OSU-Nebraska Matchups & Prediction

Robert Allen breaks down Saturday's game against Nebraska and gives his thoughts on the three key matchups in the game. Kickoff for the Big 12 Conference showdown from Lincoln, Neb., is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

Three Most Dangerous Huskers
1. Marlon Lucky, RB
2. Sean Hill, WR
3. Steve Octavien, LB

Three Key Matchups vs. Nebraska
1. OSU Secondary vs. Nebraska Passing Attack
Conventional wisdom would make you think Nebraska will major in throwing the football. But there is lots of talk out of Lincoln that the Huskers will run and try to control the game and play keep away from the Oklahoma State offense against a severely weakened crew of Blackshirt defenders.

If the Huskers run with success it will be a long day, but we believe they will have to revert to the West Coast section of the playbook. The Huskers have a long list of receiving threats and quarterback Sam Keller is completing 64 percent of his passes. The good thing is Keller is not very mobile and OSU won't have to worry about option. It will be another good challenge for the Cowboy secondary if Nebraska does indeed revert to throwing.
Advantage: Nebraska Passing Attack

2. OSU Offensive Line vs. Nebraska Defensive Line
A year ago this would have been a major chore with two future NFL players on the Nebraska defensive line, including first-round pick Adam Carriker and an NFL third-round pick at linebacker. This Nebraska defensive line is watered down and the OSU offensive line is gaining confidence. If the Cowboys can stay away from the stupid penalties like procedure, chop block, and personal fouls and this could become a dominating area in the football game.
Advantage: OSU Offensive Line

3. OSU RBs Dantrell Savage and Kendall Hunter vs. Nebraska LB and Secondary
If the offensive line takes care of the Nebraska defensive line then it will be the job of Savage and Hunter to do what they do best, make tacklers miss and go for the big plays in the running game. We believe they will do it and OSU will control the game with their rushing attack.
Advantage: Savage and Hunter

Last year the Cowboys followed emotional losses with big wins. Now they must do it again. Also, the first five minutes of this one are huge because Nebraska is teetering and a quick OSU start could be very discouraging to the Huskers and also have the Nebraska fans turning on their own.
Oklahoma State 35, Nebraska 27
OSU Prediction Record: 3-3
Last Week: OSU 31-24 (A&M won 24-23)

Big 12 Predictions
@Kansas 31 Baylor 10
Colorado 24 @Kansas State 21
@Texas Tech 52 Texas A&M 28
Texas 28 @Iowa State 13
@Oklahoma 34 Missouri 28
Big 12 Prediction Record: 45-8

OSU Non Conference Opponents Predictions
Georgia 24 @Vanderbilt 20
Florida Atlantic Off
Troy Off
@McNeese State 21 Sam Houston State 20
Opponents Prediction Record: 13-5

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