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Big 12 Championship Preview: Oklahoma – Nebraska

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The Big 12 Championship will be largely determined by health or lack thereof. Outstanding Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray is reportedly all set to go, but he certainly won’t be 100%. For Nebraska, Dynamic freshman QB Taylor Martinez is a game-time decision. With him at full strength Nebraska is a completely different team. Unfortunately he’s hampered with ankle/toe injuries, and while I expect him to play, he won’t be the difference-maker he otherwise would be. That really makes this game intriguing

When Martinez isn’t in the game, the Cornhuskers will go with Cody Green at QB. Green is a better pure passer than Martinez, but doesn’t bring the kind of game-breaking ability with his legs. This will allow the Sooner defense worry less about the scramble and key on RBs Roy Helu and Rex Burkhead. This in turn could force Nebraska into 3rd and long passing situations where they don’t want to be. If Oklahoma can take away the run and force the Huskers to try to win this game through the air they will be able to create turnovers and give themselves short field situations and easy points.

Oklahoma’s offense is explosive with playmakers like Murray, WR Ryan Broyles and RB Roy Finch. Their main issue is across the offensive line where they tend to get caught flat-footed and out of position from time to time. Nebraska also has a very talented secondary led by CB Prince Amukamara The secondary may force QB Landry Jones has to hang on to the ball longer than he would like to. Combine a good secondary with an aggressive pass rush on a suspect o-line and that makes for a good match-up for Nebraska. Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson would be wise to utilize the screen game to his advantage whenever possible. It won’t be easy though, the Husker secondary is excellent at getting off blocks and getting to the ball.

With the way that the Husker D appears perfectly built to stop the Sooner offense, a healthy Martinez could easily mean a double digit Cornhusker win. Having him hobbled though, I just don’t know how Nebraska will be able to score when they need it. The Sooners are playing with a lot of confidence and ultimately pull this one out late.

Oklahoma 23 – Nebraska 20


One Response to “Big 12 Championship Preview: Oklahoma – Nebraska”

  1. This author made a petty good prediction on the Oklahoma- Nebraska game

    Posted by Neil | December 6, 2010, 5:33 pm

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