Scouting report: Washington at Nebraska
Washington (2-0); Nebraska (2-0) Time: 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. TV: Ch. 4. Radio: 950 KJR AM. The line: Nebraska by...
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Washington (2-0); Nebraska (2-0)
Time: 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.
TV: Ch. 4. Radio: 950 KJR AM. The line: Nebraska by 17.
The setup: Huskies looking to take the rubber match of a three-game "series" against Nebraska that began with the Cornhuskers' 56-21 win in Seattle last September before UW won a rematch in the Holiday Bowl, 19-7, in December. Washington has won six games in a row, but a road win against a ranked team would give additional validity.
Key matchup: Nebraska's offense revolves largely around quarterback Taylor Martinez, who ate the Huskies up in Seattle last year but was ineffective in the Holiday Bowl. Washington has to keep Martinez in check, not letting him rip off big gains on the ground, and making him throw.
Injuries: UW — RB Deontae Cooper (knee), CB Adam Long (knee) and S Nate Fellner (hamstring), out; S Taz Stevenson (knee), DE Talia Crichton (knee), questionable. Nebraska — CB Alfonzo Dennard (leg), questionable; guard Andrew Rodriguez (undisclosed), probable.
Upset brewing? UW showed the formula to beat Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl — shutting down the run and forcing Martinez to throw, and feeding the ball to running back Chris Polk. Nebraska's defense looks more susceptible this year, especially in the secondary, and if the Huskies can exploit those holes, it should be able to hit some big plays through the air, as well.
Prediction: Nebraska 34, Washington 28.
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