Colorado at Nebraska
By Mike Mitchell
This is the 11th straight season that Colorado and Nebraska have played each other on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Lately, it's been a feast for the visiting team. Colorado has won the last two meetings in Lincoln, and Nebraska has taken the last two games in Boulder.
The Buffaloes enter the contest with a 2-9 record, but have won two of their last five games. Conference wins over Iowa State and Texas Tech were made possible in large part to a defense that has held six opponents to 20 points or less. Still, Colorado ranks near the bottom in pass defense.
Offensively, QB Bernard Jackson and RB Hugh Charles lead a rushing attack that has amassed over 2,200 yards and ranks 22nd nationally. Jackson has scored 7 of the teams' 11 rushing touchdowns, but as a passer, Jackson is just under 50 percent in completions and has thrown 7 INT's against 6 TD's.
Nebraska, which has already clinched a spot in the Big 12 Championship game, is 8-3 over-all, 5-2 in the conference. The Cornhuskers have won six straight games against Big 12 North Division opponents.
Nebraska ranks 17th in the nation in rushing offense with a backfield that operates by committee. Four different backs have over 330 yards rushing and three backs have scored at least six touchdowns.
They also spread the ball around through the air with seven different receivers accounting for at least 235 yards. Nine players have caught at least 12 passes for a unit that ranks 20th in passing offense.
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