Ohio State

The Huskers lost 36-31 to Ohio State in Columbus in 2018. 

LINCOLN — Troy Walters wasn't sure where to start. 

No. 5 Ohio State? They're far and away the best defense the Huskers have faced this year. 

"They probably have five or six first- or second-round (NFL draft) picks on that defense," Walters said. "Overall, they fly around to the ball, they're physical, athletic."

It starts up front for the Buckeyes with defensive lineman Chase Young. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound junior has seven sacks through four games and two forced fumbles. Offensive line coach Greg Austin said you can tell Young's motor runs higher this year than last. 

"He's a special kid," Walters said. "He can rush the passer, he can be disruptive in the run game, so you've gotta make sure that you put bodies on him. You gotta make sure you account for him in the pass protections and know where he's at because he can disrupt the game."

Austin said the key is to get one-on-one matchups on Ohio State's defensive front. 

Nebraska fumbled the ball four times against Illinois. All four were in Nebraska's own territory, too. If that happens against OSU, it'll be a long night, Walters said.  

"The guys have to realize the hopes and dreams of this program is that football," Walters said. 

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Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email: chris.heady@owh.com.

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