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    by Published on 11-29-2013 12:21 AM     Number of Views: 5966 
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    Back in August, I kept hearing about how the 2013 season would "define Taylor Martinez's legacy".

    At the time, I thought that statement was a hot load of crap.

    After three full seasons with Taylor Martinez as Nebraska's quarterback, his "legacy" was already defined. The definition of that legacy all depends on how you view Martinez.

    If you are optimistic on Martinez, you view him as one of the most dynamic and explosive quarterbacks in school history, somebody who owns nearly every school record a quarterback can own.

    If you are pessimistic on Martinez, you view him as a frustratingly inconsistent turnover machine, who never won a championship or bowl game.

    Here's the thing - both of those perspectives are correct. I get it: there is a certain subset of the fan base who will never forgive Martinez for this actions during (and after) the 2010 Texas A&M game. There are fans who will never fully support a player who quits and rejoins the team (allegedly), no matter ...
    by Published on 11-25-2013 01:28 PM  Number of Views: 3598 
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    Watching the Penn State - Nebraska game, an odd comparison jumped out at me. During the game, BTN would occasionally show score updates from the Ohio State - Indiana game. Ohio State is desperately trying to play their way into the BCS Championship Game, but the low perception of the Big Ten means the Buckeyes may need to rely on style points to get the job done. After the game, many were wondering if the Buckeyes' 42-14 win over the lowly Hoosier was enough - even with undefeated Baylor losing Saturday night.

    Meanwhile, over in Pennsylvania, a similar story was playing out. Bo Pelini is, by most accounts, on the hot seat as Nebraska's head coach. It is becoming evident that Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst will make a critical, program defining decision at some point. It could be Friday, this weekend, or after the bowl game, but make not mistake - it is coming.

    Since very few people truly know what Shawn Eichorst is thinking, we're left with speculation on what Bo "has to do" to keep his job. There are those who believe that Bo can keep his job for another year by winning out against Penn State, Iowa, and the to-be-named ...
    by Published on 11-23-2013 09:12 PM  Number of Views: 7768 
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    It was a game and a day as tasteless as oatmeal, flakes of snow falling into a stadium where two teams whose greater days were in the 70's and 80's would begin to write their long off-season narratives, either trying to build on success or feeding off failure. Fittingly, ...
    by Published on 11-19-2013 12:43 AM  Number of Views: 4930 
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    That was one of the most frustratingly encouraging games I have watched in years.

    It was encouraging to see a maligned coaching staff come out with an offensive and defensive game plan capable of beating a top-20 team.

    It was frustrating to see five turnovers cost Nebraska the game.

    It was encouraging to see another strong performance from the defense, and a quiet the critics day from Ameer Abdullah.

    It is frustrating to know that despite it all, Nebraska still could have won that game - especially if two key plays (getting a tackle instead of trying to strip the ball on the MSU touchdown right before halftime, and not fumbling on your 1 yard line) had gone the other way.

    This game reminded me so much of the 2009 Iowa State game. Obviously, the ridiculously high number of turnovers is the main similarity, but there is more. In both games, there was an unmistakable feeling that if Nebraska could just get out of their own way for a few minutes, they would win - if not completely dominate the game. Clearly, the 2013 Michigan State Spartans are a much, much better team than the 2009 Cyclones, but ...
    by Published on 11-16-2013 09:22 PM
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    Throughout Nebraska's loss to Michigan State Saturday, I kept thinking what the two teams would be if they were companies, since both teams have close to equal talent. Michigan State is like a chain of Big Lots stores: not flashy, but they clear a lot of merchandise, stay within ...
    by Published on 11-14-2013 05:19 PM  Number of Views: 5212 
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    As I wrote last week, I chose to make the trip to Ann Arbor for the Nebraska-Michigan game to be a part of a great college football atmosphere, and for four quarters, I got just that. Not only that, but seeing the company of traveling Husker ...
    by Published on 11-12-2013 11:51 PM  Number of Views: 5694 
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    I'll be honest: I did not think Nebraska would win this game.

    Over the past 10 years, there have been a handful of times where I've gone back and forth on the likelihood of a Husker victory. Usually the opponent is pretty tough (Oklahoma, USC, Ohio State, etc.) and there are certain factors that cause my confidence to slip.

    This was one of those weeks. Would there be a post-Hail Westy letdown? Would Michigan's talented skill players run around, past, and through a defense that had been underwhelming for the first two months of the season? Would Nebraska be embarrassed, again, in front of a national audience? Would Nebraska be abused by another mobile quarterback? How would Tommy Armstrong fare in his first road game in a truly hostile environment (i.e. one without 15,000+ Husker fans like at Purdue or Minnesota)? Would the Wolverines play with a chip on their shoulder after they and their coach were called out by an ESPN columnist? Would Michigan be fired up by Ameer Abdullah's comments in the Monday press conference? Would there be enough able bodies to block for Abdullah and Armstrong?

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    by Published on 11-10-2013 11:06 AM     Number of Views: 954 
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    Blackshirts Best in a Big House Battle as Armstrong and Abdullah Anesthetize Ann Arbor

    I hate Michigan (and ...
    by Published on 11-06-2013 02:41 PM  Number of Views: 4538 
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    So I have this shirt. Itís from the 2001 National Championship. Itís my lucky shirt. I know we got slaughtered by Miami in that Rose Bowl, but I wasnít wearing it during that game. This shirt is about finished. It has holes all over it. The collar is close to being separated from the actual body of the shirt. I put this thing on every Saturday though. My wife and mother have tried unsuccessfully to get rid of this ...
    by Published on 11-06-2013 06:20 AM  Number of Views: 3397 
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    In reflection on the Hail Mary, there were two aspects to that play/series of events that stick out to me. One being, Aaron Babcock's photo of Jordan Westerkamp jumping to catch the ball in mid-air while Northwestern's defenders look on helplessly. The other is Ron Kellogg III running helmetless to the other end of the field to high-five.
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