Location: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska
Kickoff: Saturday September 15th, 11:00AM Central Time
Live Stats: www.statbroadcast.com; Game Watcher Live Stats - Huskers.com
Audio: TROY SPORTS RADIO NETWORK/HUSKER IMG SPORTS NETWORK
Odds: Nebraska -11.5 Over/Under 58
The Troy Trojans travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, to play the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Troy hasn’t been to Nebraska since 2006 when they lost 56-0. This will be their fifth meeting and Troy hasn’t beaten Nebraska yet.
Against Colorado last Saturday, Nebraska had 329 rushing yards and 565 total offensive yards. Their defense held Colorado to just 44 rushing yards. They also recorded seven sacks and fourteen tackles for a loss. With those kinds of numbers, you’d expect them to win the game, but they didn’t.
Two fumbles in the first quarter spotted Colorado 14 points. Nebraska caught up, but a Colorado touchdown late in the fourth quarter sealed their victory.
Nebraska had a turnover problem last weekend. That’s one of the easier problems to fix. They also lost their quarterback, Adrian Martinez to injury and the backup may have to start against Troy. Coach Frost says that may be a gametime decision. If Martinez can’t play, the QB duties will shift to Andrew Bunch, a sophomore with a strong arm, who did well in fall camp and should be able to easily adapt to the starting role.
Troy had a chance to fix some problems last Saturday in their 59-7 win over FAMU. Troy’s defense dominated the FAMU offensive line shutting down FAMU’s running game early.
The Trojans’ running backs came to life and combined for a total of 292 yards, but it’s unlikely they’ll do that well against the Nebraska defense.
Troy may have to hang their hopes of winning on the arm of their quarterback, Kaleb Barker. Barker did well in only his second start, but he had some accuracy problems throwing the deep pass. That’s not an easy problem to fix.
Nebraska likes to run the ball. Troy’s defense is best against the run. Troy likes to pass the ball, and Nebraska allowed 351 passing yards last Saturday. Both teams have a good defensive front; we’ll find out this weekend who has the better offensive line.
Prediction: It’s doubtful that Troy will be able to do much on the ground against Nebraska’s defense. Their passing game, however, could come to life to give Troy a significantly better chance to win the game. But Nebraska has one of the winningest programs in college football history, and they’ve never lost to Troy. I think Nebraska’s depth and size will be the determining factor, and Troy will struggle in the fourth quarter. Nebraska 31—Troy 17