Someone asked Jim Harbaugh at his press conference this week what he thought of the win after having a chance to watch the game tape. It’s unclear, from the video at least, if the question was referencing tape from Michigan’s win over Wisconsin or Nebraska’s win over Northwestern.
Harbaugh chose the red route, saying he saw a Huskers “team hitting its stride.”
Pretty standard game-week press conference fare, but if the week leading up to Nebraska’s 56-7 win over Northwestern was all about what the Huskers hadn’t done to be sitting at 2-3, the complete domination of the Wildcats flipped the conversation to something closer to “y’know, maybe this team is better than its record suggests.”
Nebraska (2-3, 1-2) has an excellent opportunity to introduce new evidence supporting the latter view when No. 9 Michigan (5-0, 2-0) visits for a night game at Memorial Stadium. The Wolverines opened as a slight favorite, and the line has risen since, but it’s still squarely in toss-up territory. The two teams enter with defenses ranked in the top 15 in points per game allowed––Michigan 12.8 (sixth), Nebraska 15.5 (13th)––and offenses that have occasionally looked brilliant and limited.
What must Nebraska do offensively to slow down a fierce Wolverine pass rush? What can’t happen for the Huskers when Michigan has the ball? We break down all of that and more in the latest I-80 Preview.
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Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.