One way or another, one team on Saturday is getting its first win of 2020.
Will it be Nebraska? The Huskers (0-2) continue to fight many of the same demons from 2018 and 2019. Squint and you can see the progress, but squinting won’t magically make wins appear. Nebraska has to go out and earn it. It can’t have 13 points on eight trips into opponent territory, a failure that was improbable enough that the Huskers’ SP+ and FPI ratings improved following last week’s loss to Northwestern. We discuss that on the show, highlight some Huskers to watch and ask if you still buy it when Scott Frost says Nebraska football is close to turning a corner.
Meanwhile, Penn State (0-3) is facing entirely new challenges. The pandemic cost the Nittany Lions star linebacker Micah Parsons, who opted out. Injuries cost them their top two running backs. Penn State’s season-opening loss to Indiana was a surprise (and maybe a little unfortunate), the second loss to Ohio State was defensible and then Maryland put the hammer down in the biggest shock yet. For a team with outside national-title hopes at the start of the year, this is all a pretty big surprise. What do the Nittany Lions do well at this point? What are their weaknesses?
We cover all that as well to help get you prepared for a Nebraska home opener unlike any other.
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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.