First off, a word from Coach Pelini:
"We're out to win a championship this year. Period. End of story," Pelini said.— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) August 31, 2012
Don't miss DallasHusker's Q&A with Landon Howell of fancred.com about Southern Mississippi! And dpm917 talks ROSE BOWL.
Today is the last day of the "off-season". The Reads will continue on, bringing you coverage of Nebraska and Big Ten sports and other stories from college football and beyond. Debuting Monday and continuning every Monday this season, I'll have a schedule for Nebraska, with links to previous week game recaps for each opponent. We'll also cover our Big Ten conference brethren in more depth in a separate post every Monday.
Expectations are high, UCLA wins a tough game against Rice and a national network picked up the Longhorn Network. Those stories and more below.
Keys and Expectations
In case you missed it, ruacornhead2 took sometime to consider the keys to a Nebraska victory on Saturday. If you're looking for keys to defeat, take each of those keys and consider the worst opposite possible, like Rex Burkhead fumbling the ball 80 yards behind the line of scrimmage.
More Nebraska football and other stories after the Jump!
Not so much keys as things to look for.
Husker Dan gives his expectations and keys to a successful season for Nebraska and Bo Pelini. He gets a little over-ambitious on Pelini's side-line demeanor but other than that, it's a very optimistic outlook.
Frankly, I'd say its a toss-up between Burkhead and Ball. Ball has the luxury of the concrete chicane that is Wisconsin's offensive line.
And Nebraska's new stadium tour continues. Man, the classes of 2009 and 2010 are a lucky bunch, aren't they? JerryWorld, the Holiday Bowl, the Capitol One Bowl, Big Ten stadiums, Big 12 stadiums and now the Superdome? (And hopefully Indianapolis and the Fiesta or Rose Bowl this fall?) Pretty cool.
The Journal Star takes a look at Southern Miss and comes to the conclusion that USM is a very dangerous opponent.
Trying to get the defense back to attacking instead of reacting.
Westerkamp will be a situational decision. And it sounds like offensive line is Pelini's next target for emphasis. His words didn't sound like a vote of confidence.
Sounds like the potential for big plays by USM is pretty high. But as long as we control the field for the most part, we shouldn't have too tough of a time.
Our new center. Go get 'em, Justin.
Our wide receivers coach taught Tom Brady how to play golf better. So Nebraska should do better in future charity golf tournaments, right?
We may very well see the #2 QB come in if Martinez struggles. Same at RB. That's a nice change.
Opinions and Off-Beat Stories
A little strange but I think the last section is important. Us young kids, who didn't witness Osborne, haven't given up on Nebraska. There is NO place like Nebraska, and we're a part of that.
We do barn-raisin's right out in the Midwest.
Is Burkhead a different kind of Heisman candidate?
He would then spend the rest of the game mostly uncomfortable in the pocket.
Rice (yes, that Rice) still gave UCLA a tough fight. If our defense can be moderately better than Rice's (I think we'll be okay), we should be fine.
Some notes on Nebraska's trip to California this weekend. They will play at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturday. Radio feeds will be available and free audio will be streamed from Huskers.com.
Track and Field
Good luck on their pursuit of a second Big Ten championship!
A lot of emphasis on incoming runners to help push Nebraska.
They're also very young.
Remember, low expectations for this fall. (The ladies' schedule was released today - I'll link to it on Monday.)
Big Ten (1-0)
And the Big Ten notches it's first victory of the season! Way to go, 1904 National Champions!
Sparta takes on Boise State tonight!
Here's some links to get you started:
The SEC will issue an apology and that'll be that.
Good luck with that. I guess SOS will be much more important in a season or two.
Texas' long national (*snicker*) nightmare is over! (It'll fit right in with the half-billion other channels no one watches.)
Join us here at Corn Nation for tonight's game thread.
|Friday, August 31|
|6:00 PM||Villanova at Temple||Tickets|
|6:30 PM||North Carolina State vs. Tennessee*||Tickets|
|7:00 PM||No. 24 Boise State at No. 13 Michigan State||Tickets|
|7:00 PM||Wagner at Florida Atlantic||Tickets|
|9:00 PM||San Jose State at No. 21 Stanford||Pac-12 Network|
My picks in bold.
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