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Buffaloes at a glance
Last week: Defeated Colorado State, 45-13
Steven Montez, Jr.: 22-for-25, 338 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
Travon McMillian, Sr.: 10 att., 103 yards, 1 TD
Kyle Evans, Sr.: 12 att., 59 yards
Beau Bisharat, Jr.: 7 att., 52 yards
Laviska Shenault, So.: 11 catches, 211 yards, 1 TD
KD Nixon, So.: 6 catches, 112 yards, 1 TD
Juwann Winfree, Sr.: 2 catches, 7 yards, 1 TD
LB Nate Landman, So.: 14 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT
CB Delrick Abrams, Jr.: 8 tackles, 1 PBU
LB Rick Gamboa, Sr.: 7 tackles
5 Buffs to watch vs. Nebraska
LB Nate Landman: The Pac-12 defensive player of the week will be a key to slowing down the Nebraska offense. He’s proven to have a nose for the football and his instincts have to be on point against the Cornhuskers.
QB Steven Montez: CU could not have asked for a better start from the junior last week, but he’ll have to be better this week in a hostile environment. It’s important for Montez to remain poised, play well and bring confidence to the offense throughout the game.
WR Laviska Shenault: The sophomore had a monster game in the opener and will be a player that Nebraska is aware of all afternoon. Shenault lined up at several different positions throughout the game last week and could be used in a variety of ways.
WR Juwann Winfree: Shenault and KD Nixon had huge games against CSU, while Winfree was fairly quiet (2 catches, 7 yards, 1 TD). If Nebraska focuses too much on Nixon and Shenault, Winfree could be in for a huge day.
S Evan Worthington: He and fellow senior Nick Fisher have to be good for the Buffs at safety in this game. The Cornhuskers want to run the ball, but they also have talented receivers, the Buffs have to prevent the big play in the passing game.
Bottom line for CU
Colorado got off to a great start with its win against CSU, but this is the first true test of the season. Winning in Lincoln has never been easy for anyone, let alone Colorado. Winning this game would be a huge jolt for the fan base, but it would also set the Buffaloes up for a great season.
Cornhuskers at a glance
Record: 0-0; Went 4-8, 3-6 Big Ten in 2017
Last week: Game vs. Akron cancelled due to inclement weather
Statistical leaders (top returners from 2017)
Devine Ozigbo, Sr.: 129 att., 493 yards, 3 TD
Mikale Wilbon, Sr.: 88 att., 379 yards, 6 TD
Jaylin Bradley, So.: 24 att., 93 yards
Stanley Morgan Jr., Sr.: 61 catches, 986 yards, 10 TD
JD Spielman, So.: 55 catches, 830 yards, 2 TD
Mikale Wilbon, Sr.: 21 catches, 80 yards
LB Dedrick Young II, Sr.: 80 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 sack
S Aaron Williams, Sr.: 48 tackles, 2 INT
DE Ben Stille, So.: 24 tackles, 10 TFL, 3.5 sacks
5 Cornhuskers to watch vs. CU
LG Jerald Foster: Started every game in 2017 and is the leader of a group that has to play well for Nebraska to have success with its running game, which is led by QB Adrian Martinez and RB Greg Bell, a junior college transfer.
QB Adrian Martinez: Likely to be the first true freshman to ever start the season opener at quarterback for the Cornhuskers, Martinez is fast and has big-play ability. However, he hasn’t played a game in two years (missed his senior year of high school with an injury) and because quarterbacks can’t get hit in practice, he really hasn’t been hit in two years.
WR Stanley Morgan Jr.: One of the nation’s top receivers, Morgan set a Nebraska record with 986 receiving yards last year. He and sophomore JD Spielman are likely to be Martinez’s top targets in the passing game.
NT Mick Stoltenberg: One of several experienced players on the line, he mans the middle and will surely give the Colorado offensive line a tougher test than it got a week ago. He will be counted on to have a big game this week.
LB Dedrick Young II: The top returning tackler from a year ago, he’s the key to Nebraska playing better defensively this week and this season. The Cornhuskers had one of the country’s worst defenses last year, but Young is a play-maker inside.
Bottom line for Nebraska
The 2017 season was just about rock bottom for Nebraska, which was once an annual contender for conference and national titles. The hiring of Scott Frost — who quarterbacked the Cornhuskers to their last national title, in 1997 — has given new energy to this program and it would be huge if they start off with a victory in front of the home crowd.