"He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way and that's how you get...Colter". OK, so maybe it's not a completely accurate quote from The Untouchables, but it's pretty close. This year, just outside Chicago the Huskers will face Northwestern. The Wildcats undermined an otherwise promising season in 2011 with a victory in Lincoln. Dan Persa was the star quarterback for the Wildcats who started the game and led NW to their first touchdown, but it was Colter who did the most damage with two rushing touchdowns and another one passing. This year, Nebraska will be coming off a bye week when they head to Evanston to face a team that should be dog-tired after going into it's eighth straight game without a break.
A year ago, the Huskers had seemingly made their season with a dominant performance over Michigan State. Nebraska was ranked ninth nationally hosting an unranked Northwestern squad. This time, regardless of what's happened building up to the game with the Wildcats, the Big Red will be rested and focused on erasing its most disappointing home game from 2011.
Among the losses to graduation for NW was wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, whose 81-yard touchdown against the Huskers was the back-breaker in 2011. That was part of a six-catch 147-yard performance. More concerning for the Wildcats will be the loss of two starting defensive tackles and their top reserves at defensive end. Defensive line play is generally a key to stopping a dual-threat passer. Nebraska by contrast will bring back all four starters from the contest a year ago. Add in the decided edge at running back and a group of receivers for the Big Red that some believe will be the Big Ten's best, and things look promising for a Nebraska victory.
Colter will need another stellar game and even that may not be enough. By contrast, there's a number of ways that the Big Red can win. They could ride Burkhead, Martinez, Bell the defensive line, or special teams. If it all comes together for the Huskers, it might be pretty one-sided.
That's the Nebraska way.