HUSKERS-"OF THEE I CRINGE"?
Nebraska is just a couple of days from playing its first ever Big Ten Conference game. The schedule has the Cornhuskers in a night road game with the Wisconsin Badgers this Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Both teams are 4-0, are ranked in the Top Ten and both are favored to win their respective divisions. If so, that would put the two teams in a rematch for the first ever Big Ten Conference championship game in Indianapolis in December.
The Badgers have destroyed every team in their path, while the Huskers have struggled at times to reach its 4-0 record. The Badgers have defeated UNLV, Oregon State, Northern Illinois and FBS South Dakota while the Huskers have downed University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Fresno State, Washington and Wyoming.
Inconsistent play on the part of the Huskers has Nebraska fans worried. What is somewhat comforting is that despite surrendering a ton of real estate (400 plus yards) to Fresno State and Washington, you don't see any panic in the Husker coaching staff.
A TEA PARTY?
That's because they know what they have. "We're a work in progress," Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said. But patience among Husker fans is about as common as Maxine Waters at a Tea Party rally.
To be sure, maturity isn't something that can be scheduled. It takes time.
I'm reminded of the story of two little kids who were playing outside one day. The little boy says to the little girl, "I want what I want, when I want it." The little girl looks at him with her arms folded and says, "You'll get what I got when I get it."
There is a ton of talent on both sides of the ball for Nebraska this season, but there are some young-ins who have yet to reach their potential as players. When they do, look out. This could be a really good Husker team in November.
The Huskers are getting the Rodney Dangerfield "No respect" treatment in the world of sports. Nebraska is a 9.5 dog to the bad, bad Badgers. College Football "Game Day" will be at Madison. It's the first ever Big Ten Conference game for Nebraska. The Badgers have been licking their chops for this opportunity. It's a night game. Wisconsin is expected to take the Huskers to the woodshed and beat them like a red-headed stepchild.
Does this sound familiar? It should to most Husker fans. If you'll recall, last year in Lincoln, Nebraska was going to teach those nasty Longhorns a lesson about the game of college football. Nebraska was favored. And this wasn't the same Texas team that had played for a national championship the year before. Husker fans were celebrating even before kickoff. It was a done deal. We're going to teach Bevo a lesson, we all thought.
Well, we all know what happened. The Huskers came out tense. The offense dropped 3 TD passes that likely would have won the game for Nebraska while Texas left Memorial Stadium with a 20-13 win.
Am I saying Nebraska will win Saturday night? No, but I expect them to play well. They will be focused and who knows, if Nebraska plays its best game and Wisconsin comes out flat or tight, the "real" Big Red could, as Husker QB Taylor Martinez said this week, "shock the world."
OPERATION GET A TICKET FOR A VET
We are looking for a Husker fan(s) willing to donate 3 tickets to the Iowa-Nebraska football game. Army SGT. Brad Schank, who has served three tours in Iraq, will be coming home to Lincoln for the first time in four years. He has been stationed in Germany since 2003 and hasn't seen a Husker home game since he was in high school. He'd like three tickets to the game which will be played the day after Thanksgiving in Lincoln.
If you would be willing to help this young man realize his dream of going to a Husker home game, please email me at HuskerDan@cox.net. I will let you know where to send the tickets. Remember, these brave men and women of our armed forces don't ask for much. Thanks for your help.
THE HUSKER ELVISES AND MORE
Larry Brew of the Husker Elvises, sent me this picture of him with several of the Wyoming cheerleaders. Larry, I know, it's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it...
THE "HICKOFF CLASSIC" TROPHY
Have you seen the butt ugly "Heroes" trophies Husker fans are supposed to vote for to be given each year to the winner of the Iowa-Nebraska football game? It's like trying to pick your favorite leisure suit. Sigh...
Last week, I asked readers to send me their ideas for a dream conference they'd like to see the Huskers play in. Our first one comes from Bill Harvat of Omaha.
The Upper Middle Side Conference
"My divisions will be broken up by offensive and defensive powers. This way, the best offense will play the best defense at the end of the year," he says.
Defenseapotamous Division ("Might as well make the name terrible from the start.")
Iowa ("Can't wait for my friends in Co. Bluffs to drink a 364 day glass of SHUT UP."
Boise State ("Would be fun to see the Huskers play on Smurf Turf.")
Florida State ("I cannot stand the FSU Seminole chant.")
Notre Dame ("I really, really hate Notre Dame.")
Comment: What a brutal conference! Thirteen teams, eh? Interesting.
Have a "dream" conference you'd like to see the Huskers play in? Send them to me at HuskerDan@cox.net.