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Nebraska vs Colorado – Staff Picks

Nebraska vs Colorado – Staff Predictions

Frost kicks off his career opener in Memorial Stadium this afternoon and the Huskers are looking to come out with a bang against a sneaky Colorado.

Our staff got together once again to give out picks for this week’s games.

Check them out below:

Justin Fielder – Husker Cuz Cast Host

The Akron game became nothing more than a dry run of the Tunnel Walk. Now, Colorado comes to Lincoln to test these hungry Huskers. Last week, Colorado thumped Colorado State 45-13. WRs Laviska Shenault Jr (11 Rec, 211 Yds, 1 TD) and KD Nixon (6 Rec, 112, 1 TD) accounted for 17 of QB Steven Montez’s 22 completions (22/25, 338 Yds, 4 TD, 1 Int). The Husker secondary will have their hands full to stop these two playmakers.

I expect the Husker offense to showcase their playmakers as well. Nebraska has plenty of weapons to keep the Colorado defense guessing. It would have been nice for Nebraska to get some Division 1 game experience for some of their youth, but Coach Frost will have this team ready. The one positive to be gained by Nebraska not playing last week is that Colorado has zero game film of this team to prepare. Huge advantage.

Offensive MVP: RB Greg Bell

Defensive MVP: OLB Luke Gifford

Impact Newcomer: S Tre Neal

Score Prediction: Nebraska 35, Colorado 21

 

Greg Bell

Running back Greg Bell – Photo courtesy of Huskers.com

John Swedlund – Recruiting Analyst, Husker Hype

The Huskers have a  battle in front of them today against Colorado. The Buffs got their offense going last week with 45 points against a pretty bad CSU defense. The key for Nebraska winning today’s game is going to be slowing down the Buffaloes passing attack and making sure their starting QB, Steven Montez, feels pressure early and often. If the Huskers defense can disrupt his timing they should have a shot at taking a close one away from Colorado.

Nebraska is very similar in its offensive up-tempo scheme and 3-4 defensive scheme. Both teams should be well prepared for today’s game. The Big Red will need to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball today and do their best to lean on the multi-headed rushing attack of Ozigbo, Bell, Washington, and Jones.  If they can lean on a steady running game, it should give true freshman Adrian Martinez the time he needs to manage the game as a passer.

Offensive MVP: WR JD Spielman

Defensive MVP: S Aaron Williams

Impact Newcomer: WR Mike Williams

Score Prediction: Huskers 31-24

 

Derrick Stafford – Husker Cuz Cast Host

Season Opener 2: The Electric Boogaloo, well lets all hope for a little less electricity in the air. The electricity was in the air from the crowd last week, only to have our fun spoiled. I listened to the Tunnel Walk several times and I am still not sure what all was being said on the big screen. This week I firmly believe they will bring that same enthusiasm and dare I say electricity. This week crowd, try and leave the lightning fireworks at home.

Colorado, of all teams, is now our season opener and while it may not have quite the hatred it once did 10-20 years ago I believe there is still a bit of a rivalry rising up like the Phoenix. The day old question remains, Nebraska not playing last week, does it help or hurt the good guys? I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle where it does a little of both.

Colorado beat up on lowly Colorado St. last week and proved their offense to be quite effective against a poor defense that has given up 1200+ yards in 2 games. Steven Montez QB, Laviska Shenault WR, K.D. Nixon WR, and Va. Tech transfer Travon Mcmillian all had great games last week and will test this “Killer Bee” defense truly making them earn them Blackshirts.

Offensive MVP: RB Greg Bell

Defensive MVP: DE Ben Stille

Impact Newcomer: QB Adrian Martinez

Score Prediction: 42–35 Nebraska

 

Tyler Shafer – Husker Cuz Cast Host

Nebraska wide receiver JD Spielman (Photo by John Peterson/Icon Sportswire)

After one of the biggest teases in the world, we will finally get to see Scott Frost is making his debut at Nebraska.  It is kind of fitting he is doing it against Colorado.  In many Husker’s fans opinions, the black Friday lost to Colorado 62-36 was the beginning of the modern disappointing era of college football.  Now we get to begin to witness the rebirth of the Big Red. 

Lot’s have been made of Colorado’s offense, but don’t get too impressed just yet.  The buffs only had 4 returning starters on offense coming into the season and I believe that their first victory was just a mirage due to the awfulness of Colorado St.  The biggest question is what will you see from Nebraska’s offense and how much would that game against Akron have helped get Adrian Martinez in company moving in the right direction.  I thought Nebraska’s offense would struggle early against Akron and I am staying on that thought process against Colorado, but the Huskers have way too much firepower in this game. 

 

Offensive MVP: QB Adrian Martinez

Defensive MVP: LB Mohamed Berry

Top Newcomer: QB Adrian Martinez

Score Prediction – Nebraska wins 33-20

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