For the second time in three years, Penn State will host Nebraska on senior day. We all know what was going on in Happy Valley the last time Nebraska visited Beaver Stadium and we also know what happened when these teams met in Lincoln in 2012. Given different circumstances in 2011 and some adequate officiating in last season’s contest, Penn State might’ve won both of those games against the Cornhuskers instead of barely losing both of them.
Nebraska, along with Michigan, should be favored to represent the Legends division in the Big Ten championship game for the second straight season. Last year Nebraska was blitzed by Wisconsin in Indianapolis and eventually lost to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl. The Cornhuskers return a lot on offense including one of the most explosive dual threat quarterbacks in the country in Taylor Martinez, as well as a solid group of running backs and receivers.
However, it’s that “Blackshirt” Nebraska defense that will be under close watch throughout the whole season. Nebraska gave up 26.2 points per game last season, which ranked in the bottom part of the conference. That included giving up 36 points to UCLA, 63 to Ohio State, 45 to Georgia and 70 to Wisconsin in the aforementioned Big Ten title game.
With this being Penn State’s second to last game of season, hopefully whoever the quarterback is will have a good handle on the offense. I see a high scoring and exciting game here due to the fact that both teams have a plethora of offensive weapons and some question marks on defense. A lot can change over the course of the season before these teams meet and hopefully the third time is the charm for Penn State against Nebraska.