Each week we will go over Nebraska's non-conference opponents and how they fared against their competition.
Tennessee-Chattanooga - Last week - Samford (W, 24-9). This week vs. Wofford.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defense continued to play like one of the best in the Football Championship Subdivision on Saturday. The Mocs' defense repeatedly made key stops in a 24-9 Southern Conference win over Samford in front of a crowd of 6,522 at Seibert Stadium.
Fresno State - Last week - Louisiana Tech (L, 21-41). This week @New Mexico State
People are not happy about that bad loss for the Fresno State football team on Saturday night. They want coach Pat Hill fired after the Bulldogs lost to Louisiana Tech by 20..at home. Fresno State won't win the Western Athletic Conference and, with four games to go, can't lose again or the team won't be eligible to play in a bowl.
Football and football revenue is the generating cornerstone of every athletics department, so it's something we always have to be cognizant of, where that revenue base is and how to maintain it," athletic director Thomas Boeh said after the game. Fresno State, according to figures compiled annually by USA Today, received more than $7.6 million from ticket sales in the 2009-10 academic year, which, at 28.67%, was the largest generator of its athletic department revenues. The department also received more than $5.3 million in contributions, $4.9 million in direct institutional support and $2.1 million in royalties, licensing and sponsorships, which accounted for 19.89%, 18.63% and 8.22% of its total revenues, respectively.
Washington Huskies - Last week - Oregon (L, 17-34). This week @USC.
Washington failed to get star running back Chris Polk going regularly. A week after he bulldozed through Arizona for 144 yards rushing, 100 yards receiving and five total touchdowns, Polk was kept out of the end zone and every yard he gained was earned. Polk finished with 80 yards on 24 carries and had six catches for 31 yards.
It was supposed to be a memorable night for Washington, playing its final game in iconic Husky Stadium before it undergoes a major renovation. Flash bulbs pulsed as the 1991 co-national championship team was honored on the field after the first quarter. Videos of UW football past ran on the big screen throughout the night. Oregon managed to spoil all the celebration with a 34-17 victory.
On Saturday night, the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies are starting to finally look like they can compete against each other on the football field. Just not on every play. The Husky defense proved they could hold the Oregon up-tempo attack in check for the most part, as Nick Holt rallied the guys to keep the confusing but uncertain Duck offense in check. They didn't get rolled like they did two weeks ago against Stanford, holding Oregon to a fairly modest 5.4 yards per carry and kept LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner from exploding any big runs up on the suspect Washington front seven. Darron Thomas had only one or two good drives and looked plenty tender in his first start back from injury. Oregon receivers dropped a few passes and the Ducks still aren't getting going at the most opportune times.
Wyoming Cowboys - Last week - TCU (L, 20-31). This week @Air Force.
TCU piled up yards at a near-record clip Saturday against Wyoming. But thanks to five Horned Frogs turnovers, including three inside the 6-yard line, the lopsided contest remained anyone's game to start the fourth quarter. By then, a cold but dry day had turned as the forecast predicted. Wind began to blow a thick sheet of sleet across War Memorial Stadium. TCU's Waymon James, however, put the game on ice with a devastating 74-yard run on the Frogs' first play of the fourth quarter, setting up a touchdown and helping the Frogs eventually escape with a 31-20 win.
The seniors on the University of Wyoming football team came up short in beating TCU for the first time in their careers, as the Horned Frogs handed the Cowboys a 31-20 defeat last Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. But the seniors have another chance for their first victory over another Mountain West foe this week when UW (5-3 overall, 2-1 MW) plays at Air Force (5-4, 1-3). The Cowboys have lost five in a row to the Falcons, and their last win was a 29-28 nail-biter at Air Force in 2005.