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    by Published on 11-19-2014 08:51 AM  Number of Views: 6296 
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    Well, that sucked.


    In retrospect, it is probably very telling that when the score got to 17-3, one of the thoughts to go through my head was "I wish we could just call it right here." I'm guessing there may have been some folks on the sideline in all white who felt the same way.

    We'll get into the game itself down below and try to make heads or tails of what went wrong and why things stopped going right. But let's start by looking at the big picture.

    There is no doubt that this is a "big picture" loss. The kind of defeat that makes everybody - coach, player, fan, administrator, commentator - step back and look at what is going on. The kind of defeat that makes people ask uncomfortable questions. So with that in mind, here is my question:

    During the game, I saw Derek Hernandez of tweet that the Nebraska program under Pelini is in purgatory - or "Bogatory" as Hernandez called it. Pelini's teams are too good enough to get him fired, yet bad enough that they may never win - or even compete for - conference and national championships. I'm not necessarily sure I agree that NU is some sort of nine-win waiting room, but we can all recite the pattern:

    Win the games you "should" win, even if the outcome is ugly or closer than the experts think. Get a loss - or a big-time scare - from a team that is nowhere close to NU in talent. Tease fans with hope, progress, and potential. Lose four games, including one or two embarrassing performances on a national stage. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    I say these things not to attack Bo, his staff, or the players. I respect the things he has done at Nebraska. As much as some may want to deride him for it, he has brought in guys who represent Nebraska very well. They get good grades, avoid the police blotter, and are good role models. ...
    by Published on 11-18-2014 03:32 PM  Number of Views: 9860 

    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 11-17-2014 01:30 PM     Number of Views: 20566 
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    Wisconsin owns Nebraska. Let's just get that out of the way. Bo Pelini is now 1-3 against the Badgers and the average margin in those losses is 35 points, which is what the Huskers lost by on Saturday in Madison. The Badger offensive line put on an absolute clinic as Melvin Gordon had a NCAA-record day, leading the Badgers to a 59-24 beatdown over the Huskers.

    The game couldn't have started out any better for Nebraska. For the first 16 minutes the Huskers were seemingly
    by Published on 11-15-2014 10:04 PM  Number of Views: 9165 
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    Unacceptable is the only way to describe Nebraska's on-field abomination on Saturday. Sadly, the only thing shocking about Nebraska getting throttled by Wisconsin (again) was that it was worse than the Huskers' fall in the 2012 Big 10 Title Game, given Nebraska's assumed talent ...
    by Published on 11-15-2014 09:07 PM  Number of Views: 15110 

    A lot of basic questions need answering after Wisconsin's offense made the the Nebraska defense look like roadkill and its defense shut down two of Nebraska's most prolific offensive players of all time. But here's the first one. Does Nebraska bring out the best in Wisconsin, or do the Badgers bring out the worst in the Cornhuskers?

    How can the Huskers get off to such a good start, but so thoroughly collapse ...
    by Published on 11-15-2014 02:31 AM  Number of Views: 4567 
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    The weather is cold, but the takes are hot:

    A teenage boy makes grown men lose their minds.
    There has been much hand-wringing over a certain high-profile running back recruit potentially decommitting from Nebraska. One report said it was a done deal. Another said not so fast. A third said "beats me, I have no clue".

    All of this uncertainty, left those who passionately follow recruiting twisting in the wind. Sadly, the reactions were predictable: When it appeared as if this kid was not going to honor his verbal pledge to Nebraska he was trashed on message boards and Twitter. Who needs him? Then when word came out that he was not necessarily leaving, folks backtracked and started proclaiming him the heir apparent for Ameer Abdullah. ...
    by Published on 11-14-2014 10:16 AM     Number of Views: 2390 
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    So, you may have read/heard that I'm on record saying Ameer Abdullah will not win the Heisman Trophy.

    I believe and will stand by what I wrote, but if I've learned anything being a college football fan it is this: you never say never until the game is over. Ameer could win (or, more realistically, be invited as a finalist), but it's not as simple as just playing up to the very high standard he has shown throughout his Nebraska career.

    And no, the answer is not blowing up Twitter with the #FearAmeer hashtag, sending out another batch of AA batteries to voters*, or another marching band formation. The Heisman Trophy cannot be won by social media savvy alone. Ameer Abdullah and the Athletic Department's media folks will need to follow ...
    by Published on 11-14-2014 09:46 AM  Number of Views: 2592 
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    Author's note: I had most of this completed prior to Ameer Abdullah getting injured early in the Purdue game. Since he likely will return to action against Wisconsin - and I'm optimistic that he'll be close to his old self - I'm going to publish it.

    * * *

    Ameer Abdullah is not going to win the 2014 Heisman Trophy.

    There. I said it.

    Husker fans, before you get out your cyber pitchforks and start spewing hot fire at me, know this simple, indisputable fact:

    I love and respect Ameer Abdullah. ...
    by Published on 11-12-2014 04:24 PM  Number of Views: 4011 
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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: 6127 
    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 ...

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