Each week we will go over Nebraska's non-conference opponents and how they fared against their competition.
Well, Nebraska's non-conference opponents had great weekends this past week. They went 4-0 and one of our opponents cracked the Top-25.
Tennessee-Chattanooga - Last week - Western Carolina (W, 51-7). This week @ Elon.
On the very first play from scrimmage in his first career start, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga quarterback Terrell Robinson took off on a 32-yard run. It was that kind of night for Robinson and the Mocs. "Is that how long it was?" he asked later. "I didn't really know. I just ran the ball, got a big gain and on to the next play." Robinson, whose nickname is "Silk," gave Mocs fans plenty of reason to smile Saturday. The redshirt freshman ran the ball effectively, ran the offense and threw three touchdown passes in the Mocs' 51-7 homecoming rout of Western Carolina.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defensive tackle Keyon Reed returned to the field Saturday for the first time since he was arrested on a domestic assault charge on Sept. 18. Reed started two of UTC's first three games, making seven tackles, including a sack. Saturday, in his first action since the Eastern Kentucky game on Sept. 17, Reed forced a fumble on a sack and later recovered a fumble. "It's just good to play football again," Reed said after UTC's 51-7 win over Western Carolina.
Fresno State - Last week - Utah State (W, 31-21). This week @ Nevada.
If Fresno State goes on to win a Western Athletic Conference football title, the Bulldogs potentially will point to Saturday night as what ignited the championship run. The quest for an outright conference crown remains far from over, but it likely would never have gotten far off the ground if not for Fresno State's 31-21 win against Utah State before an announced homecoming crowd of 28,854 at Bulldog Stadium.
The Fresno State defense finally buckled down in the second half and the special teams had a crucial blocked field goal to preserve a 31-21 victory over WAC opponent Utah State.
Fresno State played well considering Utah State hung 63 on Wyoming the week before.
The Huskies compiled nearly 400 yards of offense in the first half and led 38-10 at the break behind scoring passes of 17, 11, 14 and four yards by the sophomore quarterback. Price has 21 touchdown passes this year, tied for fourth on Washington's all-time single-season list.
After a 5-1 start to the season that included a 52-24 win over Colorado Saturday, the Washington Huskies are ranked in each of the two major Top 25 polls released this morning. The Huskies are 22nd in the AP Top 25 and 24th in the USA Today/Coaches Poll.
It's always nice to see Colorado lose. So Washington spanks CU and we beat Washington. I think it's fair to say that Nebraska > Colorado this year too.
The Huskies have a big game this week @Stanford. The Cardinal really have not been tested yet this year and this should be a pretty decent match up involving two of the top three teams from the PAC-12 North.
Wyoming Cowboys - Last week - UNLV (W, 41-14). They are off this week (2nd time in three weeks).
This time, the Wyoming Cowboys actually catch a break. For the second time in three weeks, the UW football team is on a bye week and it comes directly at the midpoint of their season. Unlike the situation three weeks ago, however, UW coach Dave Christensen gave his team some time off following Saturday's 41-14 victory over UNLV and he'll get out of town to do some recruiting as well.
Brett Smith passed for two touchdowns and caught a pass for another to lead Wyoming past UNLV 41-14 on Saturday. The victory, in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams, snapped a two-game losing streak for Wyoming (4-2, 1-0). It was Wyoming's fourth consecutive home-game victory against the Rebels.
Wyoming will have a tough go at it from here on out. They can get to bowl eligibility (New Mexico and Colorado State are both winnable), but TCU, San Diego State, Air Force and Boise State will be tough. Win a game that they shouldn't and they will finish in the top half of the Mountain West.