Originally posted on The B1g Time  |  Last updated 10/19/12
Nebraska (4-2, 1-1) at Northwestern (6-1, 1-1) (3:30pm ET on ABC) Line: Nebraska -7 Last Meeting: 2011 (28-25 Northwestern Win) 3 Players to Watch: 1) Venric Mark (RB Northwestern): Mark has been going all sorts of crazy in Big Ten play were he ranks 3rd in rushing amongst running backs with 398 yards in three games. He's also third in TD's in conference play amongst RB's with 4. He's a weapon that the Wildcats didn't have last season in their upset win over the Huskers in Lincoln. If the Cats want to win he's got to rush for over 125 yards and have at least a touchdown. 2) Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska): Martinez hasn't totally lit the world on fire in conference play, averaging just 73.5 yards a game, but for the Huskers to win he needs to show his big play ability and make Northwestern pay if they fail to cover him in stretch plays.  3) Damien Proby (LB Northwestern): Mirroring Martinez and Burkhead will be a huge part of Proby's job this game and he's been excellent this season. In fact, he leads the conference in tackles with 39 and is 2nd in tackles per game at 13. He'll need to have that kind of day to hold down the Huskers vaunted rushing attack and create a few turnovers. After all, that's exactly how this team won last season, by capitalizing on Huskers turnovers.  Final Analysis: Unlike last year this game has the potential to be much more of a blowout one way or the other if you ask me. As much as we as fans and pundits like to over analyze things from time to time this game is actually pretty simple. It'll come down to just two things. No. 1 is which team can run the ball better as both have pretty good running backs and QB's that can run as well. No. 2 is which team doesn't turn the ball over. I know it sounds like a cop out, but it's the honest to goodness truth. This game is just that simple to me. It's who can execute virtually the same gameplan the best and to me that's Nebraska for the simple reason that they are bigger along the offensive line and could still wear down the Cats on Saturday. Those in purple and black be prepared to be invaded by a sea of Huskers fans, it'll happen even more to you than it did in Madison last year against the Badgers. My Pick: Nebraska 33, Northwestern 31 Rest of Staff's Picks: Kevin: Nebraska 31, Northwestern 20 Will: Nebraska 38, Northwestern 27
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