Nebraska heads to Columbus with a 2-6 record while riding a two game winning streak as well with their latest win over Bethune-Cookman, 45-9. For Ohio State, enters this game ranked #10 with a 7-1 record. They had a bye this past week and their previous game was a loss to Purdue, 49-20. With a week off, Ohio State will look to bounce back against the Huskers. This is an important game for each team as for Ohio State it has playoff implications and for Nebraska, to keep bowl eligibility alive as well.
Ohio State averages 555.5 yards of offense per game and they will look to exploit a struggling Husker defense. At quarterback, Ohio State is led by sophomore Dwayne Haskins. Haskins has 2,801 yards, 30 touchdowns, and just five interceptions. He’s also completing passes at a 71% rate.
Ohio State’s primary weapon on the ground will be sophomore J.K. Dobbins. Dobbins has 521 yards and four touchdowns last year. Juinor K.J. Hill leads the team in receiving with 49 catches, 651 yards, and four touchdowns. Parris Campbell will be another threat at receiver as he has 600 yards and seven touchdowns as well.
On defense, Ohio State allows 390 yards per game, and 241 of those yards are through the air. Junior safety Jordan Fuller leads the team with 44 tackles. Junior Malik Harrison is a speedy linebacker who is second on the team in tackles as he has accumulated 35 tackles. He also has three tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and an interception. Those two will be the ones to watch on defense for Ohio State.
For the Huskers, freshman Adrian Martinez will look to continue his stellar play. His numbers now stand at 1,656 yards, 11 touchdowns, and six interceptions. His rushing numbers are at 408 yards and four touchdowns.
Senior running back Devine Ozigbo, has already surpassed his career yards on the ground by over 200 yards as he is at 710 yards this year. He also has eight scores and has a 7.4 yard per carry average. Ozigbo and the offensive line are X-Factors as they might be able to open up the offensive passing game with some tough running.
JD Spielman continues rack up insane numbers as he is at 53 catches for 686 yards and seven scores. Senior Stanley Morgan Jr. isn’t too far behind with 44 catches, 638 yards, and five touchdowns. These two will need to try and make life easier for Martinez in a hostile environment.
On defense, Nebraska is allowing 438 yards per game and 272 yards are coming through the air. The Ohio State offense throws the ball all over the field. If Nebraska can at least slow down the passing game, that will fair well for the Huskers. Junior, Lamar Jackson and sophomore, Dicaprio Bootle will need to be very good on the perimeter. Also, second leading tackler with 49, senior safety Aaron Williams, will more than likely be matched up against a number of different targets for Ohio State.
Junior Mohammed Barry and seniors Luke Gifford and Dedrick Young and sophomore Ben Stille, will have their hands full trying to bring down a running back like Dobbins down. The defensive line for Nebraska will need to create pressure and make things tough for Haskins to help Nebraska in this game.
You can listen to the game on 880 KRVN and 106.9 FM, Nebraska’s longest running affiliate with pregame at 8:00 A.M. and kickoff slated for 11:00 A.M.