Nebraska’s offensive line could be the biggest reason why No. 4 Ohio State wins: ‘It’s just an incredible group of athletes’

Nebraska’s offensive line could be the biggest reason why No. 4 Ohio State wins: ‘It’s just an incredible group of athletes’

The recruiting process for Nebraska’s 2017 recruiting class has been a major focus of the Cornhuskers since its signing class was released last week.

The team’s first-team offensive line has produced three first-round prospects in Jake Locker, Travis Trice, and Jake Stone, and the second-team unit has two first-rounder, Connor Hamner, and two second-rounders, David Perkins and Jack Allen.

The Nebraska offensive line was the first class to rank in the top-10 in both scoring efficiency and rushing efficiency in both 2017 and 2018.

The Cornhusker offense has been so efficient and balanced that it is easy to see why coach Bo Pelini is going to rely on it in the first two games of the 2017 season.

“We’re going to be a team that’s going to put a lot of pressure on our opponent,” Pelini said of Nebraska’s offense, per the Omaha World-Herald.

“They’re going be going to have to do a lot more than just throw the ball and hope for the best.

They have to be smart.

They’re going have to understand what we’re doing.

I think the offensive line, for me, is the biggest thing.”

Nebraska’s first two opponents will be ranked in the Top 25 in both rushing and scoring efficiency.

The Huskers will open their season with the No. 6 Missouri Tigers on Saturday night in the Big Ten Championship Game at Lincoln Financial Field.

Nebraska will then play No. 9 Penn State on Saturday afternoon in the Capital One Bowl.

Nebraska plays both the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Wisconsin Badgers in the BCS National Championship Game on January 5.

Nebraska opens the season against the Wisconsin Big Ten Champions on January 8 at the Kohl Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Omaha World Herald also reported Nebraska’s quarterback situation on Friday night, saying that senior Trevone Boykin will be returning to the program.

Boykin is the first player in Nebraska history to start at quarterback and has completed 71.4 percent of his passes in his first four games as the Huskers’ starter.

Nebraska is also expected to add to the offensive talent that will be on hand at Nebraska Stadium in 2017.

The 2016 Nebraska football team finished the season ranked sixth in the nation in rushing and fifth in total offense, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.