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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.
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
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:
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.
Will and Jake do a fine job recapping the game but you have to admit: you want to see Jon post a video review.
No detention for the Huskers this week, but we're not hanging the performance up on the fridge either.
Colorado, official sponsor of our serial, Cobs of the Week. Or at least it seems like it.
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!
Don't work too hard, coach. Your team played well enough to keep the dogs off for a week.
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.
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.
I guess since we have tackling down, now we can figure out swing passes and hitches. Day by day, right?
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.
I'm not sure we can really appreciate what happened Saturday, but it's clear that Pelini is still pretty good at teaching.
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.
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.
The team responded well this week. Let's keep that momentum going forward. The B1G is looking dangerous in its mediocrity.
"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."
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!
Women's Soccer (4-4-1)
The Battle for the NU gets off to a great start! GREAT JOB, LADIES!
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.
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.
The Nebraska mens tennis team finished the first day of the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational on Friday night in Midland, Texas.
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.
For a guy we miss terribly, he's doing quite well. Keep it up, Lavonte!
Big Ten (26-10)
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.
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.
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 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.)
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.)
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 is going to be a force in the B1G West. Are we happy to be playing in the Big 12 South?
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.
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.
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.)
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?
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.
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.
Virginia Tech lost to Youngstown State by the transitive property and yet will probably still win their division and possibly the conference.
How They Did: A Look at Our Upcoming and Past Opponents.
|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|
|10/20||@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|