Do you think this defensive line is as good as we have had since Ndamukong Suh?
SK: In terms of talent, yes, I do. Both Vincent Valentine and Maliek Collins are NFL talents inside and on the edge, and obviously Randy Gregory and Greg McMullen are. If they all stay healthy, you'll see them on Sundays. In terms of depth, no. This is not a deep bunch. They must stay healthy.
Why has the offensive line struggled in the run game these past two weeks?
SK: Let's be clear: Nebraska has played three defenses so far that figured their only chance of winning was to pack the box, blitz and hope Tom my Armstrong did n't hit big passes. In three games, only McNeese State rolled a hard eight, if you will. But it's not a sound defensive strategy, and good teams won't do that. I think Nebraska's offense knows that to some extent, and, as a result, is unsure of itself in the run game. I think that'll change this week. Miami will try to play "straight up" with its front 7, and I think Nebraska's offensive line will be more on track with that. All that said, I think Nebraska's line needs to make sure it blocks everyone.
Is it safe to say we really don't know how good Nebraska is after three weeks? FAU and Fresno State aren't very good and McNeese State is an FCS school. SK: I'm comfortable writing McNeese State is the best of those three teams right now. So, yes, it's hard to say how good the Huskers are.
Miami has struggled on the road against ranked teams over the past several years. Safe to say that the first quarter could be huge, as I doubt Miami wants to be down two touchdowns andrely on a freshman QB and an inexperienced line to make a comeback?
SK: Yes. Miami is the kind of team that's great when they have way more talent than everybody else. When they have the same amount — which is the case Saturday night — you can out-execute them and rattle their players. Miami is a program that still sort of goes with the "U" attitude, but needs great talent to offset the knuckleheadedness that goes with that.
Do you think the Big Ten is as bad as it seems now? They have been competitive in most cases but seem to just come up short at the end.
SK: Yes, it's struggling. No doubt it's struggling. When only seven of the 14 schools appear to really get the commitment it takes to win in college football, and one of those seven — Iowa — is stuck in 1987, it's pretty hard to be great. In the SEC, 12 of the 14 programs put college football No.
1, and Kentucky, one of the two that doesn't, is outrecruiting most of the Big Ten. That's a concern. A big concern. The top of the Big Ten has to decide how much it wants to be pushed by the bottom. Go look at the SEC in the 1980s, when half the teams were jokes. How good was the top? Not very.
How does Nebraska keep Miami running back Duke Johnson in check Saturday night?
SK: Tackle well. Duke will bounce plays to the edge, and when he does, he's a lot like Ameer Abdullah. He's not as tough as Ameer, but he has a lot of the same moves, good speed, etc. So when he gets loose, watch out. There had better be some gang-tackling.
Do you think Nebraska is the leader in the West Division right now?
SK: Based on what I've seen, yes, Nebraska is currently my leader in the Big Ten West. Iowa's offense just isn't good enough.