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    by Published on 11-12-2014 04:24 PM  Number of Views: 3982 
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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 11-11-2014 06:34 PM  Number of Views: 6096 
    7646558: Jan 1, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) fakes a handoff to running back Ameer Abdullah (8) in the third quarter of their game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field. The Nebraska Cornhuskers beat the Georgia Bulldogs 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

    This coming Saturday, Bo Pelini and Nebraska have another opportunity to show that Husker football is ready to be relevant nationally again. The 16th-ranked Huskers (8-1, 4-1 in conf.) hit the road to face #20 Wisconsin(7-2, 4-1 in conf.). Not only will the Huskers and Badgers be playing for control of the West Division when the two schools meet at Camp Randall Stadium (2:30 pm - ABC), the Freedom Trophy will be on the line for the first time. The trophy has been designed to honor the nation's veterans. With the ...
    by Published on 11-10-2014 12:05 PM  Number of Views: 4991 
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    Nebraska and Wisconsin unveiled the "Freedom Trophy" that both teams will play for on Saturday. The bronze trophy has a football stadium (half of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium, and half of Wisconsin's Camp Randall) with a giant American flag blowing above it. It is breathtaking in its generic beauty, forced patriotism, and lack of meaningful connection to the two schools.

    But the current Freedom Trophy was not the only design considered by the Big Ten's Nondescript Trophy Committee. They also considered several other freedom-inspired trophies including:

    • A 40 pound bronze bust of Husker freshman tight end Freedom Akinmoladun.

    • Free tuition awarded to any Wisconsin or Nebraska student who can correctly spell "Akinmoladun".

    • A slightly used cassette tape of George Michael's "Freedom '90" from Barry Alvarez's glove box.

    • A bald eagle wearing ...
    by Published on 11-09-2014 11:22 PM   
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    We return to the question of the hour: Is this the year Nebraska stops hovering as a four-loss team near the bottom of the Top 25? Can the Big Red break out?

    A lot of observers, relying on the eye test, say no. I have become skeptical, acknowledging the difficulty Nebraska has putting together four quarters ...
    by Published on 11-08-2014 10:46 AM  Number of Views: 12540 
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    When Tom Osborne hired Bo Pelini on December 2, 2007, to replace Bill Callahan, Husker fans were rejuvenated. While some fans had hoped Osborne would hire Turner Gill, a former star quarterback and longtime assistant at Nebraska, generally speaking, Big Red fans were enthused about Pelini. After all, it was a job many fans thought he should have been given four years earlier. Pelini was interim coach after Frank Solich was fired following the 2003 regular season and went on to coach the Huskers to a 17-3 Alamo Bowl victory over Michigan State. As he walked off the field in San Antonio, Husker fans chanted "We want Bo!"

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    Rewind back to when Frank Solich hired Pelini as defensive coordinator in December of 2002. It was based in large part off the strong recommendation from Pete Carroll through inquires by Monte Kiffin. A pair of coaching legends. Defensively, you can't get a much better endorsement than one from those two individuals. Solich hired Pelini over fellow finalist Jon Tenuta and ...
    by Published on 11-07-2014 04:21 PM  Number of Views: 2893 
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    Even though I got tired of starting all my Nebraska basketball posts with “for the first time since 1998” last year, I'm grateful Nebrasketball is good enough to be worthy of discussion at the start of the season in November, not just when football ends or when Nebraska ...
    by Published on 11-07-2014 12:40 AM     Number of Views: 3287 
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    I know the opponent on Saturday was the Purdue Boilermakers. Yet, I kept having flashbacks to the game at Michigan State last month.

    I saw repeats of what the Huskers did in East Lansing: There was Nebraska wasting amazing field position time after time. There was the offense trying to find production without Ameer Abdullah carrying the team. Here was a bad snap from the center causing problems. There is the defense playing a very strong game. Here goes De'Mornay Pierson-El with another big punt return.

    But I also saw the Huskers trying to emulate what the Spartans did: There are the Huskers taking their foot off the gas pedal and allowing Purdue to mount a minor comeback attempt. Where are the fans? Like at Michigan State, the stands were really starting to thin out in the 3rd and 4th quarters.

    Aside from the punt return, Nebraska needs to stop trying to replay the Michigan State game. The game against Purdue could have (and probably should have) been a 30 point blowout. Nebraska squandered amazing field position and gift-wrapped opportunities to put Purdue away early. Instead they let them hang around while the Huskers plodded into the second bye in need of an offensive jump-start.

    And they'll need it - otherwise the trip to Madison could also resemble the loss to the Spartans.

    by Published on 11-04-2014 03:59 PM  Number of Views: 3902 

    It's bye week, and that means plenty of time to worry about Ameer Abdullah's knee. (I kid because I care, people.) But for now, let's delve into some of the side stories around 2014 Husker football. Later this week, I'll check in with some Husker basketball breakdown/preview, ...
    by Published on 11-02-2014 02:30 PM   

    For the second straight game, Nebraska's offense looked out of sorts and sluggish at times. Nebraska finished with a season-low 297 yards, including just 179 on the ground. The Huskers had come into the game against Purdue averaging 515 yards of offense with 293 on the ground. Early in the 2nd quarter this game had the feel of one of Pelini's annual letdowns against an inferior team. Much like they did against Northwestern, the ...
    by Published on 11-01-2014 08:41 PM   

    When you lose your best player to injury, you figure that things will not always go as expected. Nebraska is 8-1, but the Cornhuskers are not an impressive football team, and without Ameer Abdullah, they're not even a solid football team on offense.

    With Abdullah sidelined by ...

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