So what do we know about our Cornhuskers? Not too much, but at least we have moved off of DEFCON 2 around the state (That being the the next step to firing a coach). And what do we know about UCLA? Well they dominated their BYE on Sat after beating up on Nevada. SO as usual I have no idea what to expect going into Sat. Lets look at what everyone else knows about NU and UCLA.
Nebraska's defense performed much better in Week 2, as cornerbacks Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans both had pick-sixes. But the Huskers' performance came against a Southern Miss team that now has lost 14 straight.
Nebraska beat up on Southern Mississippi, 56-13, and did it (in part) with defense (4 INTs, 2 returned for TDs), which was encouraging for Cornhusker fans. Then again, it came against Southern Mississippi, which has a 14 game losing streak, so I'm not sure that we can take much from this. I think we'll know what Nebraska is after next week against UCLA.
As I write, the Huskers have opened up as four-point favorites over UCLA at home next Saturday. Sounds like Vegas has taken Nebraska off game one probation, but I’m not quite ready. All the requirements were met on my checklist, but I’m not giving the final approval stamp just yet.
We open as a 4 point favorite? Should NU be favored?
You never want to overreact to what you see in the first week of the college football season, and now we know why. The Illini struggled to hold off Southern Illinois while Cincinnati steamrolled Purdue. Surely there was no way the Illini would be able to beat the Bearcats. Vegas only has Cincinnati as touchdown favorites? How stupid are they? Well, 45-17 Illini. Oops. -JJ
Pretty much the worst that could have happen, happened on Saturday night. An amped crowd showed up ready for a show. Everyone was enthused and looking forward to the prospects of the season and then the Hoosiers did what they do every time they get some cultural momentum. They crap the bed. -JJ
Purdue's offensive line features four seniors, but has been a massive disappointment so far.
Ohio State entered their contest against the Aztecs looking to bounce back from a lackluster performance last week and make a statement. They did.
Nebraska's secondary: The Huskers bounced back from Week 1's scary defensive performance with a fine showing on that side of the ball in a 56-13 win over Southern Miss. Give a lot of credit to the Nebraska defensive backs. Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste returned an interception 43 yards for a score less than two minutes into the game. Nickelback Ciante Evans added two interceptions, and safety Corey Cooper grabbed his first career pick. Corner Josh Mitchell chipped in with three tackles for loss. The Huskers will need that kind of effort again next week versus UCLA.
It's never too early to make travel plans! Does a Jan 1 trip to the TaxSlayer.com (Ugh) Gator Bowl sound good?
A look at the past weekend's games..
Things are starting to move at Texas, and maybe at USC?
USC doesn't have an offense, Texas doesn't have a defense, and Iowa's trying to find one or the other. Just another week on the Hot Seat.
This was incredibly awkward to watch, (video at the link) and why in the hell was Eminem on college football anyway?
Huskers in the NFL
Two former players made headlines but for the wrong reasons.