They know all about the spread at USC. Ask any Trojan fan about last season's game against Nebraska. USC was favored by 18.5 points, but the Cornhuskers covered in a 28-10 loss at the L.A. Coliseum.
Bill Callahan's gameplan was to keep the ball out of the USC's hands, thus limiting the scoring opportunities for the Trojans. The Cornhuskers attempted only 17 passes, including one on a fake punt, and although Callahan was criticized for not trying to win, his plan of attack has become a blueprint for other teams who face the Trojan horses.
Saturday brings the rematch in Lincoln, and the Trojans are favored. by 9.5 points at this writing. Normally the Wiz has an opinion on such matters, but he's taking a pass on this one and turning it over to two expert bloggers. First, let's hear from Steve, representing Big Red Network. Can the Cornhuskers pull the upset?
"If this game weren't at night in Lincoln, it would be hard to make any case for Nebraska. But over the years we've learned that in Lincoln, the Huskers always have a chance. The Husker defense and special teams carried them to victory over Wake Forest and they can do the same with a juiced-up home crowd behind them.
"Points will be tough to come by, but there are weapons. USC is better [see the point spread], but it may still be figuring things out offensively. So give the Huskers a chance but don't make a big bet either way on this game."
Now we get the Trojan perspective from Scott of Boi From Troy.
"Expect USC to bring their 'A' Game to Lincoln, as it always does in road openers. The Trojan defense is hungry to create turnovers and it knows how to force Sam Keller into mistakes. With versatile linebacker Brian Cushing back from injury, the Men of Troy have a threat with explosiveness around the backside.
"If Nebraska's defensive line shows the gaping holes it had at Wake Forest, expect any number of Trojan tailbacks to penetrate all game long. Oh yeah, don't underestimate USC's Heisman Trophy candidate John David Booty, who needs to make a case for his campaign early in the season."