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    by Published on 11-22-2014 07:57 PM  Number of Views: 12972 

    Those storm clouds building up on the horizon during the Purdue game were real. And when those two November storms hit, they exposed the weak superstructure of Bo Pelini’s Nebraska football team.

    On Ameer Abdullah’s Senior Day, Nebraska got thoroughly pounded at the line of scrimmage for the second ...
    by Published on 11-22-2014 06:10 PM     Number of Views: 9201 
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    What a giveaway. The Huskers got a big play early, and a gift in the first half, and it still was a big play or two short from winning. Nebraska's now-exposed defensive front seven didn't step up for the second week in a row. If you take away Nate Gerry's spectacular return of a blocked field goal, Minnesota ...
    by Published on 11-21-2014 01:59 AM  Number of Views: 12600 
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    Wow, jeez, I guess you could say one team wanted the Freedom Trophy a little more than the other, huh? Holy schmokes.

    A lot of people are hoping I’ll sledgehammer my personal nail into a mythical Pelini coffin, but as my theme of this season goes, why? Like Norman Dale scolded the Hickory Huskers' fans for chanting “We want Jimmy,” ...
    by Published on 11-20-2014 11:50 PM  Number of Views: 2815 

    The days following Nebraska's blowout loss at Wisconsin have been anything but dull. One of the prevalent themes I've noticed are fans and media reacting (or in some cases, overreacting) to things said by coaches and players. Here are four quotes that have been triggered the most reaction this week:

    From Josh Mitchell on if NU should wear their Blackshirts in practice this week*:

    "Personally, no I don't think we should (wear them). I think they stand for something better than we put out on film. I think it would kind of just be a disgrace to the former players who earned the right to wear them if we went out and wore them at practice this week."

    *It is worth noting that Mitchell was one of a handful of defensive starters who wore their Blackshirt to practice later the same day, which certainly played a big role in this quote getting legs.

    From Jake Cotton on why the offensive line tends to commit false start penalties in big games:

    "You're just so dialed-in to what you're going to do during the play. You gotta take this footwork, you gotta do this, you gotta do that. And so I think when you're thinking about all that stuff, you kind of get tunnel vision, and that's when it hurts you.

    "The lack of concentration isn't that we were just thinking about class or girls or anything like that. It's that we were thinking about the play ...

    by Published on 11-19-2014 09:02 AM  Number of Views: 6201 
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    Bo Pelini's sideline anger (and press conference anger) grabs headlines but we seldom analyze how it has seeped through Nebraska's program. Anger stems from a perception that one is constantly slighted, or that one must always scream to get basic points across because others aren't listening. In seven years, Pelini's ...
    by Published on 11-19-2014 08:51 AM  Number of Views: 6308 
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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: 9917 

    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: 20624 
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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: 9223 
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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: 15264 

    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 ...

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