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Nebraska Cornhuskers Defense Struggles Against Spread Offenses

Nebraska Cornhuskers Defense

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

When you look back on the Bo Pelini era, there has been one type of offense that has consistently killed the Cornhuskers week in and week out, especially in the last few years. It has been the kryptonite to Pelini’s two gap system.

This weekend, the Nebraska Cornhuskers take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves, who run that spread offense that have killed the blackshirts.

Arkansas State is led by former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, who has his offense clicking early in theseason. The Red Wolves are seventh in the nation averaging 574.5 yard per game.

The Red Wolves are averaging 33.5 points per game so far this season, which seems a little low for how many yards their offense has. Regardless, the blackshirts have their hands full this weekend.

Bo Pelini is ready for the challenge, saying “we need to get better against that offense.”

So how will the Huskers slow down the Red Wolves?

Well, much like last week, the Cornhuskers have to control the line of scrimmage. Though the Huskers did just lose Chase Rome, they should still be able to dominate in the trenches.

The secondary is not going to get it easy either, as the Red Wolves average over 300 passing yards per game. A well balanced offense for sure, as they will present a challenge to the back.

The Huskers rotated through defensive backs last week, and whoever is in the game this week will have to be physical at the line of scrimmage. The biggest challenge in the passing game, however, is the linebacker on the tight end.

UCLA killed the Huskers last week in that matchup, completing a couple of passes, and their other touchdown came on a tight end matched up with a safety.

The Huskers will be presented a challenge, but they should be able to handle the Red Wolves. Bo Pelini has been talking about how this defense has improved from the off-season, but we are yet to see it.

Saturday will be a good measuring stick, especially a week after the Bruins dominated the Huskers offensively.

Paul Troupe is the lead writer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and San Antonio Spurs, while covering many major sports for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter @gamin4HIM