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    by Published on 09-27-2013 06:13 AM
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    Note: this is an update of a post I wrote at derekjohnsonmuses.com last January. In light of current defensive struggles, it seems timely.

    Tom Osborne, Bill Snyder, Charlie Strong, and Chris Petersen all have something ...
    by Published on 09-26-2013 10:17 AM     Number of Views: 5879 

    We’ve all heard it before Pelini is one of 11 coaches in college football history to win nine or more games in each of his first five seasons at one school.

    Is this what Nebraska football hangs its hat on now? Nebraska ...
    by Published on 09-25-2013 10:52 PM  Number of Views: 5342 
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    Another year, another sacrificial lamb from the FCS "minor leagues". Another athletic department subsidized by the University of Nebraska (and their donors and fans). Another chance to empty the bench and get carries to the fifth string I-Back. See you again, same time next year when McNeese State comes to town.

    I've never had a problem with Nebraska playing the occasional game against 1-AA/FCS teams. I understand the fiscal realities of needing seven home games to help finance the rest of the department. I can either shell out to watch a mismatch with South Dakota State or I can pay even more for six home games. Besides, I enjoy a good blowout win as it makes me nostalgic for the Osborne Era.

    But how much longer will it last?

    At this point, scheduling a FCS school is a lose/lose proposition for teams like Nebraska. Everybody expects a blowout win, which other than getting game reps for the second and third string, doesn't do much to improve your team. If you don't win by the expected margin, or look sloppy in doing so, there is criticism and scrutiny. And that is assuming you win...After losses by Kansas State, Oregon State, and others to FCS ...
    by Published on 09-24-2013 09:27 AM
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    "A wise person has long ears and a short tongue."
    German Proverb

    BOO PELINI?

    Anyone who thought Bo Pelini was going to be booed as he entered Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon doesn't know Husker fans very well. First, and foremost, the Husker football program is bigger-much bigger than any one player, assistant coach, head coach, AD, Chancellor or anyone else you can ...
    by Published on 09-22-2013 09:42 AM     Number of Views: 361 

    Blackshirts Bend Badly but Bunnies Break as Backups Blossom

    After a nervous no defense first quarter, the Huskers ...
    by Published on 09-21-2013 08:59 PM  Number of Views: 10902 
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    Sep 21, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defender Avery Moss (94) sacks South Dakota State Jackrabbits quarterback Austin Sumner (6) in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

    Judging by the response at Memorial Stadium Saturday, Bo Pelini seems to have made some progress repairing his relationship with Nebraska's fan base. That seemed easy enough. It'll likely take a lot more work to go to get his defense fixed, though, and in the final analysis, Pelini's success or failure in Lincoln will be decided by his team's results on the field.

    Pelini seems more concerned about the defense than his reputation anyway, and probably, ...
    by Published on 09-20-2013 12:39 AM  Number of Views: 2678 

    (Author's note: A lot has happened since the UCLA game, but I won't be addressing any of those things here as I prefer to keep these recaps to the game itself. Feel free to read my takes on the Tommie Frazier tweet and the leaked audio).

    INTRO

    So what did we learn?

    Nebraska reinforced itself as some of the best fans in the nation. Nebraska, and the student section did a wonderful job of respectfully honoring UCLA receiver Nick Pasquale who died a few days before the game. The Huskers wore memorial decals on their helmet and the university held a moment of silence in his honor. But it was the student section who really did Nebraska proud. During the moment of silence, they released blue and gold balloons and held up banners staying "N - 36" and "Two Schools - One Team". It was a truly touching gesture, and one that hopefully provided some comfort to a UCLA community grieving one of their own.

    The defense is not good enough to carry the offense. Six of Nebraska's 15 drives went three and out. Each of those drives only ...
    by Published on 09-20-2013 12:31 AM  Number of Views: 6345 
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    To refresh, Part 1 was a veiled prediction that, based on the latest D meltdown and already screeching tenor of the fan base, that Bo won’t survive what seems destiny to not be competitive for a B1G title and thus there was little point to engaging in raucous debate as to whether Bo should stay or go, when the answer is all but written.

    Secondly, since the two sides of Husker Nation are so polarized, convincing the opposing view to come around has become as hopeless as convincing ...
    by Published on 09-19-2013 03:31 PM
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    LITTLE BO BLEEP-GATE?
    All is quiet in Lincolnville. Bo Pelini is still the Husker head coach and the planets are in alignment.. Fortunately for Husker fans, coaches, the University and the football program, "Bleep-Gate" had a short shelf life. That a two year old recording would have the impact it did, is surprising. But if the head coach on that tape is Bo Pelini and he's is dissing ...
    by Published on 09-17-2013 08:20 AM
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    Bo Pelini's press conference yesterday already yielded enough good stories to talk about for two weeks. Between his reflective opening statement and his “we don't need” Tommie Frazier remark, a lot was left open to interpretation as to how ...

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