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Will Manso predicts Nebraska-Miami game

Huskers, 'Canes meeting for 12th time in series history

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MIAMI – Now the season really begins for the University of Miami.  With apologies to Bethune-Cookman and FAU, the cupcakes are over.

Saturday's home game vs Nebraska begins a brutal stretch of the schedule for UM that will quickly determine how good this team can really be.

While these aren't the Cornhuskers of old, they're still a challenge for a team trying to figure out it's defensive identity. 

The Canes will tell you this is a much different defense, but we started to see some things in the FAU game that would make anyone think otherwise.

The old grind it out days of Nebraska football are over, but the Cornhuskers still have the ability to run and mix it up with the pass, as well.  Make no mistake about it, they have size and they have talent.

What they also have is a new head coach and system with Mike Riley now in charge.  I really think this is a benefit for the Canes.  It's not because Riley's system is that bad.  Instead, it's because the players are still getting used to it.

That plays into the hands of a Miami team, in particular on offense, that has some comfort in the system and coaching. 

While the defense is still a major cause for concern, I think Brad Kaaya and Joe Yearby do enough to put up some points to negate any defensive deficiencies. 

I expect a shoot-out and I expect a tight UM win in front of the home crowd.

Prediction:

Nebraska- 28

Miami- 31

(Season prediction record: 2-0)