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    by Published on 10-05-2014 12:59 AM  Number of Views: 11489 
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    Nebraska's 27-22 loss at Michigan State Saturday night revealed a few things. We found out that despite having Ameer Abdullah and Randy Gregory, possibly the two best players in the Big Ten, Nebraska is not a playoff threat. The Huskers have too much immaturity at quarterback ...
    by Published on 10-03-2014 11:06 AM  Number of Views: 5587 
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    Author's note: A lot of you are about to read will make reference to the uniforms Nebraska wore against Illinois. While I was not a fan of this version going in, these things impacted my game experience like nothing else in the 30+ years I've been a fan. I was not able to view the game the way I'm used to watching it, which makes it very tough for me to write about the way I'm used to doing it. Know that going in...

    I'm not going to pull any punches: I absolutely hated the alternative uniforms Nebraska wore against Illinois. H -A - T - E, hate.

    I can deal with an all red get-up. I can deal with a two tone helmet (even if it may have a hidden message inside it). I can deal with Nebraska being adidas's guinea pigs for new innovation and design. I understand why Nebraska does the alternate uniform thing, the benefits it supposedly brings, etc. Yes, I have not been a fan of any of the three alts NU has worn to date (2012, 2013, 2014), but when NU wears them I put on my big boy pants and deal with it, because at the end of the day it doesn't impact me directly.

    But on Saturday night, the "Red Rising" uniforms impacted me directly.

    The black lettering on the back of the red jersey made it impossible to read the names on the jerseys. The shiny, almost reflective numbers and a very closed font made it extremely difficult to know who was who. That is a big problem for me.

    I go to games to see the things TV doesn't show me. I want to watch the linemen, I want to see plays develop and receivers coming open, I want to see the defense react to the ball. Most importantly, when the play is done I want be ...
    by Published on 10-01-2014 05:43 PM  Number of Views: 5874 
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    Opportunity
    "An amount of time for a situation in which something can be done; a favorable juncture of circumstances; a good chance for advancement or progress."
    -- Merriam Webster's dictionary


    A "DEFINING" GAME?
    Well, there you have it. A perfect description of Saturday night's showdown with the #10 ranked Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing, Michigan.

    I've heard from a number of Husker fans (and you know who you are) who are almost willing to concede the game.

    "If we lose to Michigan State, no big deal. We
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    by Published on 09-29-2014 03:17 PM  Number of Views: 8979 
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    Nov 16, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Michigan State Spartans defender Taybor Pepper (52) recovers the fumble by Nebraska Cornhuskers punt returner Jordan Westerkamp (1) in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Michigan State won 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

    This coming Saturday, #19 Nebraska (5-0) goes on the road to East Lansing to take on #10 Michigan State (3-1), the perceived favorites in the Big Ten conference. A win against the Spartans would give the Huskers control of their own destiny in the Big Ten West, with a game in mid-November at Wisconsin looming large. The showdown has been given a primetime billing and will be seen on ABC (8pm EST). This game gives Nebraska the chance to serve notice nationally as the premier ...
    by Published on 09-28-2014 07:58 PM  Number of Views: 4598 
    Sep 27, 2014; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) throws against Illinois Fighting Illni in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 45-14. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

    During the first quarter of last night's homecoming game, it seemed the Huskers might have been peeking ahead towards next weekend's showdown with Michigan State. After the manhandling of the Fighting Illini last year in Lincoln, many fans were probably looking ahead to the Spartans game as well. After the opening drive by Illinois resulted in an easy touchdown, you could almost hear the ears perk up in Memorial Stadium.

    Luckily the fast start ...
    by Published on 09-28-2014 09:20 AM     Number of Views: 1523 
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    The Club from Champaign has their Cork popped as the Cornhuskers Cruise in Conference Opener

    It was hard to ...
    by Published on 09-28-2014 06:59 AM  Number of Views: 8356 
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    Nebraska is the last unbeaten team in the Big Ten this season and really hasn't quite hit its stride yet.

    I like the spot Nebraska football is in right now, and I've got to think Bo Pelini does, too.

    Pelini has this team farther along than I thought ...
    by Published on 09-26-2014 12:12 AM  Number of Views: 4738 
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    Turn on a fan, because I have more Husker Hot Takes:

    The Boyd is Back in Town.
    Pioneering Strength & Conditioning coach Boyd Epley has returned to the Nebraska athletic department as the Assistant Athletic Director for Strength and Conditioning. The reaction I saw was all very positive. Of course, Husker fans have a strong affinity for bringing back people that they associate with the pre-Callahan glory years. Epley certainly fits the bill.

    Frankly, I'm not real sure what to make of this. On one hand, I certainly know and appreciate the many innovations Epley is responsible for, as well as the physical advantages the Huskers had over most of their opponents during his 35 year tenure. Yet, I also heard rumblings from many outlets about a drop-off towards the end of his first run in 2004. Additionally, the rash of athletic pubalgia injuries in that time was concerning. I guess I'm in wait and see mode on what Epley's day-to-day role will be - and how it will translate to results on the field and court.

    The important caveat in this hire is that Epley will oversee all sports - except football. This has the detractors of current S&C coach Tim Dobson (who apparently is responsible for every ACL injury in Lancaster County since 2010) plotting ...
    by Published on 09-22-2014 11:53 PM  Number of Views: 9445 
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    Throughout the game on Saturday night, I kept thinking how much fun I was having. Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed going to every one of the Husker games I've attended over the years. But this was different. I've been trying to put my finger on why.

    Yes, the late kickoff (and some pregame beverages) didn't hurt. Certainly, the opponent was a big part. Miami. The dreaded Hurricanes. The team that ruined more New Year's Days than any other program. After years of having to play the biggest game of the season in their stadium, they were finally coming north. (Seriously, I'm still bummed it didn't snow - or at least get below 50 degrees). And we beat them. Decidedly.

    Yet, there's more to it than just the win. More than Nebraska going to 4-0 and emerging as one of the better teams in the conference. It was how they won. With four quarters of no-nonsense power football, featuring an amazing player doing amazing things. It was a throwback to the glory days, which was fitting as the 1994 team - the team the finally broke through and did the impossible - was there to watch it.

    And that is what made the night special.

    It was Bo Pelini being as stoic as he possibly can. It was John Garrison channeling the offensive line success of his former coach. It was diminutive Josh Mitchell breaking the game open like another undersized play maker, Baron Miles. It was a quarterback named Tommy making excellent decisions in the option game. It was Ameer Abdullah cementing his ...
    by Published on 09-22-2014 07:33 PM  Number of Views: 5458 
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    It was fitting and proper that on Saturday's ticket to the Miami game there was an embossed picture of #8, Ameer Abdullah, on it. He is one of the nation's top collegiate running backs and Saturday night, he broke the career all-purpose yardage record at Nebraska with 313 all-purpose yards. And sadly for Husker fans, they have only four more home games to see him in person before he leaves for the much greener pastures of the NFL.

    Since 2011, Ameer has gradually become the Huskers' go-to guy. You say you need a first down
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