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    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: 12589 
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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: 2915 
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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: 3340 
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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: 3918 

    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 ...
    by Published on 11-01-2014 07:59 PM  Number of Views: 5440 
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    All season, he had lurked in the back of the closet with Freddy Krueger and the Ghostface killer. Oh, Husker fans were trying to forget about the sleepless nights lost to worry about that foul beast. Then, suddenly and without warning, the Turnover Monster jumped out of the closet ...
    by Published on 10-28-2014 01:34 PM  Number of Views: 3552 

    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 10-26-2014 03:16 PM  Number of Views: 6264 
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    It was a game that saw Ameer Abdullah and Kenny Bell etch their names into the history books. Despite some inconsistent play on both sides of the ball, Nebraska took care of business and came away with a comfortable 42-24 win against an overmatched Rutgers team. Bo Pelini called his team “sloppy” and “inconsistent” and that describes a lot of how the offense played. At times it appeared the Huskers could do whatever they wanted against the Scarlet Knights. ...

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