Minnesota at Nebraska
If you had this game circled on your calendar, and your name doesn’t rhyme with “berry pill,” I’m sorry, but I just don’t believe you.
Nebraska utterly failed to stop Wisconsin last week, of course, but that was in Madison. Now it gets to face what is essentially the same team at home. David Cobb isn’t quite as good as Melvin Gordon — who is? — and the Minnesota defense is a bit less scary (though still stout) but the Gophers have shown occasional signs of brilliance (or at least competence) in the passing game.
It’s kind of funny. The knock on Bo Pelini has been that he always loses four games. This looks to be the season that finally doesn’t happen but the fans are restless anyway. The Huskers’ problem is obvious and persistent. They don’t have a very good defense. They last time they did, Frank Solich was still on the sidelines. I don’t know if Nebraska needs a new head coach, but I’m pretty sure the defensive staff needs to be shuffled a bit, because whatever they’ve been doing isn’t working and never has.
I still believe in Bo Pelini as a head coach. I just don’t believe in him as much as I believe in Jerry Kill right now. If Pelini’s smart he’ll try to turn this into a basketball game. His defense can’t really shut anybody down anyway and he has equal to superior talent at the offensive skill positions.
For that reason, even though Minnesota is very, very good, I think it’s still a year away from winning a game like this.
The pick: Nebraska 30, Minnesota 27