All year round, former Husker and NFL veteran Adam Carriker is taking the pulse of Husker Nation. In the "Carriker Chronicles" video series, he breaks down the latest NU news, upcoming opponents, player updates and recruiting information, and he offers his insight into the X's and O's and more.

On Thursday's episode, Adam Carriker discusses the three keys for the Huskers against Indiana, plus gives his prediction for the game.

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Here's a transcript of today's show:

Adam: Welcome to the Carriker Chronicles, the people's show where we check the pulse of Husker nation. Brought to you by Nebraska Spine Hospital. Prediction Thursday is back, and ladies and gentlemen, it has been three years-- now, my twins have been on the show, each and every one of my kids has been on the show and if you follow the show, you watch the show, you know every Thursday I bring on one of my wonderful, beautiful, gorgeous children. But, it has been three years, all right, they're four, they were one the last time I tried to bring them both on at the same time.

Are we going to have fun today?

Dakota and DesireeYeah!

Adam: Are you girls going to behave?

Dakota and Desiree: Yeah!

Adam: Are you going to be better than last time? Because, there's a reason it was three years. That was a rough day. We started the show with two twins and ended with one, and that one wasn't happy. All right. 

Can you say go Big Red?

Dakota and DesireeGo Big Red! 

Adam: Can you throw the bones? Should we talk some Nebraska football?

Dakota and DesireeYeah!

Adam: I like it. All right. Here are my three keys to the game, my prediction and son Jacob's prediction. Seven games in, and he's beating me 4-3. So, I gotta catch up here. All right.

The number one most important key to Nebraska winning this game versus Indiana and having success the rest of the season, and you can really stop at number one, by far the most important thing is mental toughness.

When I interviewed JoJo Domann on Wednesday, go back and check out that interview, it was really good if you missed it, he talked about mental toughness. He talked about guys buying in, and everyone being on the same page and practicing harder. He talked about that point blank bluntly, I thought it was great. That's leadership right there from JoJo Domann. 

They've gotta be mentally tough because they got physically pushed around by a Minnesota team that is good, but not as physically talented as Nebraska. So, what's the difference? That six inches ladies and gentlemen, that I'll talk about, between your ears.

Number one, first and foremost, we could stop there. Not only for this game, but for the rest of the season, but we shall progress to number two: Adrian Martinez.

All right. From what I understand, he's gonna play. He's had a bye week, he had another week off to recover from injury. The preseason hype, I don't wanna say it was unreal because it was legit based on what he did last year, but it's time for him to gather himself and step up. But, he needs some help from our number three key. 

Listen to my Tuesday show. The number one area the Huskers need to improve on this season, the rest of the season, is in the trenches, the offensive line and defensive line. Adrian Martinez, if he can get some help from that offensive line it will severely help him. So, my third key and I'm going to go back to my Tuesday show because it is that real, that true, and what needs to happen is the trenches.

For Adrian Martinez and the offense, it's the offensive line. For the defense, it's that defensive line, which has a bunch of big guys, which has a bunch of experience, the trenches ladies and gentlemen. I'm coming into this game, Indiana is 5-2, their two losses are not bad losses, Ohio State and at-- on the road versus Michigan State. Now, their five wins are relatively unimpressive. What they are to me is they're unproven. I don't really know what to expect from them.

Now, if you look at some of the biggest odds makers, Indiana is favored by one. If you look at some of them, Nebraska is favored by one. For the Huskers, in my opinion, it's now or never. All right, you're fresh off a bye, you've got Indiana at home. All right, if you're gonna rebound and make something of this season, it's now or never.

Now, my prediction, all right, I predict it's going to come down to late in the fourth quarter. The Huskers' offense is going to have the ball, we're not going to kick the field goal, Scott Frost is going to go for it on fourth down and we're going to win 28-27.

Now, even though I won our prediction two weeks ago the last time the Huskers had a game, I'm not going to try to hold these belts from the twins. So, here you go girls. Can you hold that big belt up there, Dakota? This is Dakota and this is Desiree. All right, and they're gonna hold up the belts.

Now, Jacob​'s prediction, and he's beating me 4-3 so far through seven games, is 28-27 Indiana.

All right, Dez-ee, you like gymnastics?

Desiree: Yeah!

Adam: She loves gymnastics. What's your favorite sport?

Desiree: Hockey.

Adam: Do you like football too? 

Desiree: Mhm.

Adam: Do you like football too?

Dakota: No!

Adam: Honest answers. All right, until next time Husker nation, go Big Red and always remember... 

Everyone: ​To throw the bones!

Adam: ​Can you throw the bones too? Awesome, good girl.

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Adam Carriker is a Husker Hall of Famer and NFL veteran. The former Blackshirt and Hastings native was NU's 2004 lifter of the year and in 2005 was NU's defensive MVP and a first-team All-Big 12 pick. He was a first-round pick in the 2007 NFL draft.

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