|Team Nebraska (LJ photo)|
Which brings me to my point, as the Huskers travel to Seattle and Husky Stadium, they will need strong team unity to overcome the handicap created by the roaring crowd noise. Former Husker Matt Hoskinson was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald today describing the Husky Stadium noise like this, "I know it's an old cliche to say you can't hear yourself think, but it was mind-numbingly loud." Husky Stadium helped claim victory over good USC and California teams last year, and without care, it could claim Huskers this year.
Again, team unity will be key. Will the team be able to unite and rally if they are down late in the game and need to score? Will Cody Green and Zac Lee provide positive feedback to Taylor Martinez if he becomes flustered? Will Niles Paul fumble? And if he does, can the team overcome it? There has not been any outward discontent disclosed from this team so far this year, but I have to believe some bonds have been weakened with all the secrecy involved with the depth chart and players seeking positions only to be set at second string. Most players can overcome the disappointment of not starting and still contribute, but if there is a perception that someone isn't happy in their role, it can be a parasite to a team. Nebraska must unite, and become a complete team, if they expect to remain undefeated after their trip to Washington.
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