Nebraska Cornhuskers football has not started the way they would have wanted for the 2015 season, as they lost their opening game against the BYU Cougars. They were able to bounce back quickly as they leaned heavily on the running game in their second game of the season against the South Alabama Jaguars. They wound up winning the game 48-9 as Terrell Newby was the workhorse back with 28 carries for 198 yards and two touchdowns. But what can they do as they get ready to go up against they Miami Hurricanes? It's important to take a look and see just how they matchup against "The U."
Al Golden has a very balanced offense down near south beach. Through two games they are averaging 242 yards per game passing, and 210.5 yards per game rushing. In the passing game they are led by Sophomore quarterback Brad Kaaya. He is completing 62.7% of his passes so far this season and has a total of 460 yards and three touchdowns. His primary receiver so far this year has been Senior Rashawn Scott. Scott has nine catches for 122 yards and a lone touchdown. When it comes to the rushing game of the Hurricanes, they are going with a three headed monster approach. Sophomore Joseph Yearby is leading the team with 186 yards. He also has two touchdowns. Freshman Mark Walton has been great as well, as he has 127 rushing yards and four touchdowns through two games. Trayone Gray is the third running back and he also has over 100 yards rushing and a touchdown as well.
Mike Riley will have his hands full to try and get the Nebraska offense going strong against the Miami defense. Tommy Armstrong Jr. is the man throwing the ball in the Nebraska offense, and he has five passing touchdowns through two games with a total of 589 yards. One of his favorite targets in the passing game is Jordan Westerkamp, who has ten catches for 138 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Newby of course is the running back to carry the load for the Huskers. After two games he has nearly 100 more rushing yards than the next running back behind him in the pecking order. One thing that could make a difference is special teams, and Huskers kicker Drew Brown made both of his field goals against South Alabama after missing his first two kicks of the season as they went up against the BYU Cougars.
It is interesting in this game because the Miami Hurricanes are coming into the game as a three point favorite. Usually they say that playing at home gives you three points, so they are thinking this is a very close game between two evenly matched teams. Because of the earlier game where Nebraska had BYU and has already played a tougher opponent, this writer thinks they will pull the upset and get the win. It will be close though and probably many people across Nebraska will be biting their fingernails. Westerkamp gets another touchdown and so does Newby. Walton gets two touchdowns for the Hurricanes as well. But the Huskers will get the victory according to yours truly, Nebraska 34, Miami 24.