UCLA Game Week Reads - September 4th, 2012


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

This week, Nebraska takes hopefully the first of two trips to the Rose Bowl this season, taking on UCLA this Saturday, 6:30 CDT on Fox.

Go Big Red!

In today's Reads, a UNL engineering student builds a robot, Pelini issues an injury update and Michigan loses a star on defense for the season. Those stories and more below.

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

N for 'Nowledge

UNL | News Release | Surgical robot by UNL engineering grad students wins national competition

Very cool! ROBOTS.

Volleyball (5-0)

Haggerty Earns Big Ten Honor - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Congratulations, Ms. Haggerty!

Football (1-0)

Nebraska's Rex Burkhead questionable for UCLA game - NCAA Football - SI.com

Get well soon, Mr. Burkhead.

(**) Lunch with Bo (Labor Day edition) : Husker Extra

Marlowe's surgery went well and he is expected to return by November. Ben Cotton should be back Saturday.

(**) Press Conference Quick Hits: Rex, Cotton, Bo and More | sports.omaha.com

"You’re not just thinking about the next couple quarters," Pelini said. "You’re thinking about the whole season. Not only the future of the team, but Rex’s future."

That's very humane of Pelini. The article also notes that Pelini thinks the defense is ahead. Some rumblings I've seen is that Nebraska hasn't been able to tackle QBs in practice to prevent injuries. Could just be talk, no clue.

More Nebraska football and other stories after the Jump!

(**) Maher's confidence not shaken by rough day : Husker Extra

I guess if Bo isn't worried, we shouldn't be either.

(**) Els: Special teams adjustments are coming : Husker Extra

Personnel changes are coming.

(**) Steven M. Sipple: QB guru likes Martinez's clinical performance : Husker Extra

We should send him a fruit basket if Martinez keeps this up all season.

(**) Martinez considers himself pass-first QB : Husker Extra

/not sure if serious

(**) So it wasn't a bad pass after all : Husker Extra

Bell says he ran a bad route.

UCLA (1-0)

Depth chart for UCLA game, 2012 -- HuskerMax™


Nebraska-UCLA stats -- HuskerMax™

The national #3 and #4 offenses meet in Pasadena on Saturday. Should be a good time. (Is the Rose Bowl under an overpass? Because that would be perfect.)

Nebraska-UCLA Release - Huskers.com

Hopefully the game is more like the regular season games against Washington than the bowl game.

Rating The UCLA Football Offense Through Week 1: Let's Give It A 8.7 - Go Joe Bruin - A UCLA Bruins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Go Joe Bruin rates their offense heading into Nebraska. Should be a stiff challenge.

UCLA Football vs. Rice Post-Game: BN Roundtable Discussion - Bruins Nation

Bruins Nation analyzes their game against Rice and looks for areas of improvement that'll need to be addressed before Saturday.

Women's Golf

Neisen, Wright Lead Youthful Huskers - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Another Nebraska team, another youth movement. Good luck, ladies!

Nebraska Alumni

Dennard happy to last with Patriots - Comcast SportsNet

Good luck to Dennard. It sounds like he'll be working very hard to keep his nose clean. The NFL needs more humble players like that.

Big Ten (10-2)

B1G 2012 // Week One - Margin Call - Off Tackle Empire

They just need that Mad Money guy with his various noise makers running in the background.

Purdue Boilermakers to honor Neil Armstrong on helmets - NCAA Football - SI.com

Very cool. Hopefully he propels them to a East Division title. Or at least to victory over Wisconsin.

Purdue to start QB TerBush at Notre Dame - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN

Interesting. Why would you bench Marve after his good outing? He obviously has control of the offense. Didn't work well for either Florida or USM during their games.

Blake Countess Injury: Michigan Starter Done For The Season - SBNation.com

Game-changer for Michigan? Sounds like the Alabama game was a loss all around for them.

Michigan regroups after Alabama thrashing - Yahoo! Sports

For the record, I don't think Hoke is suggesting they'll get a second shot at Alabama (although not entirely out of the question, given the formula - Alabama would gladly wallop them again for an easy trophy). He means that the team needs to move past the game mentally.

Big Ten weekend rewind: Week 1 - Big Ten Blog - ESPN

I am not forgiving Northwestern for making me miss the first fifteen minutes of the game.

Big Ten Week 2 preview - Big Ten Blog - ESPN

No. 17 Nebraska (1-0) at UCLA (1-0), 6:30 p.m., Fox: The Huskers go to the Rose Bowl for what they hope might be the first of two trips this season. Taylor Martinez looked terrific against Southern Miss and now goes back home to California. UCLA showed increased offensive firepower in an easy win over Rice, so this one could be a lot of fun.

I'm pretty excited.

Big Ten personnel notes entering Week 2 - Big Ten Blog - ESPN

Rough weekend for some of the Big Ten's heavy hitters on the injury front...and we haven't even started conference play.

Player of the Week: Big Ten - Big Ten Blog - ESPN

I think we'll be finding out soon that Boise State isn't the same Boise State we've all come to love or hate.

Other Sports

Report: Florida State DE Brandon Jenkins out for season with foot injury | SI Tracking Blog – Tracking MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and NCAA On Twitter

Ouch, get better soon. (Sounds like FSU will be okay though.)

One game in, Houston's offensive coordinator is out after opening day flop - CBSSports.com

Ooof. That was fast.

Washington Loses RB Jesse Callier, DE Hau'oli Jamora For Season - SBNation.com

Nine ACL injuries? That sounds absolutely Purdue-like.

Lowlights: Washington State's failure to launch, and more of the worst of Week 1 - CBSSports.com

Why we love college football: the potential for incredible acts of fail is so, so high.

Baby I'm Burnin': Auburn @ Mississippi State 2008 (HQ) - YouTube

Every time I watch this, I still can't believe this wasn't staged.

Caption contest: Mississippi State players get tackled by their own smoke machine | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo! Sports


Oklahoma State football: At least 19 walk-ons saw field against Savannah State | NewsOK.com

We need to schedule Savannah State.

Bob Bowlsby: Big 12 near $2.6 billion in new TV deals | SI Tracking Blog – Tracking MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and NCAA On Twitter

Should garner each league member $20 million a year. Think the Big Ten is more than that.

Bob Stoops confident Oklahoma can adjust after UTEP scare - NCAA Football - SI.com

I'm not claiming any originality here, but Oklahoma isn't going to win the Big 12 or go to a BCS game.

Vanderbilt's James Franklin heard from SEC after missed call - NCAA Football - SI.com

He was probably told "sorry 'bout that" because that makes things better.


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