The Cornhuskers can expect a tougher test from Wyoming than they received on opening weekend against Fresno State
Wyoming and Nebraska both got their seasons started off on high notes during opening weekend — albeit in extremely differing fashion. The Cowboys came out on top of an overtime thriller against Northern Illinois, sealing the deal with an incredible quarterback scramble that got plenty of highlight-run nationally.

The Huskers plodded through what was largely a yawner against Fresno State. An obviously conservative Nebraska offensive game plan kept the contest close in the first half, but you never felt like Mike Riley’s bunch was in any real danger. Both teams still have plenty to work on, and each will serve as a measuring stick of sorts for the other in terms of where they are and where they need to be.

Wyoming at Nebraska

Kickoff: Saturday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m. ET T
V Channel: ESPN2
Spread: Nebraska -24.5

Three Things to Watch

1. Wyoming running back Brian Hill vs. the Nebraska Front Seven Fresno State didn’t have the horsepower to attack Nebraska up the gut with the run game. As a result, the Blackshirt defensive line and linebacker units went largely untested. Wyoming’s running game — powered by Hill, a future NFL draft pick — is a completely different animal. Cowboy head coach Craig Bohl likes his teams to be physical on the ground — dating back to when he was winning FCS national titles at North Dakota State. Hill is the textbook definition of a workhorse, and he’ll be the perfect tune-up for what Nebraska is going to face throughout the rest of the season. We’ll learn a lot about the Nebraska defense as a result of this matchup.

2. Will Nebraska take shots early? All offseason, Husker Nation clamored for more running and less passing. Last weekend, they got exactly that, and the end result was Fresno State hanging around perhaps a little longer than they should have. As much as the good folks from the Cornhusker state admire a solid rushing attack, the strength of this team is its wide receivers and tight ends. They caught a grand total of five passes last weekend. Look for Riley to have Tommy Armstrong firing more shots down the field early in an effort to do what they should have done last weekend — put the game away by halftime. Nebraska doesn’t want to trade clouds of dust with a Bohl-coached team.

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