test for the Defense to see how we stack up to the elite in our conference.
 



I don't think they're unbeatable at all, but I'm really not sure even mistake free football gets us there. This year. That's not to say they can't be generous with the ball like we were against Minnesota and CU and we're right there. We play our best offensive game of the year, continue to play lights out on defense and get some gifts and there is no reason we can't be in the game in the 4th.

They have talent we're working toward and might equal in another two or three recruiting cycles.

Interestingly on Georgia. I watched the Georgia -South Carolina game and was pretty surprised at how evenly South Carolina played them through three quarters. Georgia's talent is head and shoulders above the Gamecocks as well and they were at home. They still struggled on some things I thought they'd dominate on.

I'm not banking on it at all, but it would be a huge shot in the arm for Nebraska and one of the biggest upsets in recent memory if we're able to do it.
I think it is virtually impossible to play error free, especially when we are on offense. Their depth, strength, and markedly better front 7 will be a nightmare for our guys. When you have such a variance in level of play between groups, the lesser unit will commit penalties, commit turnovers, etc. Hell, we could still lose by 3 scores without turning the ball over as I don't see us moving the ball. I think our defense could keep us in the game for a time before they are worn down.

With all that doom and gloom, I'm actually fired up for that game. I want to see what our defense can do against an elite program.
 
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I think it is virtually impossible to play error free, especially when we are on offense. Their depth, strength, and markedly better front 7 will be a nightmare for our guys. When you have such a variance in level of play between groups, the lesser unit will commit penalties, commit turnovers, etc. Hell, we could still lose by 3 scores without turning the ball over as I don't see us moving the ball. I think our defense could keep us in the game for a time before they are worn down.

With all that doom and gloom, I'm actually fired up for that game. I want to see what our defense can do against an elite program.

Don't disagree, just painting a picture of how we COULD do it.

Don't believe it will happen.
 



Put me in the camp of wanting to see where we stack up against one of the "elite". Particularly our defense. I don't believe we will win, but will be cheering hard with the old mantra in mind - Upsets can happen on any given day.
 

Last year, Michigan shut down our offense, limiting us to 3 total points in a 34-3 loss.

Smothers and Purdy shared duties. Purdy was 6/11 for 56 yards with 39 yards rushing on 5 carries. Smothers was 4/8 for 15 yards with 1 rushing yard on 4 carries.

Grant rushed 11 times for 22 yards.

U G L Y

And that was with zero turnovers, and only 4 penalties for 30 yards (one of our cleanest games).

Michigan was top 5 in total defense last season, and thus far this season, they are again top 5.
 
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