Scott Frost is expecting Ohio State to bring it on Saturday. When Nebraska goes toe-to-toe with the Buckeyes on Saturday, the Huskers are expecting the Buckeyes to play as well as they have all season.
Ohio State had an extra week to think about a 49-20 loss to Purdue, the team’s first defeat of the season. With November being a make-or-break month for the Buckeyes’ B1G and College Football Playoff hopes, Frost anticipates a fast start from the guys across the field.
“There’s no question they’re a really talented team,” Frost said at his weekly press conference. “I have no doubt we’re going to get their best shot.
“I foresee their team coming out and playing with their hair on fire at the beginning. We need to be able to withstand that initial surge and play well at the beginning.”
Nebraska enters Saturday’s matchup with as much confidence as it’s had all season. With back-to-back wins over Minnesota and Bethune-Cookman, the Huskers have some momentum after an 0-6 start, the worst in program history.
Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez said on Monday that he’s confident that the offense can contend with the Buckeyes.
“There’s no question in our minds that we can compete with Ohio State and beat Ohio State,” Martinez said.
Saturday’s matchup is the biggest test the Huskers have faced since taking on Michigan in September. Nebraska endured one of its more embarrassing losses, falling 56-10 in Ann Arbor. It was just the team’s third game and Martinez was still recovering from a leg injury.
After a pair of wins, battling Ohio State will be a nice barometer for Frost. He should walk away knowing how close his team is to competing with some of the better teams in the conference, or if there’s still a long haul ahead.
Nebraska is preparing for Ohio State’s best on Saturday. We’ll find out if the Huskers are up to the challenge.