The last time Michigan and Nebraska faced one another the year was 2018, and the game was not close. Michigan beat Nebraska 56-10, improving to 3-1 and dropping the Cornhuskers to 0-3. Nebraska had just 132 total yards compared to 491 from Michigan.
Nebraska head coach Scott Frost was asked on Monday if his team has closed the gap physically since that day.
“I guess we’ll find out. I thought they had a phenomenal team (in 2018), I thought they were going to win the league after we went up there. They kicked our butt,” Frost said. “We were outmanned probably nearly every position. We didn’t have much of a chance in that one. And they’ve got another good team, I think very similar to that one and we get an opportunity to test ourselves against a really good team.”
Frost mentioned that Michigan’s edge rushers, Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo, present a major challenge for their offense. Hutchinson was just named Pro Football Focus Defensive Player of the Week, and Ojabo was named the Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week. Hutchinson has 4.5 sacks on the season and Ojabo has 3.5.
“Those guys cause havoc, they’re hard to block, you go try to block them outside and they’ll beat you inside. They’re tough to protect against. Their middle linebacker is really good too, they’re good across the board — but their edge guys are the guys that really create problems and plays for ‘em, and we definitely got to have a plan for them.”
While it remains to be seen if Nebraska has closed a talent and physicality gap between them and Michigan, there’s no doubt the team is in a good spot after a dominating 56-7 win over Northwestern. The 3-3 Huskers host No. 9 Michigan (5-0) on Saturday night at 7:30 ET, and Frost hopes fans get loud and stay loud. “We need help,” said Frost. “Hope the fans are excited as we are”.