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October 5, 2012

Staff Predictions: Nebraska

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Saturday's game will be a revenge game even if people don't want to admit it going into the contest with Nebraska. Ohio State held a commanding lead in Lincoln (Neb.) last season and an injury led to Ohio State's undoing.

But last year is in the past and if the Buckeyes want to stay unbeaten on the year the team is going to have to look past what happened a year ago.

The Huskers have plenty of talent and an Ohio native as their head coach. Can the Huskers come into town and hand Ohio State it's first loss as well as Urban Meyer his first loss as the head man at Ohio State?

We take a look at how our staff sees things playing out in our Staff Predictions.


Kevin Noon - Publisher
Nebraska can put up points in bunches and the Ohio State defense may meet its match, at least in the bend-don't-break style of defense. The good news for the Buckeyes is that the Nebraska defense has some flaws, especially in the back seven. Rex Burkhead will be limited in his straight forward running but the style of Ameer Abdullah will be problematic if he gets the edge. Taylor Martinez will be dared to throw the ball over the defense but he is much more comfortable running the ball. The Buckeyes won't need to make a QB switch like the Badgers did and ultimately there will be no late comeback like last year as the Buckeyes win a game that will remain close for three quarters. Ohio State 38 Nebraska 30

Ben Axelrod - Lead Team Writer
Even though I predicted them to do so before the season, I had a tough time seeing the Buckeyes escaping both East Lansing and this week's game against Nebraska with an undefeated record intact. The thing about that, however, is that if the Buckeyes were going to lose one of these two games, I would've been more willing to bet it would've happened against Michigan State than I was the Spartans. I'm going to stick with my preseason prediction and say that the Buckeyes pull out another win here, this time in a more handily and higher scoring fashion than they did a week ago. Ohio State 31 Nebraska 20

Marc Givler - Recruiting Analyst
Both of these teams are coming off huge wins last week and should be coming into this game with plenty of confidence. The Buckeyes had some success against Nebraska on offense last year before Braxton Miller went down and Miller's legs could once again be a major factor, especially if the weather is ugly as expected. This should be an electric atmosphere under the lights in Ohio Stadium on Saturday and I look for the Buckeyes to win a close one in front of the home crowd. Ohio State 27 Nebraska 24

Jeremy Birmingham - Team Writer
The Buckeyes are set to host the Huskers in the first "big" game of the Urban Meyer era as the Ohio State head coach. In last year's first ever Big Ten meeting of these two traditional powers, Nebraska stunned the Buckeyes with a 21-point second half comeback to best the Buckeyes 34-27 in Lincoln. This year, as the two schools meet for the first time ever with each school ranked nationally, the Buckeyes and Huskers are primed and ready for an epic showdown in the 'Shoe on Saturday night. Ohio State has suffered through seven scoreless quarters in its first fives games, and that's not something they can afford to do against a Cornhuskers offense that's averaging almost 45 points a game. Last year's game changed when Ohio State's Braxton Miller got hurt; if he stays healthy this year, at home, the Buckeyes will hold off the Huskers. Ohio State 34 Nebraska 26

Andy McLachlan - Team Writer
Both teams faced major tests last weekend and both prevailed, thus making this match up a little more intriguing. Even if a Buckeye fan took a "Forget-Me-Now", it's hard not to remember last year's meltdown in Lincoln...mostly because Big Ten Network is showing it on rotation. The major players from a year ago are back and playing some of the best football we've seen from them. Taylor Martinez and Braxton Miller were lights out in the month of September. I believe whoever has a better performance between these two will grab the W in Columbus Saturday night. It's hard to pick against the Buckeyes when the sun sets in the 'shoe. Ohio State 31 Nebraska 27

Tom Levenick - Time and Change Contributor/Former Player
Nebraska travels to Columbus to play the Buckeyes after impactful victories for both schools: Nebraska over Wisconsin and the Buckeyes over Michigan State. While the Buckeyes defense will have their hands full trying to stop Rex Burkhead and quarterback Taylor Martinez, the Cornhuskers will have just as much trouble trying to contain Braxton Miller, Carlos Hyde and Devon Smith. I await the resurgence of Jake Stoneburner and feel it will happen against the Cornhuskers. The Buckeyes have a huge "chip on their shoulder after their 21 point collapse last year in Lincoln and this will be one of those incredible home field experience games, where the Buckeye Nation is at fever pitch. I see the Buckeyes winning by 10 points. Ohio State 31 Nebraska 21

Doug Bean - Team Writer/Social Media
You get the sense after listening to the Ohio State players this week that Saturday's game against Nebraska is payback time. It's evident that the loss last year in Lincoln -- and the way the Buckeyes lost it -- has stuck with them like a blister that won't heal. The word revenge should be considered a misnomer, but avenge certainly is accurate in this case. As long as Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller doesn't get hurt and the defense can slow the Cornhuskers' running game and corral quarterback Taylor Martinez, the Buckeyes will reverse the outcome from last season and move to 6-0. Ohio State 38 Nebraska 24

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