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    by Published on 10-19-2014 06:26 PM  Number of Views: 6133 
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    In the previous three games between the Cornhuskers and Wildcats, the average margin of victory had been just 2.3 points. For the first half of Saturday's contest, it seemed we were in for much of the same. Nebraska blew several opportunities to take advantage of great starting field position and Northwestern took momentum and a 17-14 lead into halftime. After a sluggish, sloppy first half offensively, Nebraska came out after intermission and played well. The defense ...
    by Published on 10-19-2014 12:52 AM  Number of Views: 8035 
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    No last-second heroics on this night. No unlikely bounces, no unforgettable moments. Much more importantly, there was a vintage Nebraska running game at crunch time.

    Yes, there were signs of life in the Nebraska running game that was lackluster early on as a big crowd of Husker
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    by Published on 10-18-2014 11:21 PM  Number of Views: 5824 
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    For a team and a fanbase that can be as biopolar as Nebraska, it seems their games would be split into two distinct emotional states, as was the case Saturday night in Evanston. For three quarters, it was just like any of the last three Nebraska-Northwestern games: bitter rivals trading ...
    by Published on 10-17-2014 01:33 AM  Number of Views: 9457 
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    The Pelini Administration has never found a soft landing on this op-ed page and likely wonít anytime soon, but if the MSU game proved one thing to me, itís that Bo staying employed at NU is an even safer bet than getting playing time when your last name is Cotton.

    And no, itís not because Boís got this whole coaching thing figured out ...
    by Published on 10-14-2014 02:29 PM  Number of Views: 3371 
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    The preseason Husker forecast I did in August so far has been right on the mark. (Picking the Huskers to be 5-1 at the half way point with the loss coming at the hands of Michigan State wasn't exactly rocket science, but then again, just remember McNeese State.)

    But for the remainder of the Huskers' season, the crystal ball gets a bit cloudier. What looked like a second half with a few suspect opponents, all of a sudden has turned into a much more difficult schedule.

    Before getting in to my pix for the second half of the Husker football season, here are some caveats for the Huskers' success the rest of the fall.

    1.) Tommy Armstrong
    It's no secret that ...
    by Published on 10-13-2014 11:04 AM  Number of Views: 5685 
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    First of all, my apologies for the delayed (or non-existent) Quick Reacts over the past couple games. Unfortunately, I have a day job that swamped me over the past month. With the end of night games after Northwestern, expect my recaps promptly.

    With half a season gone by, Nebraska is 5-1, same ...
    by Published on 10-12-2014 01:59 PM  Number of Views: 5672 
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    The big question surrounding Nebraska football heading into 2014 was this: will the Cornhuskers continue their six-year plateau as a four-loss team, hovering near the bottom of the Top 25?

    I think they can show significant improvement by January and beyond, but it hinges on their ability to recapture the Nebraska brand Ė the Blackshirts returning to dominance while the offense ...
    by Published on 10-11-2014 09:22 PM  Number of Views: 4753 
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    Nebraska is coming off of a disappointing loss in East Lansing. A humbling experience that is worthy of some self-evaluation by coaches and players alike. While there was plenty to be upset about, there were also some positives the Huskers can take from this game and use as a learning experience going forward. Like most teams, Nebraska's coaches wisely used the bye week to hit the recruiting trail. Several coaches were busy touching bases with key commitments while also keeping the heat on some of ...
    by Published on 10-09-2014 11:40 PM     Number of Views: 4364 
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    At halftime, I was not feeling all that confident about Nebraska's chances for a comeback. NU was down 17-0, had wasted several scoring opportunities, and was doing very little on offense.

    Then ABC showed a stat that gave me an odd sense of hope: The last time Nebraska was shut out in the first half was the 2009 game at Missouri.

    The similarities, both on the field and personal - were striking.

    As you may recall, that '09 Mizzou game was a night game, on the road, and the weather was a factor (an obvious understatement, but stay with me). Nebraska looked helpless on offense and it appeared to be a matter of time before a strong defense collapsed.

    Ditto on Saturday. A road night game, played in a chilly, windy rain. The defense had made given up some big plays, but they were doing their best to keep Nebraska in the game. The offense had no answers for Michigan State's defense.

    But the biggest similarities were personal. I watched that 2009 game from a hotel room outside Tampa, Florida with my wife and then 11 month old daughter sleeping next to me. It was so surreal to experience an exciting comeback victory knowing that if made any noise I would have a crying baby and a crabby wife.

    I watched the Michigan State game from a hotel room in Kearney with my two youngest children (2 ...
    by Published on 10-08-2014 08:35 PM  Number of Views: 3453 
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    Rickey Preston of Hahnville High School in Boutte, Louisiana, is rated as a three-star prospect by the major recruiting sites. Along with current commit Nekyle Lundie, who could also play safety for the Huskers, Nebraska would like to add another couple receivers to this class. Coaches would like to add a big-bodied type and someone who is more of a speed guy that could work out of the slot and perhaps contribute on special teams as well. Preston fills the criteria for the latter.

    Nebraska has been trying to get into places like Louisiana and Georgia a lot more over the past few classes and they have identified Preston as one of the better receivers in the Pelican State.
    I had the opportunity to interview Rickey in an attempt to gain some insight into his recruiting experience. The following is a transcript from that:
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