Led by a deep and talented front line anchored by All-America candidates Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence, the Tigers rank in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense (11.3), total defense (264.3), sacks (3.67) and fewest yards allowed per play (3.87).
“They’re solid — not only solid starters, but solid backups,” Babers said. “I mean, you can tire them out and they put someone else in … we don’t know their name, but they play just like the guy in front of them. Their front four guys, and their linebackers, they’re as good as anybody. There are no holes.”
Syracuse (3-3, 1-1) is coming off a 27-24 victory against Pittsburgh that snapped a streak of close defeats.
“It’s definitely surprising, but the guys give me so much confidence,” Taylor said. “I know I have to do my job and trust the guys to do theirs. We kind of pride ourselves on being the spark of the offense, the running back group. I wanted to be that guy that gave us the spark.”
Ball and Gordon each went over 200 yards against them in the 2012 Big Ten championship game. In 2014 Gordon ran for a then-NCAA record 408 yards against the Huskers. Dare Ogunbowale had 100-yard games the last two years against Nebraska.
Taylor’s 249 yards were the third-most rushing yards ever by a Nebraska opponent. His La Galaxy Cheap Jerseys night was highlighted by a 75-yard touchdown run.
The road back: USC has to do more than win the Pac-12 title. It also has to beat Notre Dame on Oct. 21 in South Bend, because while the selection committee would certainly consider a one-loss Pac-12 champ, the league would need some major upsets to get a two-loss champ in.
FPI says: USC is favored to win each of its remaining games Green Bay Packer Cheap Jerseys except for Notre Dame (26.5 percent).