Bo Pelini said after practice today that everyone is good to
go. So, expect Taylor Martinez to be back under center, and Pelini also said
that if Zac Lee was needed, he was available. That also means cornerback
Alfonzo Dennard's progress has been good, so expect him to start this weekend
against the Jayhawks as well.
Nebraska goes into this contest with a firm grip on the
North Division as there are three games left in regular-season play. The
Huskers go into this contest with the largest line out of Vegas for any FBS
game this weekend as they are favored over Kansas by 35 points.
Here's a pictoral look at how the Huskers match up this weekend with the Jayhawks. If Kansas' 1-4 record in conference play wasn't enough to tell you why they are picked to lose as big as they are, the following might shed even more light on as to why. Out of the 17 major categories ranked by the NCAA, Nebraska ranks better than KU in 15 of them. The two where Nebraska is ranked lower are in passing offense, which comes as no surprise to anyone following the Scarlet and Cream. Nebraska ranks
110th as they throw for 154.33 yards per game, while Kansas ranks 82nd, throwing it for an average of 189.78 yards per game. The other is tackles for loss, a sore spot for the defense this year. Currently, the Huskers are 107th in the country, averaging 4.44 TFLs per game. But Kansas doesn't exactly blow Nebraska out of the water in that area as they rank 100th with an average of 4.67 TFLs per game.
In the garbage stat of the day, if you average the rank of all the above categories, Nebraska averages a rank of 35th out of 120 teams. If you do the same with Kansas, their average rank is 93rd.
This will probably be the Huskers first real brisk game this
year as the temperatures at kickoff are expected to be in the low-40s with just
slight winds expected, ranging from 5 to 9 mph.
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