It was another week and Nebraska took its sweet time pulling away from another inferior opponent. However, the Huskers ultimately brought the hammer down and appear to be getting their karma back with interest from last year thanks to a 28-0 fourth quarter.
The Big Red sits at 2-0 and will be facing easily the biggest test of the season in the Oregon Ducks. Time to review my champion picks versus the Cowboys and pick five to shine against the Quack Attack.
Running back Devine Ozigbo – Wyoming had a defensive plan in mind that I can’t argue with: stop Nebraska’s run game and force Tommy Armstrong to throw. They certainly did that as the Huskers only mustered 3.2 yards per run on 43 attempts. Ozigbo felt that sting as he carried 15 times for 44 yards and a touchdown. Even though the game was tight through the third quarter, I’m counting this as a swing and a miss.
Defensive end Ross Dzuris – On the other hand, I scored big time in selecting the man with the fierce facial features. Dzuris turned in another great game with four tackles (one solo), two tackles for loss, was credited with half of a sack and nearly returned a recovered fumble for a score.
Safety Nate Gerry – The Huskers’ captain in the secondary did nothing but make plays in his return from suspension. Gerry racked up seven tackles (four solo), one tackle for loss, a pass breakup and two interceptions. Looking good with two for three solid picks so far.
Wide Receiver Alonzo Moore – A second-straight career-best week by Moore boosts my total to three for four. He brought in three catches for 109 yards including a 63-yard score. That second-quarter touchdown was the longest of his career, besting the 57-yard touchdown catch he had against Fresno State last week.
Cornerback Lamar Jackson – Here’s where my luck ran out. Unfortunately, due to a groin injury, Action Jackson didn’t play. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.
That puts me at 5.5 out of 10 for the year. Time to pick some winners against the Ducks.
Running back Devine Ozigbo – This is my single offensive pick of the week which seems weird because Brady Hoke’s defense has shown more holes than swiss cheese. Then again, the reason for this pick is that the Ducks cannot seem to stop the ground game. Give me Zig to continue that trend.
Defensive end Ross Dzuris – Last week, I doubled down on true freshman cornerback Lamar Jackson. This week, I’m taking a chance on another week of mustachioed mayhem. Head coach Mike Riley really said it all when it comes to rolling the dice on D-Money again.
“Ross [Dzuris] is a very much detailed guy and a hard, hard worker. When you combine hard work, experience, attention to detail, it’s not unusual that a guy would do well. So we expect him to be one of the more stable people we have on this team as we go through the season.”
Linebacker Josh Banderas – Oregon may not have a guy like Marcus Mariota at quarterback anymore, but running back Royce Freeman is a major weapon. The Ducks still utilize the zone read. It’s going to take an experienced, heady guy like Banderas to not only make defensive calls but disrupt plays up the gut, sideline to sideline and even in coverage. He tied the team in tackles with seven last week. I think he makes his presence felt against Oregon.
Safety Nate Gerry – Easily one of the calmest guys off the field that I’ve seen play so violently on it. Gerry’s also been an interception magnet throughout his career. During the first game of his senior season, he picks off a quarterback that isn’t actually that bad in Josh Allen twice. Oregon can’t ride Freeman all day and I’m curious if quarterback Dakota Prukop has the ability to beat this secondary deep. If he tries against Gerry, I think it eventually bites him in the butt.
Safety Kieron Williams – After playing lights out two weeks in a row, Williams finally gets the call from me. He had five tackles (four solo) and returned an interception for a score against Wyoming. Either the lack of having a Blackshirt in practice is making him play with a chip on a shoulder, humbled him or a little bit of both. Whatever it is, it’s working and as I said with Gerry, I like him against Prukop.
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