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    by Published on 11-18-2014 03:32 PM  Number of Views: 8279 

    There is an idiom that dates back to the time of the ancient Romans. It is called "crossing the Rubicon" and it means the die has been cast or that someone or something has gone past the point of no return.

    For Frank Solich it was the 38-9 home loss to Kansas State in 2003. For Bill Callahan, it was the embarrassing 45-14 home loss to Oklahoma State in 2007. Both head coaches were fired not long after those games.

    And for Bo Pelini? Was Saturday's 59-24 Husker loss to Wisconsin his moment?

    by Published on 11-12-2014 04:24 PM  Number of Views: 3537 
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    When Tuesday's College Football Playoff rankings came out, Husker fans saw their team tumble three spots to #16. And that happened despite the Huskers having a bye week.

    To make matters worse, there are seven two-loss teams currently ranked ahead of 8-1 Nebraska (LSU, Ole Miss, UCLA, Michigan State, Kansas State, Arizona and Georgia).

    How does
    by Published on 10-28-2014 01:34 PM  Number of Views: 2993 

    Love 'em or hate 'em, this year's Husker football team is never dull. Just when you think Nebraska has turned the corner on miccues, untimely penalties and unforced turnovers, they come up with another partial stinker Saturday. NU had four fumbles, lost one and Tommy Armstrong had another interception that looked like it was a designed play.

    And yet on an incredibly gorgeous fall afternoon, NU walked away with an 18-point, 42-24 win. Not bad. But NU could have won by much more had they just kept out of their
    by Published on 10-21-2014 12:48 PM  Number of Views: 3647 

    So much for Nebraska's inability to make second-half adjustments.
    So much for Tim Beck's inability to call a good game.
    So much for the Huskers not being able to play a game without a turnover. (Okay, so a little luck didn't hurt.)
    So much for the Huskers not being able to win the turnover battle.
    So much for the Huskers beating themselves (the first half not withstanding).
    So much for Tommy Armstrong not being able to perform well. ...
    by Published on 10-14-2014 02:29 PM  Number of Views: 4386 
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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 10-08-2014 03:28 PM     Number of Views: 6052 
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    In the aftermath of the Huskers' implausible near comeback Saturday night at East Lansing, Michigan, we hear that apparently those wascally wicked Spartans used a bit of chicanery to help achieve the victory.

    What's that, you ask? What did Sparty do that was so underhanded? Well, according to NU head coach Bo Pelini, MSU defensive players attempted to confuse the Husker center, Mark Pelini (coach's nephew), into thinking the snap count was coming sooner than he thought.

    (For the past few years, the Huskers have used hand claps to let the center know when to hike ...
    by Published on 10-01-2014 05:43 PM  Number of Views: 5654 
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    "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

    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
    by Published on 09-22-2014 07:33 PM  Number of Views: 5233 
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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
    by Published on 09-18-2014 03:50 PM  Number of Views: 3299 
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    As if physicality wasn't bad enough, Saturday night's TV colorman described the potent Husker offense as having "explosivity." Maybe I missed something, but the last time I checked, the word explosiveness was still in the dictionary.

    Oh yes, and what about the repeated references to MAC-neeze State (last week's Husker opponent)? It's Mic-NEESE State. I know, picky, picky.

    I won't devote much time to last Saturday's "Sauna Bowl" at Fresno State. With a kickoff temps flirting with 100 degrees, it's a wonder there were any players who were able to actually finish
    by Published on 09-08-2014 04:36 PM  Number of Views: 4348 

    Maybe it was the pep talk Larry The Cable Guy gave to the McNeese State team before Saturday's game with the Cowboys that inspired them. (Yes, he actually did that.)

    This was supposed to have been a game you were going to give your tickets to your kids, grandkids or perhaps to the neighbor whose lawn mower you ruined this summer.

    You weren't actually going to watch the game live. Nah. It was a game you were going to DVR while you played golf that afternoon. Or maybe you were going to score some points with the missus by cleaning out the garage.

    No. You'd just be happy as a roll of toilet paper at a chili-eating contest just to get updates on your smart phone and ...