Nebraska vs Arkansas State Game Thread - First Half

"If I yell in this hard enough, will they tackle?"
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Nebraska Cornhuskers (1 - 1) vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves (1 - 1)

Kickoff: Saturday, September 15th, 11:00 AM CDT. Television: ESPN2 / WatchESPN

Announcers: Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway, Lewis Johnson

I'm so, so sorry.

Arkansas State Team Website

Husker Mike's Pre-Season and Game Preview

CFBStats Team Profile Page

Last Week: Defeated Memphis Tigers 33 - 28

Nebraska returns home to Memorial Stadium after a humbling loss against UCLA and hosts the dangerous spread assault of Gus Malzahn (#7 in total offense). While Arkansas State lacks the playmaking talent of the SEC's Auburn, the performance of late of the Nebraska defense against spread offenses and mobile QBs has given much of our fan base pause and brought great concern. (It should be noted that despite the disappointment that our offense is, they only surrendered 36 points against the #3 offense in the nation. ) With some new faces on defense, it is possible that Nebraska may be on the way to solving their defensive problems.

One positive we can look forward to is that Arkansas State's defense is not particularly earth-shattering, surrendering 28 points to the #98 offense of Memphis. Oregon, the #8 offense in the country dropped 50+ points in the first half. Nebraska, at #16, should not struggle against this defense. Of course, we should be worried about Nebraska beating itself.

If Nebraska can lift itself above its own mental mistakes, they should come away from this game with a convincing win. (Tackling can't hurt.) While a win won't satisfy critics (Arkansas State is, after all, just a Sun Belt team), it'll at least hold off the fan discontent for a week. Another defensive breakdown and fan unrest may swell to uncomfortable levels.

This morning's theme song should put us all in a positive state of mind. We will tackle better today.

Song, morning schedule and game thread after the Jump! Bring your cat pictures!


Morning Game Schedule:

11:00 AM

Wake Forest at No. 5 Florida State

ESPN

11:00 AM

California at No. 12 Ohio State

ABC

11:00 AM

No. 13 Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh

ESPNU

11:00 AM

No. 16 TCU at Kansas

FX

11:00 AM

Western Michigan at Minnesota

Big Ten Network

11:00 AM

Arkansas State at Nebraska

ESPN2

11:00 AM

Louisiana-Lafayette at Oklahoma State

FSN

11:00 AM

Northern Illinois at Army

CBS Sports Network

11:00 AM

Charleston Southern at Illinois

Big Ten Network

11:00 AM

Bethune-Cookman at Miami (FL)

ESPN3

11:00 AM

Eastern Michigan at Purdue

Big Ten Network

11:21 AM

Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn

SEC Network/ESPN3

11:30 AM

Connecticut at Maryland

ESPN

11:30 AM

Presbyterian at Vanderbilt

ESPN

Notes:

BTN and Dish no longer have an agreement. Dish no longer carries BTN. There is no indication when or if an agreement will be reached this season.

For those still with BTN, if multiple teams have games on BTN, your main BTN game will vary. All games available to stream at BTN2Go.com.

ESPN and ESPN2 available at WatchESPN.com only if your carrier offers WatchESPN. (Most carriers do not.)

Please do not post links to unauthorized game feeds - we have to remove them. Links to highlights or legal feeds are alright.

And please do not join just to troll. We're a pretty easy-going group for Nebraska fans but there is no hesitation on banning trolls. What is trolling? Posting an inflammatory comment just to get a response.

Have fun, post safe and GO BIG RED!

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