Football Links: Slowing The Big Red Machine
In their glory days, Nebraska might have been one of the most transparent teams in terms of offense. The old Tom Osborne teams wore teams down with simple I-formation and triple option runs, daring opponents to do anything about it.
After a brief switch to the spread offense, Nebraska is back to option football. This time, the Bo Pelini-led Cornhuskers run the Oregon-style zone read, where the QB makes a decision based on what the defensive end does on a given play. Install a fast QB, like Nebraska has done with RS frosh Taylor Martinez, and there is the potential for damage.
Martinez is averaging 13.5 yards per carry, and he clearly has the attention of the Huskies defense. In a story for the Tacoma News-Tribune, writer Ryan Divish talks about how the last thing the Huskies want is Martinez one-on-one with a safety or defensive back.
They key for the Huskies is for the front seven to handle the running game, so the corners are not susceptible to play-action passes.
Woodward says Pelini could have been on UW short list - Seattle Times
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From The Nebraska Perspective
The Omaha World-Herald filed their first dispatch from here in Seattle, noting how Saturday's game at Husky Stadium will have a decidedly pro-Nebraska feel to it, as up to 25,000 fans are expected to make the trip.
There's little else to say - Nebraska fans travel far and wide to support the Huskers. The article mostly talks about transplanted Nebraskans in the Seattle area, including one who flies a giant "N" flag from his home in Fremont.
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