Looking for a win in Lincoln

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For only the second time in Ohio State history, the Buckeyes are headed to Lincoln, Nebraska for a game of tackle football. The storied programs have played only five times: the home team is a perfect 5-0. The Buckeyes enter as a 24-point favorite. A win would move OSU to eight-hundred ninety two victories — tying the Buckeyes with the Cornhuskers as the 4th winningest FBS program of all-time.

Should the Buckeyes be on upset alert? Last night on Friday the 13th, heavily favored No. 2 Clemson and No. 8 Washington State both lost on the road. Ohio State won’t need any motivation playing Nebraska — but this weekend already has the feel of a wacky one in college football.

The Cornhuskers defense is vulnerable against the run. Last week, Wisconsin put up 353 rushing yards in a 21-point victory in Lincoln. The three-headed Buckeye hydra of Barrett, Dobbins, and Weber have already accounted for 1,125 yards on the ground and will test the Nebraska defense.

Meanwhile, the Cornhuskers’ offense has not been in gear this year. While OSU ranks top-20 in every major offensive category (total, rushing, passing, scoring) — Nebraska has been uneven under quarterback Tanner Lee. Lee has more giveaways than a Black Friday sale — with 10 interceptions on the season to only 11 touchdowns. In only two of Nebraska’s six games this year has Lee thrown for more touchdowns than interceptions.

Ohio State will get the win and Lincoln, under an offense in its groove against a Cornhusker defense that’s far removed from their Blackshirt heyday. It’s close for a half, but a turnover prone Tanner Lee and the running game of the Buckeyes put OSU over the top — Buckeyes 38, Nebraska 14.

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