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Husker Dan

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

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Dec 21, 2016
    , Husker Dan
    A look at the Music City Bowl and NU's chances
    Okay, Husker fans. It is bowl time for the Big Red. And this year, unlike last year, the Huskers didn't have to back into a bowl game. Nope. This year, the 9-3 Huskers get to play Tennessee in the Music City Bowl in beautiful Nashville, TN.

    Had the Huskers not been embarrassed at Iowa last month, Nebraska might be the team playing Florida in the Outback Bowl in sunny and warm Tampa, Florida instead of Iowa.

    The Huskers will be making their first visit to the Music City Bowl...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Nov 21, 2016
    , Husker Dan
    Josh Banderas has helped the Huskers turn around the season
    Nebraska has made a huge turnaround from last year's disappointing 6-7 season that was filled with unique ways to lose football games. But since the embarrassing loss at Purdue last season, the Huskers have gone 11-3 with wins over Michigan State, UCLA, Oregon, Northwestern, Wyoming and Minnesota.

    Not great, but certainly not bad. One of the major reasons for the change has been the leadership of the Husker seniors.

    And Saturday's 28-7 win over Maryland was accomplished primarily by...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Nov 8, 2016
    , Husker Dan
    For now, the Huskers need to have a short memory

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Nov 2, 2016
    , Husker Dan
    How does NU stack up with another ranked team on the road?
    Double, double, toil and trouble
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

    From Macbeth by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

    Witches and spells are the stuff that go well with the Halloween season. The above line from Macbeth, was said in unison by the three witches who prophesized that Macbeth would one day become king. And the Huskers now find themselves in the midst of their own "double trouble" with consecutive road games against two ranked opponents (last week at...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Oct 24, 2016
    , Husker Dan
    Why not enjoy the moment?
    Don't look now, but the Huskers just got their 7th win of the season and are ranked 6th and 7th in the latest polls. (Last year at this time through 7 games, NU was 3-4. Anybody want to trade for that? I didn't think so.)


    A buddy of mine at the gym deadpanned this morning about Saturday's game with Purdue, "That's another disappointing win."

    Funny, but true. Last year, it was about disappointing losses and lots of them for the Huskers. I...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Oct 3, 2016
    , Husker Dan
    Husker Dan's takes on the Illinois game
    Husker fans who are feeling uneasy about Nebraska's latest #12 ranking have good reason to feel that way. Why? Because NU's five victories have come from teams that include just one with a winning record (Wyoming at 3-2).

    It's true, the Huskers have played well in spots, but the level of competition is suspect at this point.

    Even the euphoria of beating Oregon a couple of weeks ago has faded because of the Ducks' subpar 2-3 record. So...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Sep 26, 2016
    , Husker Dan
    Husker Dan's takes on the Northwestern game

    * The score of Saturday night's game at Northwestern was closer than it should have been. The Huskers ended up beating the 1-2 Wildcats by just 11 points. But the Huskers left at least 14 potential points on the field. (And TA twice missed a wide open Jordan Westerkamp in the end zone.)

    * Clearly, plays like Terrell Newby's (and Ozigbo's) fumble into the end zone could prove costly in future games against...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Sep 19, 2016
    , Husker Dan
    Poor Duck clock management?
    Many think Saturday's showdown with Oregon set a new standard for volume and intensity at Memorial Stadium. (The unofficial benchmark was set during the 1994 24-7 home win over Colorado that eventually led to Tom Osborne's first national championship.)

    Louder than in '94? Baby, that's sayin' somethin'!

    It was chilling to hear the 90,000 plus Husker fans Saturday yelling: "Husker!" "Power!" "Husker!" "Power!" long before the game started. The win...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Sep 14, 2016
    , Husker Dan
    Comparison of Osborne's struggles with the Sooners and Riley's with the Ducks
    No matter how hard Tom Osborne would try to tell everyone back when he was coaching, that playing Oklahoma was just another game, we all knew better. Fans knew it. The coaches knew it. Even the Husker players knew it.

    In fact, playing the Sooners was THE biggest game each year. At stake for most of those contests was a conference championship, a chance at a New Year's Day bowl and often a shot at a national championship.

    And this week, Mike Riley is trying to sing...

  1. Posted By Husker Dan
    Sep 5, 2016
    , Husker Dan
    Some stats that tell the story of Week 1
    “99 percent of all statistics only tell 49 percent of the story.”
    Ron DeLegge II, Gents with No Cents

    You've heard of paint by the numbers, right? Well, this is my college football version of that, using stats from Saturday night's Husker-Bulldog game and data from Week 1 of the 2016 college football season. Here we go:


    Husker consecutive home...