Nebraska coach Scott Frost knows there probably isn’t a more difficult time to play No. 10 Ohio State than the present.
The Buckeyes (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) are coming off a stunning 49-20 loss at unranked Purdue on Oct. 20 and, with an open date, will have had two weeks to let that simmer before hosting the Cornhuskers in Columbus on Saturday.
Ohio State under head coach Urban Meyer is 5-0 following a regular-season loss, winning by an average of 35 points.
“We had a team meeting (Oct. 23) and the whole, clear the air, clear the bad taste from your mouth and move forward, and that was what was the objective of last week,” Meyer said. “Then as fast as you can, get involved with a Nebraska team that’s hitting the stride pretty good.”
Nebraska steadily improving
The Cornhuskers (2-6, 1-4) are playing better for Frost in his first year at his alma mater.
After dropping the first six games, the Cornhuskers defeated Minnesota 53-28 on Oct. 20 and last Saturday beat Bethune-Cookman 45-9 in a game that was arranged after the season opener vs. Akron was canceled because of severe weather in Lincoln, Neb.
“I know what we’re getting into going up there,” to Ohio State, Frost said. “Probably the worst week of the year to play these guys, but our guys are excited to go up there and play.”
Meyer has been impressed by Nebraska true freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez from Fresno, Calif., whom he tried recruit to Ohio State.
Martinez has already tied the program record by having three games with 400-plus total yards. He is averaging 294.9 yards a game, including 236.6 through the air.
“He’s a dual guy that can run and pass,” Meyer said. “He’s doing a very good job. The last two games he’s done a great job.”
Martinez, unlike his coach, has been to Ohio Stadium when he took an official visit.
“Ohio State is a very talented team, they play aggressive, they play fast and we’re going to have to bring our A-game and be ready to play,” Martinez said.
Buckeyes keeping the O rolling
The Buckeyes average 555.5 yards and 43.0 points per game.
Third-year sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins has 30 touchdowns. Against Purdue he set the school record for completions (49), attempts (73) and yards (470).
“Obviously, he’s as talented of a passer as there is in the country and has a bunch of weapons around him,” Frost said. “We’re worried about that.”
–Field Level Media