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    by Published on 09-15-2013 02:43 PM     Number of Views: 7268 
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    This Just In…
    (U)nderperforming (C)oach (L)oses (A)gain.
    18 point lead evaporates, Huskers squashed 41-21

    Huskers are red, Bruins are blue, our defense is bad, but is our coaching staff too?…

    Well that was a head scratcher. Maybe it’s to be expected these days. I found myself in the middle of the second quarter pinching myself as our Huskers sprinted out to an 18 point lead. Was our team on the verge of a breakout, blowout win against a ranked opponent? Was it Nebraska on the receiving end of the other team’s misfortunes?

    I guess I pinched myself too hard because when I awoke, I found the same defensive meltdowns ...
    by Published on 09-15-2013 09:53 AM
    Sep 14, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive coordinator John Papuchis and head coach Bo Pelini watch their team during the final minutes of the game against the UCLA Bruins in the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. UCLA won 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

    When Bo Pelini did the EPSN car-wash of interviews this summer, he sounded exhausted and unengaged doing Nebraska football's biggest publicity opportunity of the year. My mind went back to December of 2011, where I had thought that Pelini should have hired an elite defensive coordinator to replace his brother ...
    by Published on 09-15-2013 09:51 AM
    Sep 14, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive coordinator John Papuchis and head coach Bo Pelini watch their team during the final minutes of the game against the UCLA Bruins in the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. UCLA won 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

    The jury is clearly still out on whether or not Bo Pelini will become a great college head coach. But I am now starting to get the feeling that the jury will have to continue deliberating while Pelini is at another university. Perhaps we will never know. I have always felt that Bo Pelini's matter-of-fact, business-like demeanor was better suited for the NFL. I believe that Bo ...
    by Published on 09-14-2013 04:44 PM
    UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley (17) runs away from Nebraska Cornhuskers defender Randy Gregory (44) in the third quarter.

    This is hard to say, but it has to be said. Don't buy into the promotional sound bites produced by Bo Pelini and the HuskerVision staff. Right now, Nebraska does not play tough, physical football. In a discouraging 41-21 loss to UCLA Saturday, Nebraska played leaderless football.

    It's puzzling. Nebraska got off to exactly the kind of fast start it indeed to win this game – partly because the Huskers benefited from two lucky breaks. The Big ...
    by Published on 09-13-2013 11:07 PM     Number of Views: 1952 
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    Okay...I'm going to talk about something that will be considered trivial by the vast majority* of my readers. I'll completely understand if you want to read something a little more meaningful like this or this.

    *Of course, the last time I wrote about a niche subject like this, it ended up being one of my most read pieces.

    There is a growing controversy among Nebraska football fans. It started during last week's win over Southern Mississippi and has been growing stronger throughout the week. Lines are being drawn. Names are being called. Generations are being divided.

    What could possibly cause such a rift within the "Greatest Fans ...
    by Published on 09-12-2013 11:22 AM     Number of Views: 4100 
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    In the wake of the 56-13 win over Southern MIss, I'm sensing two different opinions on this Cornhusker team:

    1. The rough edges from the first game have been smoothed out, the defense is getting back on track, and the offense is starting to get hot.

    2. This was a nice win, but reserve all judgment until after the UCLA game.


    What amuses (and frustrates) me is that many of the people who believe #1 were the same folks who thought the sky was falling after Wyoming put a big scare into Nebraska in week 1.

    As for me, I'm closer to #2. I believe Nebraska is not as bad as they looked against Wyoming, but not as good as they looked against Southern Miss. The truth of the team - and how far they can go in 2013 - is still unknown. And I doubt the UCLA game will reveal any conclusive answers.

    Let's face it: the defense still has issues. Big issues. Southern Miss has a slightly below average offense (and that's probably being kind), yet they were able to complete passes to ...
    by Published on 09-10-2013 05:15 PM
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    We all know what happened last year when the Huskers took on UCLA in the Rose Bowl. No, not the New Year's Day version but the one in Pasadena last September. The Huskers lost 36-30, and in the process, surrendered 344 rushing and 309 passing yards for an NU opponent record of 653 yards of total offense.

    And unfortunately Husker fans found out that this was
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    by Published on 09-07-2013 09:57 PM     Number of Views: 464 
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    So Miss(takes) Make Matters Manageable in a Monumental Mismatch

    This week, thankfully, the game went as planned ...
    by Published on 09-07-2013 09:29 PM     Number of Views: 10986 
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    When the Huskers recruited Kenny Bell out of Fairview High in Boulder in 2010, I yawned. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Bell would be the player who brought some much-needed physical and mental toughness to Nebraska football.

    Bell was a skinny kid with an Afro who just might run fast enough to avoid ...
    by Published on 09-05-2013 02:57 PM     Number of Views: 8032 
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    Nebraska Cornhuskers defenders Harvey Jackson (1) and Greg McMullen (90) tackle Wyoming Cowboys running back Shaun Wick (21) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 37-34. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

    Allow me to start with a personal note...

    My family spent a good chunk of August in Florida, as we adopted our third child, a beautiful and healthy girl born on August 22. As we sat and waited for the paperwork allowing us to leave Florida and reenter Nebraska to be processed, it began to look like I would be unable to make it home to watch the Wyoming game in person.

    Marooned in a Tallahassee hotel room without BTN, I put a request out on the HuskerMax message board to see if anybody knew of a Husker bar in the area - or at the very least, a place that would be willing to turn a TV to BTN for a few hours on Saturday night.

    Within a matter of hours, I received an email from a fellow UNL alumnus who provided me with a couple of options for bars that would likely play the game for me. This generous soul (who can identify himself in the comments if he chooses) was going to be out of town for the game, otherwise I would be welcome to join him. He even gave me contact information for one of his buddies so I could watch the game from his man cave.

    As it turned out, I did not need his suggestions. Our approval came Friday morning. Twenty-four hours and 1,200 miles later, we pulled into Lincoln and at 6:30 I was in my seat in north stadium.

    I bring this up not to #humblebrag about my beautiful baby girl or the depths of my desire to not miss a home game, but to show the generosity, loyalty, passion, and sense of community shared by Husker fans. Think about it: a guy who had never met me was willing to invite me into his home, simply ...

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