ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 17: Replacing the whale in my nightmares. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Well the Penn State fall out continues, but I'm excited about a possible OU NU Fiesta Bowl match-up.
But of course Nebraska needs to get by Michigan this weekend, not that I'm worried the blackshirts always handle a mobile QB just fine... oh wait...
Well lots to get to:
The Fiesta, however, believes that a potential matchup with former conference rivals Oklahoma and Nebraska would become a hot ticket for both fan bases and generate big TV ratings nationally.
M vs N
-- Starting tight end Ben Cotton is doubtful
-- Starting LG Andrew Rodriguez also is doubtful.
-- Reserve offensive guard Brandon Thompson and backup wideout Khiry Cooper are "day-to-day" because of injuries.
-- Pelini expects reserve guard Brent Qvale to return to action this week.
No. 16 Nebraska (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) at No. 18 Michigan (8-2, 4-2), ESPN: Not much at stake here. Just a virtual elimination game in the Legends Division race. Plus, whoever wins could be in good shape for a BCS at-large bid even if it doesn't claim the division title. Oh, and these are two blue-blood programs who have only played six times and who split the 1997 national title.
We didn't split it, it's ours.
For Nebraska, it was an important win after their stunning home loss to Northwestern, and it sets up what is essentially a Legends Division elimination game with Michigan next week. They're still a game behind Sparty, but if MSU trips up in the last couple of weeks Nebraska holds the head to head tiebreaker, so it's not over yet.
Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? It's not over until we say it is!
And just when you thought NU would have problems with the kicking game with Henery leaving, NU reloads. How much do you think Boise would pay for Maher?
Biggest play: Lavonte David's stop of Silas Redd on 4th and 1 from the Penn State 37 with 1:49 left. The Nittany Lions trailed 17-14 and had all the momentum after scoring two touchdowns to get back in it, and they handed the ball to their best player on the game's biggest play. But Nebraska's star defender was better and made a great, everything-he-had tackle. That play was an illustration of why David is the Big Ten's best linebacker.
Our ace beats your ace.
Well more Penn State news after the jump (did you see the SNL skit? well you can after the jump)Big Ten power rankings: Week 12 - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
3. Nebraska (8-2, 4-2): The Huskers rebounded Saturday by winning in a tough environment (Penn State's Beaver Stadium) and doing so under very tough circumstances. Bo Pelini's team displayed good poise and received better play from both lines in holding off a motivated Penn State team. The road win helps Nebraska before another big test away from Lincoln this week at Michigan.
Video description: The Devil has a hard time coming to terms with the ugly situation at Penn State.
A breakdown of the video if you can't watch it.
It no longer matters if there continues to be a football program at Penn State. It no longer even matters if there continues to be a university there at all. All of these considerations are trivial by comparison to what went on in and around the Penn State football program. (Those people who will pass this off as an overreaction would do well to remember that the Roman Catholic Church is reckoned to be a far more durable institution than even Penn State University is, and the Church has spent the past decade or so selling off its various franchise properties all over the world to pay off the tsunami of civil judgments resulting from the raping of children, a cascade that shows no signs of abating anytime soon.