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  1. Posted By N2FL
    Feb 5, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Ranking the Top 40 classes and analyzing Nebraska's class
    Top 40 Recruiting Classes


    1. Alabama
    2. Ohio State
    3. Georgia
    4. Michigan
    5. USC
    6. Oklahoma
    7. LSU
    8. Florida State
    9. Auburn
    10. Florida
    11. Texas A&M
    12. Miami (Fla.)
    13. Notre Dame
    14. Stanford
    15. Clemson
    16. Penn State
    17. Maryland
    18. Tennessee
    19. Virginia Tech
    20. Washington
    21. Nebraska
    22. Oregon
    23. South Carolina
    24. UCLA
    25....

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Aug 19, 2016
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Nebraska adding talent to return to national stage
    With last week's addition of Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL) defensive end Guy Thomas, the Huskers now have 13 known commitments in their 2017 class. With 20 scholarship seniors, they probably have around 10-12 more spots to fill taking into account annual attrition. This is exactly where Mike Riley and his staff wanted to be at the halfway mark of the 2017 class. Nebraska wanted 12-15 kids on board by the time the season rolled around and they are right on track.

    But...

  1. Posted By Dave Feit
    Aug 29, 2016
    , Dave Feit
    It all boils down to a single word
    In today's Omaha World-Herald, longtime columnist Lee Barfknecht lays out his case for how Nebraska - particularly the football program - can return to national prominence. In Barfknecht's opinion, it all boils down to a single word:

    Toughness.

    Having read this column a couple of times, I think it all boils down to a single word:

    Bull___.

    I know that over the years, Lee has proudly embraced his title of "Nebraska writer Nebraska fans love to hate". But I've never hated him or...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Feb 14, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Riley changing the culture of the program with recent staff changes.
    When Mike Riley was hired to replace Bo Pelini following the 2014 season, he said he looked at the opportunity in Lincoln as "one last adventure." Critics of the hire lamented that Riley and his large contingency of Oregon State assistants were using Nebraska for one last payday before retirement. Turns out, those guys may have underestimated just how much Mike Riley wants to go out a winner.

    The pressure to win and win big is real and Mike Riley doesn't shy away from...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Feb 27, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    With a department dedicated towards recruiting in the works, the staff turns its attention to 2018.
    Mike Riley has spent his first three years one upping himself on the recruiting trail. According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, the Huskers have finished with the 30th, 24th and 23rd ranked classes during Riley's tenure. The 2015 class, underrated in my opinion, was a transition class compiled in just over 8 weeks - with over half of that time falling under the NCAA mandated Dead Period. The improvements and strides made on the trail have been impressive during...

  1. Posted By Tad Stryker
    Apr 9, 2017
    , Tad Stryker
    Riley is staking a lot on the success of Cavanaugh’s offensive line
    For decades, a tough, disruptive Blackshirt defense and a physical running game was the identity of Nebraska football. Yes, 1962-2001 was a pretty good run for the Huskers. Those days disappeared, but they’re not gone for good. Conference titles can return to the Cornhusker State; the components used to build them are still available.

    If Penn State’s football program can come back from the brink of death, under the leadership of someone fighting for his coaching life, it most certainly can...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Apr 27, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    A look at where the Huskers stand at a few positions heading into fall camp.
    Nebraska is in great shape at quarterback


    Glass half-empty guy might point to a vanilla defense worthy of praise from Baskin-Robbins as the reason four Nebraska quarterbacks completed 62-of-95 (65%) passes during the Red-White game. That might be the case, but we heard reports all spring of Tanner Lee and Patrick O'Brien completing passes at a 70% clip during practices. The spring game was not an anomaly. Mike...

  1. Posted By Dave Feit
    Aug 30, 2017
    , Dave Feit
    Calling out an OWH columnist for trying to make 2+2=5
    Last year, Omaha World-Herald columnist Lee Barfknecht opined about how a "lack of toughness" within the program and athletic department was responsible for holding Nebraska back.

    Instead, it was little more than a platform for Lee to go through his big list of grievances about Shawn Eichorst, Mike Riley, and 'kids these days.'

    I had some fun taking Lee to task for some of his curious takes and flimsy logic,...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Sep 1, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    9-3, 8-4 seem the most likely regular season scenarios
    Mike Riley's jump from five regular-season wins in 2015 to nine in 2016 was the largest win improvement from Season 1 to Season 2 by any coach in Nebraska history. Last year was the Huskers' first perfect season at home (7-0) since 2012 and just the second since 2001. Last season, Nebraska was 6-0 in games it absolutely should've won (Fresno State, Wyoming, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Maryland); 0-1 in the game nobody expected them to win (at Ohio State); and 3-2 in...

  1. Posted By N2FL
    Sep 20, 2017
    , Jeremy Pernell
    Riley, Huskers reach pivotal crossroads
    Nebraska essentially paid Northern Illinois $820k to put its head coach on the hot seat. Following an inexcusable 21-17 loss to the Huskies, Nebraska is now sitting at 1-2 - and could very easily be 0-3 - heading into conference play. Mike Riley is in year 3 and losing to MAC teams coming off a 5-7 season should not be happening. Northern Illinois came into this game having lost 11 of their last 17 games. They were also without their starting quarterback.

    Nobody...

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