FCS Idaho Week Reads - September 17th, 2012

So pretty.

Bringing you coverage of Nebraska and Big Ten sports and other stories from college football and beyond.

HEY YOU GUYS WE WON AND WE TACKLED AND THINGS ARE GREAT AGAIN.

But in all seriousness, Nebraska took care of business in expected fashion Saturday. As a reward for their hard work, Nebraska returns to both polls, rating #25 in the AP and #22 in the Coaches' Poll.

This week, Nebraska stays home to take on the Idaho State Bengals, a FCS school located in Pocatello, Idaho and part of the Big Sky conference. (That may be familiar: conference mate Sacramento State humilated Colorado the week of Nebraska's UCLA loss.)

The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network, for those of you who have it (sorry Dish customers), with kickoff at or around 2:30 PM CDT.

Go Big Red!

In today's Reads, Pelini returns to work, women's soccer beats Northwestern and Stanford breaks the first seal of December chaos. Those stories and more below.

(Sites indicated by the double asterix (**) may have a limited number of views per 30 day/month period.)

The Check-Down Pass:

Tyler Wilson calls out Razorbacks for quitting in embarrassing 52-0 loss to Alabama - Yahoo! Sports

Maybe all of college football needs the death penalty for a year, to re-calibrate what's important? Seriously, wanting a coach who put himself above the program just because it resulted in wins? That's ridiculous. Look at UNC, OSU and PSU in the last couple of years. College football might be getting too powerful for its own good.

(**) 'Wounded Warriors' might miss Husker getaway : The Lincoln Journal Star Online
If you're looking for a good cause, this might interest you. They're $3000 short of providing a weekend in Lincoln for wounded veterans and their families.

N for 'Nowledge

Fisher to Receive Third Sullivan Scholarship - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

In his fifth year as a Husker, Fisher maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA in both business administration and pre-medicine. He’s used Bo Pelini's "improve every day process" mantra to guide his academic achievement. He’s also a favorite among Nebraska’s night security guards who have watched him be the last person to walk out of the Student-Life Complex since his arrival at Nebraska in 2008.

Such a great role model for the team and athletes in general.

Nebraska football and other stories after the Jump!

Yesterday on CN:

Husker Mike's Blasphemy: Blackshirts Bounce Back Against Arkansas State While Pelini Falls Ill

Considering all that has happened this week, it was a solid game for Nebraska. The defense found a way to shut down the high flying Arkansas State offense in the second half (only 89 yards of offense), and most importantly, Bo Pelini was released from the hospital.

Nebraska vs Arkansas State: Post Game Review - Corn Nation

Will and Jake do a fine job recapping the game but you have to admit: you want to see Jon post a video review.

Report Card: Huskers 42, Arkansas State 13 - Corn Nation

No detention for the Huskers this week, but we're not hanging the performance up on the fridge either.

Cobs of the Week: ESPN Drops a Deuce, Mike Gundy RUTS, Husker Fans Too Demanding Meme, BTN & Dish, and Colorado - Corn Nation

Colorado, official sponsor of our serial, Cobs of the Week. Or at least it seems like it.

Football (2-1)

Nebraska football vs. Arkansas State 2012 -- HuskerMax™

As always, HuskerMax has a brilliant one-stop shop for stats, recaps and commentary. I'm sure you've read it already, but for those of you who are loyal Reads followers that only click what I link to, go for it!

(**) Pelini back at work after health scare : Husker Extra

Don't work too hard, coach. Your team played well enough to keep the dogs off for a week.

(**) Chatelain: NU unleashes its ‘46' defense - Omaha.com

It was more than just letting Eric Martin off the leash - it was letting the players play instead of react, the very thing we anticipated would happen but hadn't yet been seen on the field.

Hail Varsity: Come Together

The defense may not have a Suh or David, but they were let out of the box on Saturday and it showed. This is a defense you can build off of.

Anderson breaks into starting lineup - The Grand Island Independent : Huskers HQ: college football, nebraska huskers,

I guess since we have tackling down, now we can figure out swing passes and hitches. Day by day, right?

Commentary

(**) Steven M. Sipple: Pelini's hospital stay provides perspective : Husker Extra

Perhaps we're more dangerous than we thought. It's possible Pelini over-worked himself, but considering how important his family is to him, I can't see Pelini being a workaholic like Urban Meyer was at Florida.

(**) Shatel: A stressful week and successful test for ‘JP' - Omaha.com

I'm not sure we can really appreciate what happened Saturday, but it's clear that Pelini is still pretty good at teaching.

HuskerOnline.com - Final take: A stress reliever

When you see the toughest dude you know go down like that it's naturally going to have an effect on you. I imagine it's like going to war and seeing your general or platoon leader go down.

Huskers start a defensive youth movement? - Tad Stryker - HuskerMax.com

The defense has something going. The real test comes in two weeks when Wisconsin comes to town and the teams have their adidas-sponsored pajama-party.

HAMAR: Huskers bounce back with big defensive effort - The Grand Island Independent : Sports: college football, nebraska, arkansas state, commentary, bob hamar

The team responded well this week. Let's keep that momentum going forward. The B1G is looking dangerous in its mediocrity.

Brown: Saturday’s ‘Firepower’ Honored Bo - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

"For our football team to play with the firepower we showed in the second half without Bo honored him and exemplified the character we have on this team," Brown said. "I didn't know everything that was going on, but I know that Bo would have been proud of our spirit, our tenacity, our determination and the way we all rallied in his absence."

Volleyball (8-1)

Husker Comeback Falls Short Against Iowa State - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Not all was puppy dogs and rainbows for Nebraska on Saturday. The team doesn't have much time to shake it off either - they play at Penn State this Wednesday to open B1G play. Go get 'em, ladies!

Other Sports

Women's Soccer (4-4-1)

Jackson Returns, Leads Huskers to 2-0 Win - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

The Battle for the NU gets off to a great start! GREAT JOB, LADIES!

Huskers and Bears Settle for 1-1 Tie - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Even though the Nebraska soccer team (4-4-1, 1-0-0 Big Ten) dominated the offensive side of the box score on Sunday afternoon, it had to settle for a 1-1 tie with the Northern Colorado Bears.

Good job, ladies! Women's soccer hosts the Purdue Boilmakers this Friday at 4:30pm. Indiana comes to town Sunday at 1pm.

Cross Country

Huskers Compete in Home Meet - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

The women finished fifth overall, unfortunately snapping their winning streak at Woody Greeno. The men also finished fifth overall. Good jobs all around. Their next meet is the KU Rim Rock Farm Classic.

Tennis

Huskers Open Play in Texas - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

The Nebraska mens tennis team finished the first day of the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational on Friday night in Midland, Texas.

Husker Doubles Teams Start Well in Texas - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Nebraska's doubles teams got off to a strong start to the women's tennis season on the first day of the Racquet Club Collegiate in Midland, Texas on Friday.

Husker Alumni

(**) Bucs entrust ex-Husker David to dial up defense - Omaha.com

For a guy we miss terribly, he's doing quite well. Keep it up, Lavonte!

Big Ten (26-10)

Big Ten helmet stickers: Week 3 - Big Ten Blog - ESPN

Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah: No Rex Burkhead? No problem for the Huskers, who might have the Big Ten's best 1-2 punch at running back. Abdullah turned in another big day with 167 rush yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries in a 42-13 win over Arkansas State. He added two receptions for 39 yards. Quarterback Taylor Martinez (13-for-14 passing) and wideout Kenny Bell (2 TD receptions) also deserve mention.

Wonder how Iowa is going to lose Weisman. Yeesh. Two RBs in the same game? AIRBHG isn't joking around.

Big Ten bowl projections: Week 4 - Big Ten Blog - ESPN

Outback Bowl (Jan. 1): Nebraska

JLew: Wow the B10 looks bad this year, man we should really get get around to winning it while it's ripe for the picking.

Salt Creek: If the defense builds on Saturday, we should have a pretty good shot at it.

Reaction Time: Big Ten's burning - Sunday Morning Quarterback

Can we get a measure of the Big Ten's non-conference schedule and losses versus other conferences (*cough* SEC *cough*) before we go bemoaning the terribleness of the Big Ten? That being said, who cares? The way the BCS is set up, your non-conference slate doesn't matter in November or December.

The Morning After: Utah State-Wisconsin MVPs, Final Thoughts - Bucky's 5th Quarter

The offense I saw was pretty terrible. Not sure how you can award MVPs on that. Ball was obviously the benefactor of a fantastic QB and a concrete offensive line last fall. He's still dangerous but I don't think Wisconsin is going to win the East this fall, even with Ohio State ineligible. (Watch for Purdue here.)

The AP Top 25 Poll | College Football

Ohio State and Michigan both fall despite wins. (Maize and Brew points out that Notre Dame, Florida and Stanford all jumped up in the polls, meaning both schools fell from attrition rather than resume questions.)

Ohio State 35 - Cal 28 In GIFs, Pictures - Land-Grant Holy Land

Evidently, Ohio State had a problem with the "tackling" thing this week. Something about those Pac-12 schools I guess. (Warning, GIF heavy. Don't attempt to load in IE6 or on a slow connection.)

Northwestern BoT Approves $250 Million Athletic Facilites Upgrade - Sippin' On Purple

Northwestern is going to be a force in the B1G West. Are we happy to be playing in the Big 12 South?

Quick Thoughts on Northwestern-Boston College, Being 3-0 - Sippin' On Purple

By far the best resume coming out of non-conference play so far, Northwestern is shaping up to be a serious threat in a down Big Ten.

Recap: Sorting Through The Wreckage - The Only Colors

I think conference play will be very cut-throat this fall. We might go full ACC, with weekly "upsets" and once again having divisions not decided until Thanksgiving weekend.

Ball State 41, Indiana 39: late comeback is for naught. - The Crimson Quarry

Indiana was showing promise but unfortunately, they're still behind some MAC schools. Oof. Is Kevin Wilson really willing to stay at Indiana long enough to get it to a competitive level for the B1G? (I don't think he is.)

Other Stories

Missouri lets everyone know again how happy it is to be in the SEC | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo! Sports

The ad was posted on Twitter by @TrentPearson26, and it gushes about the Georgia fans by saying "what a terrific bunch of visitors you were." Most fans are pretty upbeat when their team wins 41-20 like the Bulldogs did. It also touts that "both of our teams played an undeniably exciting and awesome game!" which isn't really true, and something that would draw blank stares if Auburn printed that in Alabama's student paper, or vice versa, after a loss.

JLew: LOL @ Missery. Worried that no one will like you in the SEC?

Week 3 Winners and Losers: Arkansas puts the ‘L’ in John L. Smith | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo! Sports

Sounds like playing Colorado is like scrimmaging against the tackling dummies. Eeesh. You'd think with a pretty backdrop, skiing and lax marijuana laws, Colorado would be rolling in the recruits.

Numbers don't lie: Stanford owns better football program than USC - Yahoo! Sports

The Pac-12 might shake out differently than anticipated. And that's good for college football. Just need someone in the SEC to topple Alabama.

Pitt flips the script on its dismal season, and Virginia Tech's - Sunday Morning Quarterback

Virginia Tech lost to Youngstown State by the transitive property and yet will probably still win their division and possibly the conference.

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How They Did: A Look at Our Upcoming and Past Opponents.

Click the link for a recap of each team's previous game.

Date Opponent Last Week This Week Record
9/1 Southern Miss vs East Carolina, L 14 -24 at Western Kentucky (2-1) 0-2
9/8 @UCLA vs Houston, W 37 - 6 vs Oregon State (1-0) 3-0
9/15 Arky State @ Nebraska, L 13 - 42 vs Alcorn St. (1-2) 1-2
9/22 FCS Idaho BYE at Nebraska (2-1) 1-1
9/29 Wisconsin? vs Utah State, W 16 - 14 vs UTEP (1-2) 2-1
10/6 @URBZville vs Cal, W 35 - 28 vs UAB (0-2) 3-0
10/13 BYE


10/20 @NU vs Boston College, W 22 - 13 vs South Dakota (1-1) 3-0
10/27 Mitten vs UMASS, W 63 - 13 @ Notre Dame (3-0) 2-1
11/3 @Mitten State vs Notre Dame, L 3 - 20 vs Eastern Mitten (0-3) 2-1
11/10 Penn State vs Navy, W 34 - 7 vs Temple (1-1) 1-2
11/17 Minnesota vs Western Michigan, W 28 - 23 vs Marshall (1-2) 3-0
11/23 @Iowa vs Northern Iowa, W 27 - 16 vs Central Mitten (1-1) 2-1

Overall: 23-11

We are currently will be playing all but one of the presently undefeated Big Ten teams (Purdue is the other team, my prohibitive favorite to win the East.)

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Have a great Monday! GO BIG RED!

-Salt Creek and Stadium

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