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Ranking Ohio State’s 2021 opponents by difficulty: No. 7 – Nebraska

An early look at each upcoming adversary on the Buckeyes’ 2021 schedule, and an attempt at putting them in order from least to most challenging for Ohio State.

2021 Ohio State Football Schedule

Sept. 2 – at Minnesota

Sept. 11 – Oregon

Sept. 18 – Tulsa

Sept. 25 – Akron

Oct. 2 – at Rutgers

Oct. 9 – Maryland

Oct. 23 – at Indiana

Oct. 30 – Penn State

Nov. 6 – at Nebraska

Nov. 13 – Purdue

Nov. 20 – Michigan State

Nov. 27 – at Michigan

Adrian Martinez returns at quarterback for the Huskers.
Adrian Martinez returns at quarterback for the Huskers. (USA TODAY)

Nebraska proved to have an excellent running offense by Big Ten standards in 2020, as the only other team besides Ohio State to average more than 200 yards per game on the ground. Passing the ball, though, was another story, as the Huskers had the third-worst aerial assault in the entire offense.

Unfortunately for Scott Frost and company, that type of offensive outlook plays right into the hands of the Buckeyes, who have been second-to-none at stopping the run over the past two seasons, and proved to be much more susceptible to a prolific pass attack in 2020.

For that very reason, Nebraska slips maybe a spot lower than it would have otherwise due simply to the fact that its offense seems to match up poorly with the Buckeyes in particular.

Not to mention, Ryan Day offenses have had no issue putting up video game numbers on Husker defenses. Since Day entered the program in 2017, the Buckeyes have averaged a whopping 48 points per game against Nebraska in four matchups.

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