Indiana vs. Nebraska prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen in the game between the Hoosiers and Cornhuskers.
Tommy Armstrong is hurting, Jordan Westerkamp and Devine Ozigbo are out with injuries and in no way am I completely sold on Nebraska being a top-10 team. Urban Meyer praised Indiana after it hung tough with the Buckeyes for about 2 ½ quarters last week. But, despite all of that, I’m going with the Cornhuskers to escape Bloomington with a close victory. They’re going to force Richard Lagow into a couple of interceptions that will give the banged-up Nebraska offense short fields to work with.
I really want to pick Indiana at home – wearing some slick alternate uniforms, to boot – but can’t. Nebraska isn’t the most complete team in the nation, but damn if it isn’t a strong locker room. Between the tragic passing of Sam Foltz and Mike Riley putting some demons to rest in the offseason, the team has really galvanized. It also has a strong leader in Tommy Armstrong. If it weren’t for a slew of intangibles going in Nebraska’s favor, I’d take the Hoosiers in an upset (and won’t be shocked if Kevin Wilson’s club pulls the stunner).
Tommy Armstrong Jr. is hobbled with a sprained ankle, but he’s still expected to play. Nebraska might keep him in the pocket a little more, though. There’s no need to let him take off with the football too much and risk hurting that ankle even more. Devine Ozigbo is out with an ankle injury, but Terrell Newby will be there to pick up the slack. Just hand it off and let him do his thing.
Two exciting offenses match up in this Big Ten clash, so expect the scoreboard to get lit up. Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong has been carrying this offense, so Mike Riley’s bunch will be in good shape as long as his decision-making remains sound. The Nebraska secondary makes a couple of plays throughout the contest that flips field position and gives the Huskers a few more scoring chances, and Armstrong has a big day on the ground and makes enough plays through the air to give Nebraska the win.
How do you like Mike Riley now, Cornhusker fans? There might be more red than crimson in the seats at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, as Nebraska tries to make it a perfect 6-0. Indiana is no pushover, though, and my Big Ten man-crush Kevin Wilson has make them a legit team. I like the Cornhuskers in a close one.