Big Red Report's Michigan at Nebraska PreviewPresented by: www.RedZoneTickets.com
By: Josh Harvey
* The winner controls the Big Ten Legends Division.
* The first meeting between the two legendary schools in Lincoln since 1911.
* Only the second time ever in college football history will two quarterback with 5,000 career passing yards and 2,000 career rushing yards will square off.
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Head Coach: Brady Hoke (2nd season)
The biggest story-line on Saturday will likely be can the Huskers shut down senior Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson? Robinson combined for 260 yards and four touchdowns last year in a 45-17 victory over Nebraska in Ann Arbor. His play left a bad taste in the mouth of the Huskers' returners on defense.
“We definitely want to play them again. We have been watching them ever since the first game against Alabama,” said Ankrah. “We haven't let the game last year go. We can't wait until Saturday.”
While through the air Robinson has struggled this season, throwing nine touchdowns to nine interceptions and only a 53.5 percent completion rate, his numbers on the ground have gone up. Currently the senior quarterback has rushed 121 times for 900 yards – an average of 7.4 yards per carry. Four times this season he has gone over the century mark.
As mentioned, the Michigan defense is one of the better in the nation, holding their last five opponents to 13 points or less.
Under Rich Rodriguez, the traditional Wolverine defense was a shadow of itself, but with the hiring of Brady Hoke, it appears things are back on track in Ann Arbor. Hoke hired Greg Mattison as a his defensive coordinator, an assistant coach who has been a DC for over ten years at the college and NFL level.
"They're a really good defense, just like last year," Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez said. "Hopefully this time we can get them."
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