Nebraska rush offense vs. Wyoming rush defense
The Huskers likely don’t run it 51 times again, but they maybe sent a message last week against Fresno State about what they can do. Nebraska will try to win again up front, but Wyoming does have experience in its back seven and hoped to be improved here after giving up 225.2 rushing yards a game last season. Hard to tell how much NU uses Tommy Armstrong again, but Wyoming will have its hands full if the Huskers choose to do it often.
Nebraska pass offense vs. Wyoming pass defense
NU would like to tune things up at least some, especially with Oregon on deck. Getting Brandon Reilly back should supply a boost, both with the addition of his speed and everybody going back to focusing on their usual roles. Wyoming has some work to do after allowing 329 yards last week against Northern Illinois. The Cowboys allowed 8.5 yards per attempt with just five interceptions a year ago, when opponents completed 66.7 percent of their throws.
Wyoming rush offense vs. Nebraska rush defense
Good test coming for Nebraska, with Cowboys senior Brian Hill one of the toughest and most productive runners it will see this season. The 6-foot-1, 219-pounder already is over 2,500 yards for his career, and topped 200 four times last season. The Huskers’ pursuit was good last week against Fresno State (31 rushing yards), which will be important as they try to get Hill to the ground.
Wyoming pass offense vs. Nebraska pass defense
Wyoming isn’t the same offense that scorched Nebraska for 383 passing yards and 20 passing first downs three years ago, but the Cowboys believe they have found the right quarterback with Josh Allen. The sophomore has a good arm and good size, and his game-winning scramble against Northern Illinois showed his run threat. Tanner Gentry and Jake Maulhardt both had 100-plus receiving yards last week, and will challenge the NU secondary. Can the Husker pass rush be a difference-maker?
One red flag for Nebraska last week was its punt return team, which failed to handle some kicks and is still waiting on De’Mornay Pierson-El. Freshman punter Caleb Lightbourn got his first kicks out of the way — and the emotions of the Sam Foltz tribute — and should settle in. Wyoming freshman Cooper Rothe missed two of four field goals last week, and both could have put away Northern Illinois sooner.
Incentive won’t be lacking for Wyoming, starting with head coach Craig Bohl returning to the school that fired him after the 2002 season. The Cowboys have some other players and coaches with Nebraska ties that would love to create the memory of a lifetime. Nebraska needs to be focused here despite having Oregon and its Big Ten opener on deck, while Wyoming will be all in (with UC Davis and Eastern Michigan up next). Hard to say where both teams are just yet with things like turnovers and penalties, although NU took some bad ones of the latter last week.
Key matchup: Nebraska offensive line vs. Wyoming defensive line
Led by sophomore left tackle Nick Gates and senior center Dylan Utter, the Nebraska offensive line got off to a good start against Fresno State despite having three first-time starters. If they can add some progress between week one and two, a rebuilt Wyoming defensive line might find this a tough task over 60 minutes.
After two rough seasons, Wyoming might be ready to show some results of its work under Bohl. The Cowboys just quite aren’t there yet, and Nebraska has just a little too much firepower to go with its home advantage. The Huskers had a fairly solid second half and put away Fresno State last week, one of their shortcomings last season when they watched several games get snatched from them late.
Our prediction: Nebraska 37, Wyoming 17
Big Red Today coverage
Ask around the offense, and "plus-twos" are as important as any conventional statistic coaches and players track. Moving a defender two yards can demonstrate a strength advantage and extra effort on an individual level.
Former Husker running back Ameer Abdullah re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday.
On Monday's episode, Adam Carriker discusses which players in Husker football history he'd most like to bring back to play for Nebraska today, and which one's would fit the current system best.
Twenty-one of the 33 upperclassmen scholarship players play defense. And 11 of that 21 are seniors. Big, bold vocal seniors who have played a lot of football. With that experience comes urgency. Wisdom. Responsibility.
The Tony Tuioti effect for Nebraska football recruiting is in full swing.
Deontai Williams said, he’s the “OG” of the safety group. He’s right, too — he and junior Marquel Dismuke are the veterans while redshirt freshmen Cam’ron Jones and CJ Smith learn and sophomore Cam Taylor bounces among safety, nickel and…
His boss got all the attention during last fall’s miserable start, but put yourself in Barrett Ruud’s shoes for a moment. Nebraska’s all-time leading tackler returned to his alma mater and hometown in 2018 to coach his old position —…
On Friday's episode, Adam Carriker explores some of Nebraska football's hardest losses, and narrows down what one play in Husker history he'd choose to change.
JoJo Domann is one of Nebraska’s most versatile defenders. And his coaches need an array of colorful language to describe him. Leaning against a wall on the second floor of the Hawks Center, defensive backs coach Travis Fisher said Domann…
Former Nebraska running back Greg Bell — who left the program four games into the 2018 season — is transferring to his hometown school, San Diego State.
Nebraska defensive line coach Tony Tuioti wants a consistent daily mindset from his players, where linemen “press the reset button” after each practice to gear up for the next one with the same energy and enthusiasm.
If the first two weeks of spring practices are any indication, Nebraska's defense has some playmakers.
On Wednesday's episode, Adam Carriker previews the Blackshirts' defensive line personnel for spring football, reasonable expectations for the group and much more.
Even if Jovan Dewitt can’t make every meeting — even if, during practice, he has to take a knee and “get some hydration” — he’s going to be at every practice he can.
Nebraska has given Logan Jones something to think about. The Council Bluffs Lewis Central defensive lineman tweeted Tuesday he has received a scholarship offer from the Huskers after committing to Iowa last month.
It's a spring of transition on the offensive line, which lost several leaders from last year's team. Now a trio of juniors holds that responsibility, and this spring is an important step in their development.
Videos include an interview with Scott Frost, a recap of the the practice by Sam McKewon and Evan Bland and an update on Maurice Washington.
Circumstances are aligning for Jaylin Bradley to prove himself. Now coaches are anxious to find out if the running back can.
Attack. That’s a buzzword for the Husker tight ends this spring. Collectively, they’re the offense's most experienced group. But there’s a higher level the coaches expect these tight ends to reach.
So far, so good for true freshman quarterback Luke McCaffrey. Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco said McCaffrey, an early enrollee, has done well in spring practices to pick up the offense.
Scott Frost doesn't even want to say the Oklahoma word. But the drill Nebraska threw out in front of the media Monday morning did look a whole lot like the infamous Oklahoma drill.
This timeline of events in the Maurice Washington investigation is based on allegations outlined in court documents, investigator reports and officials' statements.
Nebraska was in full pads for its fourth practice of the spring Monday morning. The media were allowed inside practice for the first 30 minutes. Here's what we saw.
On Monday's episode, Adam Carriker skis down a mountain and shares the story of his all-time favorite Husker football game.
Husker running back Maurice Washington returned to California over the weekend to self-surrender to authorities, a spokesperson for the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
This column might be a shot-clock violation. But I received so much feedback from emails and on Twitter last week on the idea of a shot clock in high school basketball that I thought I would spill over into this…
Adrian Martinez’s head coach, Scott Frost, wants more. Much more, based on his comments last week. Don’t gloss over them. If Frost is bullish on Martinez’s potential — talking him up as potentially one of the best, if not the…
What Travis Fisher took from the Northwestern loss — lessons for the next time Nebraska’s defensive backs were in the same spot — is the story of the Blackshirts in 2018. They took every shot imaginable — blow after blow…
In 2018, the emergence of Adrian Martinez and the NU spread attack sent out a warning signal to the Big Ten. And four months after the conclusion of Nebraska’s second straight 4-8 season, with the return of Martinez, there’s a…