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Nebraska vs Michigan – Staff Picks

The Husker Hype staff logs in and makes their predictions for the Michigan game

The Huskers haven’t given the boys and wins in their game predictions, but with a trip to the big house today maybe the staff can finally get a pick right.  Editors Note – I hope we’re all wrong. That would be a big day, in the big house. Here are Husker Hype’s staff picks for Michigan:

Justin Fielder – Host Husker Cuz Cast Podcast

Holy smokes! Nobody expected an 0-2 start to this season, absolutely nobody – it’s the first time since 1957 the big red have laid such a goose egg. Now the Huskers travel to Ann Arbor looking to avoid an 0-3 start to the season (which has not happened since 1945, where Nebraska lost 5 straight to kick off the season). Last week’s loss to Troy certainly looked like a setback. From top to bottom,  the whole team played worse than they did against Colorado. Penalties, turnovers, special teams, and game management once again prevented the Big Red from getting a win.

This Michigan team is not great, but they are far better than either team the Huskers have lined up against thus far. Going on the road for the first time to the Big House will present additional challenges to this team. The Blackshirts will be counted on to keep this a low-scoring affair to have a shot at the upset. Frost continues to be up non-committal to naming the starting QB, but it needs to be Adrian Martinez to give that offense a chance to score some points. The biggest question will be: can Nebraska can clean up all the mistakes and sloppiness we’ve seen in the first two games? From the looks of it, that appears to be a tall order on the road.

Offensive MVP – RB Greg Bell

Defensive MVP – ILB Mo Berry

Impact Newcomer – ILB Will Honus

Score Prediction: Nebraska 24, Michigan 45

John Swedlund – Recruiting Analyst/Writer

Justin hit the nail on the head with how bad an 0-3 start would be for the Big Red and the epic implications it would have on the Husker history books.  Nebraska needs to pull a rabbit out of its hat if it wants to take down Michigan and its #12 defense this week.  The Wolverines are susceptible against the pass and stout against the run, which is the opposite of the Huskers strengths. The Huskers wide receivers were called out in practice this week, do they step up?

Nebraska needs to eliminate turnovers or at the minimum match Michigan’s turnover count in order to stick in this game. The Big Red also needs to find a #1 running back and fast. The Huskers have a trio of talented backs but back seems to have a specific role and that may be telegraphing what is coming to the defense so finding a #1 back is growing more important.

Offensive MVP – JD Spielman

Defensive MVP – Luke Gifford

Impact Newcomer – Maurice Washington

Score Prediction: 35 – 14 Michigan

 

Derrick Stafford – Host Husker Cuz Cast Podcast

I am so close to dump this Kool-aid and crack open a tall boy. Someone forgot to add sugar and the bitter taste in my mouth after last week is giving me cotton mouth. That is two weeks in a row Nebraska has lost themselves the game with bad Special Teams and big mistakes.

This week we head to the Big House to face Michigan. The one upside Nebraska has is the defense looks a hell of a lot better than last year. Unfortunately Michigan may be the best defense we see all year. They may also be the worst offense we have seen all year to this date. Michigan Offense is ranked 60th in rush offense, 82nd in pass, and 85th total. The offensive line while big and strong has been inconsistent at best. I think our defense holds up well.

Nebraska’s offense, I think by all the comments made about practice, will have Martinez back at QB and will be able to hide a few of the offensive line’s deficiencies. The daunting defense of Michigan just gave up 20 points to a terrible SMU squad. The Big Red can score some points on this team. However special teams may struggle for another week and will likely cost us the game.

Offensive MVP – Adrian Martinez

Defensive MVP – Mo Barry

Impact Newcomer – Maurice Washington

Score Prediction: 24 – 21 Michigan

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