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Dave Feit

The author's columns published before spring of 2016 are archived here.


  1. Posted By Dave Feit
    Nov 2, 2016
    , Dave Feit
    Reaction and speculation on Friday night B1G games
    Jim Delany has announced that Big Ten schools will play six games on Friday nights, starting in 2017. The Chicago Tribune broke the story, and their report has good information on what is known so far.

    As for what is unknown, here are my thoughts and best guesses:

    This is a perk / nasty side effect of the ginormous TV deals the league signed with ESPN and Fox. What,...

  1. Posted By Dave Feit
    Oct 27, 2016
    , Dave Feit
    Where does your team rank?
    We've crossed the half way point in the season, so it's time to start looking ahead to the division races, and who can make it to a bowl game. As always, I make no apologies if you feel your team is too high (or too low), but feel free to let me know in the comments.

    1. Michigan. Ohio State's loss means the Wolverines move up to the penthouse. More importantly, it means Michigan can afford a slip up in one of their remaining non-Buckeye games. Path to Indy: Win...

  1. Posted By Dave Feit
    Oct 27, 2016
    , Dave Feit
    Recap of the Purdue game
    Do you remember back in the pre-BCS days - probably when it was called the "Bowl Alliance" or some nonsense like that - when margin of victory was important? If memory serves, at least one of the computer polls in used margin of victory to help determine which team was best. As a result, the Steve Spurriers, Bobby Bowdens, and other coaches of contending teams would make a point of trying for a late garbage time touchdown. The way the computer saw it, 31-14 was a more impressive win than...

  1. Posted By Dave Feit
    Oct 13, 2016
    , Dave Feit
    From 1 to Rutgers
    Here are this week's Big Ten Power Rankings:

    1. Ohio State. Did what championship teams do - pull away from a team not on their level. The Buckeyes have won each of their games by at least 21 points. Can Wisconsin break that trend?
    2. Michigan. Holy Harbaugh, that 78 point win over Rutgers is the absolute definition of "domination". So many eye-popping stats came out of that annihilation, that picking one doesn't do justice to the totality of that victory. The...

  1. Posted By Dave Feit
    Oct 7, 2016
    , Dave Feit
    Where does your team rank?
    With the first full week of Big Ten play in the books, it's time to roll out the weekly Power Rankings. These are not specific by division, but rather reflect where each team is from week to week. I make no apologies if you feel your team is too high (or too low), but feel free to let me know in the comments.

    1. Ohio State. Still the best in the league, by a wide margin, but playing Rutgers makes that gap look bigger than it probably is. Indiana should be a good gauge...

  1. Posted By Dave Feit
    Oct 6, 2016
    , Dave Feit
    Recap of the Illinois game
    What a difference a year makes.

    A year ago, after (what was then) the ugliest and most painful loss of the 2015 season, I wrote this*. Rereading it brings back all of the struggles and difficulties Nebraska was facing a year ago: highly questionable play calling, horrible game and clock management, not utilizing talent correctly, abandoning the run, players with horrible attitudes, a secondary that...

  1. Posted By Dave Feit
    Sep 30, 2016
    , Dave Feit
    How will the conference standings shake out?
    My lovely wife works in the financial industry, specifically with retirement plans. And whenever you discuss retirement plans and investment options you often come across a specific disclaimer: Past performance does not necessarily predict future results. In other words, just because that fund heavily steeped in dot com startups grew exponentially in the early years, you shouldn't purchase that vacation home just yet.

    The same thing hold true when attempting to predict how the...

  1. Posted By Dave Feit
    Sep 29, 2016
    , Dave Feit
    Let's talk about the game, not the anthem
    My apologies - I, like many of you, have been so caught up in the discussion around the three Husker players who knelt during the national anthem that I forgot to actually write about the game. It turns out, after the national anthem concluded Saturday night in Evanston, Illinois they did play a football game. That's not to discount or discredit the silent protest by three Husker players, but to not so subtly let you know that we're going to keep our focus* on what happened between the...

  1. Posted By Dave Feit
    Sep 28, 2016
    , Dave Feit
    Thoughts and reactions to the protest led by Rose-Ivey, Neal, and Barry
    Initially, I was going to include some thoughts on the kneeling protest by three Huskers in my normal post-game column. But as the controversy grew and spun up separate storms, I felt that combining the two would do a disservice to the game, the protest, or both.

    I'm also aware that some of you are reaching a saturation point with this story, so if you feel the need to click out now there are no hard feelings. That said, I hope you'll read on with an open heart and mind.

    I'll tip my hand...

  1. Posted By Dave Feit
    Sep 20, 2016
    , Dave Feit
    What we learned and liked from the game.
    That was fun.

    As I promised previously, I'm not going to make any sweeping generalizations about how Nebraska is "back" after beating Oregon. No posturing about how returning to the Top 25 validates the Mike Riley hire. I'm even going to pass on taking a shot at how the Niketown Ducks' latest fashion emergency was beaten by one of the most classic and timeless uniforms...

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