When your defense sees a lot of three, four, and even five wide receiver sets, it makes sense to play an extra defensive back or two to keep from being picked apart in the passing game due to unfavorable matchups. But what about the running game? In the aftermath of the 62-36 debacle in Boulder in 2001, the NU coaches admitted that they didn't do enough to prepare their team for the power run game. They'd seen so much of the spread offense (including the one they successfully shut down against defending national champion Oklahoma that year) that most of their practice time had been devoted to defending the pass. So could history repeat itself in an unwelcome way if Nebraska gets too focused on matching up against the spread?

Think back to the game against Kansas this year. The box score...

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