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    by Published on 10-28-2014 01:34 PM  Number of Views: 3533 

    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: 6241 
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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. ...
    by Published on 10-25-2014 06:10 PM     Number of Views: 1046 
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    Nebraska Neutralizes Nova and the Knights as Ameer Amazes and Bell Becomes the Best

    On a beautiful autumn morning ...
    by Published on 10-25-2014 04:56 PM  Number of Views: 5990 
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    Ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to tell you some of the best news about Nebraska football in the last fifteen years: this Nebraska team is rather boring. Blackshirts stop the run, Ameer for a long TD, explosive pass play, opponent punts away from De'Mornay Pierson-El, Ameer sets a record, and scene.
    by Published on 10-25-2014 04:18 PM  Number of Views: 8654 

    Week after week, Ameer Abdullah and Kenny Bell cut a swath through opposing defenses. It's tough to imagine Nebraska moving the ball without them.

    Both have been steady throughout their careers. Bell has made big-time touchdown catches against some of ...
    by Published on 10-25-2014 12:28 AM  Number of Views: 2200 
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    Note: As is my custom, the winner of the Nebraska-Northwestern game unofficially earns the right to use "NU" for the following year. Therefore, any references to "NU" in this piece will refer to Nebraska.

    This game was a true tale of two halves. In the first half, NU was sloppy on both sides of the ball. There was poor tackling, bad pursuit angles, and a defense that seemed determined to make Justin Jackson (the NW RB, not the former Nebraska lineman) look like an All-American. The defense could not get stops on 3rd down, which led to sustained drives down the field.

    Offensively, it felt more like Beck was throwing plays up against the wall instead of executing a game plan. Ameer Abdullah struggled to get established and the line looked subpar once again. The team was unable to convert third downs, including some bad drops. Despite coming to life late in the half, NU was lucky to be down just three points at halftime.

    In the second half, everything changed. The defense shut down the run and made Northwestern one-dimensional. Trevor Siemian is not very mobile when he's healthy, and he looked beat up. The defense was able to pressure ...
    by Published on 10-23-2014 04:43 AM  Number of Views: 8408 
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    As it always does, the season is going to be over in a blink, but what it is now is 6 - 1 with few surprises and what it should be November 28th is 11 - 1 and headed to Indy to play probably the winner of MSU v. OSU. No surprises in this case are a good thing and there ...
    by Published on 10-22-2014 12:00 AM     Number of Views: 5767 
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    A heaping helping of hot takes to get you through until Halloween...

    Bo Pelini thinks the ESPN / SEC relationship is "bad for college football".
    I won't argue Bo's point, as it remains to be seen just how much ESPN's love affair with the SEC impacts the game. But I hate to see the coach give fuel to the message board conspiracy theorists who believe every announcer hates Nebraska, and ESPN disrespects the Big Ten and every other conference north or west of Columbia, MO.

    Look: You and I may sometimes forget it, but I guarantee that ESPN always knows the "E" in their name stands for "Entertainment", not Ethics, Equality, or anything else. ESPN wants viewers (which leads to higher cable fees and more ad dollars). They get those viewers by promoting and talking about winning teams. And right now, the SEC (as a whole) is widely viewed as a winning team.

    This is nothing new. Before their love affair with the SEC began, ESPN fawned all over USC. And Texas. And Boise State. And other top programs before that. As some of those teams have fallen on hard times, ESPN quickly moves on to the next big thing. For the most part, this is decided as much by the results on the field as it is by any financial implications ESPN may see from a team or conference's success.

    Remember, ESPN has a big, big stake in Texas's Longhorn Network, so if the "ESPN only promotes what they own" conspiracy ...
    by Published on 10-21-2014 12:48 PM  Number of Views: 4152 

    So much for Nebraska's inability to make second-half adjustments.
    So much for Tim Beck's inability to call a good game.
    So much for the Huskers not being able to play a game without a turnover. (Okay, so a little luck didn't hurt.)
    So much for the Huskers not being able to win the turnover battle.
    So much for the Huskers beating themselves (the first half not withstanding).
    So much for Tommy Armstrong not being able to perform well. ...
    by Published on 10-19-2014 06:26 PM  Number of Views: 7492 
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    In the previous three games between the Cornhuskers and Wildcats, the average margin of victory had been just 2.3 points. For the first half of Saturday's contest, it seemed we were in for much of the same. Nebraska blew several opportunities to take advantage of great starting field position and Northwestern took momentum and a 17-14 lead into halftime. After a sluggish, sloppy first half offensively, Nebraska came out after intermission and played well. The defense ...

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