1. Stopping the Nebraska run game. Wyoming’s rush defense was one of the worst in college football last season, and if the Cowboys can’t stop the dual attack of Taylor Martinez and Ameer Abdullah, it will be a long night.
2. Neutralizing the Memorial Stadium crowd. Nebraska touts one of the best home-field advantages in the country, and it will be even louder than usual after the east side of Memorial Stadium underwent renovations and added seats this offseason. Wyoming will have to score early and attempt to silence that crowd.
3. Establishing the run. If the Huskers have a weakness, it’s in their defensive front seven, as they prepare to break in a bunch of fresh faces on the defensive line and linebacking corps. If Brandon Miller, Shaun Wick and Omar Stover can have success running the ball, that’ll take pressure off the passing game.
4. Winning the turnover battle. Wyoming can’t afford to give the ball away in a hostile environment on the road. The Huskers will be bigger and more athletic, so the Cowboys will have to play a fundamentally sound game -- including winning the turnover battle -- to have a chance for the upset.
5. Putting pressure on Taylor Martinez. The Wyoming defense came up with only 14 total sacks in the 2012 season. If he has time to operate, Martinez will dissect the Wyoming defense with his arm and feet. The Pokes hope the 3-4 scheme and multiple blitz looks will help them make Martinez uncomfortable.