Texas Tech @ Nebraska: Defensive Preview

Vincent Meeks and the Red Raider defense played great against Kansas. Can they do it again on the road in Lincoln?

The Red Raider defense alleviated any previous concerns that Texas Tech fans had by playing an incredible game against Kansas. They held the Jayhawks to 271 total yards, and only allowed Kansas to mount one long scoring drive. The Jayhawks only scored otherwise on two red zone turnovers. Texas Tech fans were obviously encouraged to see their defense finally play to their abilities, despite the loss of Senior MLB Brock Stratton to injury. If the Red Raiders put out a similar effort against Nebraska, they shouldn't have trouble keeping the Cornhuskers' scoring to a minimum.

Since moving to the West Coast offense, Nebraska has had some problems making the adjustment, but finally appears to be figuring things out. In an double-overtime upset over then-ranked Iowa State last weekend, quarterback Zac Taylor threw for 431 yards and two touchdowns. Although that may be impressive numbers for a Nebraska quarterback, it's just business as usual for the Texas Tech offense. If the Nebraska offense is unable to get some offense going and keep the Red Raider Air Raid off of the field, the Cornhuskers could be in for a long day. Although this one shouldn't be a blowout like last year, Nebraska will likely need to put at least 25-30 points on the board to pull off the win.

This game should be decided by Nebraska's offensive performance against a greatly improved Red Raider defense. On the one hand, the Texas Tech defense faces an offensive scheme similar to Nebraska's every day in practice, so they should be well-prepared. On the other hand, if the Cornhuskers can get some offense going early and get the crowd behind them, they may be hard to stop. Still, it should be interesting to see who prevails in a game that should have quite a bit of emotion in it on both sides of the field. Either Texas Tech proves that they're on the fast track to playing Texas for the South Title, or Nebraska shows that their historic program has finally returned to prominence on the national stage.


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