Nebraska will bring its physical style to Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday. The Huskers lead the Big 12 in rushing with 302.17 rushing yards per game.
"As a middle linebacker, you love when somebody comes in and tries to run every play," senior Orie Lemon said. "I love hitting, and that brings motivation for me."
Running backs Roy Helu Jr. and Rex Burkhead combine to average 142.33 yards per game, and both players average at least 6.4 yards per carry.
"We have to know our assignments and get the job done," Lemon said of stopping the Huskers rushing attack. "We know Coach Young is going to put us in the right situations."
Despite two talented tailbacks, quarterback Taylor Martinez is the Huskers most explosive threat, averaging 9.36 yards per carry and 126.33 yards per game.
"We know Martinez is a fast guy," Lemon said. "So we'll have to wrap him up and everybody run to the ball."
OSU's defense has been superb on opening drives this season. The Cowboys haven't allowed a scoring drive on an opponent's first possession of the first or second half this season.
OSU has forced four three-and-outs, one fumble and one interception in six game-opening drives this season. The Pokes have forced four punts, one interception and one fumble on six second-half opening possessions.
Blackmon, Bailey named midseason All-Americans by SI
Receiver Justin Blackmon and kicker Dan Bailey are members of SI.com's midseason All-American team, which was released on Wednesday.
Blackmon is the NCAA leader in scoring (13 touchdowns), receiving yards per game (159.2) and touchdown receptions (12). He has 57 receptions for 955 yards this season.
Bailey is perfect this season hitting 13 of 13 field goals and 36 of 36 extra points. He nailed four field goals against Louisiana-Lafayette, including two 52-yarders.
Guard Lane Taylor and running back Kendall Hunter earned second-team All-American honors.
Hunter named finalist for Lowe's Senior CLASS award
Running back Kendall Hunter was named a national finalist for Lowe's senior CLASS award on Wednesday. The award is given to a senior who has shown excellence in the community, classroom, character and competition.
Off the field, Hunter excels in the classroom as a two-time recipient of the OSU Academic Achievement award and is a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. He has also visited Oklahoma City and Tulsa-area hospitals and has been a guest speaker at high schools in Oklahoma and Texas.
On the field, the Tyler, Texas, native leads the Big 12 with 138.33 rushing yards per game, which ranks him No. 5 nationally. He has 135 carries for 830 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.