Key Individual Matchup
Texas at Nebraska
By Scouts Inc.
Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez vs.
Texas S Blake Gideon
Martinez has an impressive combination of patience, vision and an explosiveness as a runner while Gideon has shown vast improvement as a run defender this year. The two will end up in some one-one-one situations and Gideon must take proper angles and be in sound position, because if he is tied up by blockers or knocked off-course filling downhill it could be lights-out. Martinez is one of the best second-level runners in the nation in terms of utilizing blockers and has the top-end speed to take it the distance should Gideon falter. On the flip side, Martinez must keep an eye on Gideon when dropping back. Gideon is often aligned at the point, where he can use his above-average instincts to make a quick break on the ball and Martinez cannot telegraph or be late with throws down the middle of the field because Gideon can capitalize on those opportunities.