Nebraska University Football: Nebraska vs Wyoming Game Preview

By CJ Harvey @Cj_Harvey7

The Cornhuskers’ are coming into 2013 with the spotlight on them early in the season. Nebraska has created some household names, and college football fans will be keeping up with players like Taylor Martinez and Ameer Abdullah. Like most FBS teams in a power conference, Nebraska will start the season playing a team that does not compare in talent. Do not let that fool you because the Wyoming team they are playing is loaded with underrated players and a stud quarterback. Here are the five things you need to know before Saturday’s game.

1. Nebraska Will Be Ranked 18 

For the fifth year in a row, Nebraska will start the season in the top 25. The Cornhuskers’ are used to being a top team; the last time Bo Pelini’s team was not ranked was in his first season with the team in 2008.

2. Wyoming the Underdog

The Cowboys are traveling to Lincoln to most likely walk off the field with their first “L” on the record, but have no fear because this Cowboy’s team is ready to play with the “We have nothing to lose” mentality. Outside of diehard Wyoming fans, most of the country will expect a Nebraska win, but when a collection of veteran talent is assembled anything can happen.

3. Nebraska’s Heisman Candidate

Taylor Martinez made himself a household name last season with a spectacular 2012 showcase. Martinez has the ability to turn any play into a touchdown, and is an early candidate for the 2013 Heisman Award. Prepare to be on the edge of your seat for every snap this guy has the ball in his hands, because he is a spectacle.

4. Wyoming Has Talent

The Cowboys have some players who will make a splash this season. Senior running back Brandon Miller is a dual threat player. He has great vision out of the backfield, and a pair of good hands to line up in the slot or out wide, but the least discussed player in the Mountain West is Wyoming quarterback, Brett Smith. Smith threw for a career high 2832 yards last season with 27 touchdowns. He threw for a career low interceptions with 6, and has not thrown a pick in his past 174 attempts.

5. Nebraska’s Championship Run Begins

Although not a large speed bump, Wyoming is Nebraska’s first test. This will be the first sign of potential in this Cornhusker squad. This season is Rose Bowl or bust. Bo Pelini knows that his job is in jeopardy; you know he will have these boys ready to play come Saturday. This is the best team Pelini has had at Nebraska, and they have a chance to become a National Championship contender. One can only believe the Huskers will be fired up.