Here's Tuesday's reads offered without any commentary and in no particular order.
No game might have been bigger for the Wildcats last season, their 28-25 upset of the then-No. 9 Cornhuskers on the road helping right the ship toward its fourth bowl appearance under coach Pat Fitzgerald. ``I remember just walking off the field, seeing a sea of red and we were able to silence the crowd,’’ he said. ``I remember just the feeling in the locker room afterward.’’
Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck addressed the media after practice. Beck said that the offense will have its work cut out for it on Saturday against the Wildcats defense. The Wildcats are second in the Big Ten and 22nd nationally against the run, allowing just 109.9 yards per game on the ground.
Northwestern-Nebraska Depth Chart: Daniel Jones in at CB for Quinn Evans - Sippin' On Purple
Northwestern will start Daniel Jones at cornerback against Nebraska instead of Quinn Evans or Demetrius Dugar.
ALL BLACK EVERYTHING: NU's playing the Blackshirts Saturday with Nebraska coming to Ryan Field, and you're damn right Northwestern is busting out black uniforms.
Whheooooooo - black uniforms!
So Saturday's itinerary will call for an early breakfast and a nap at around 9:30. Fitzgerald almost could not believe he agreed to it. "Unbelievable," he said. "This is what I get paid to do. Seriously. Create nap time. It's pathetic." A snooze-in at the team hotel six hours before kickoff? Quarterback Kain Colter loves the idea. "We'll wake up, have our pregame meal, do our mental things and then have a mandatory nap," he said. "Those hotel beds are really comfortable and the pillows are soft. … (Then) we'll come down refreshed and ready to kick some butt."
In the first five games of the year, we had Kain Colter starting and doing his thing. And every few series, Trevor Siemian would come in to give defenses a completely different look for a drive or two. Opposing teams had TWO gameplans to develop to stop our offense, and we'd mix and match with about a 60/40 Colter:Siemian ratio to keep them off balance. But the last two games, our quarterback rotation has been, in a word, confounding. We have not mixed and matched. We have used one quarterback primarily, leaving the other to stay cold on the sidelines. Against Penn State, Siemian was QB1A, while Colter got a mere 14 snaps out of 61 plays. Against Minnesota, the situation was reversed, as Siemian got just 10 out of 51 plays.
The Michigan Wolverines will have starting quarterback Denard Robinson at their disposal on Saturday, as the team's official Twitter sent out a quote from him saying that he's "ready to play." The Wolverines will take on rival Michigan State on Saturday, and there was some doubt as to Robinson's status, as he hurt his right pinkie in the first quarter of a game against Illinois.
Columbus sports talk radio personality Scott "The Torg" Torgersen had some very sensational comments about ESPN's Desmond Howard over the weekend. His co-host Kirk Herbstreit took offense.
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill released from hospital - SBNation.com
Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill is doing better and will be back coaching the Gophers on Monday after suffering a seizure following the Gophers' loss to Northwestern on Saturday.
Q&A with Husker offensive lineman Spencer Long - Omaha.com
The former walk-on from Elkhorn has started 19 straight games at right guard on the offensive line. He also is coming off a sophomore season in which he was voted second-team All-Big Ten by media covering the league.
Well over a million Husker fans also are evaluating. Judging by the e-mail I get, a lot of them are chewing on this question: Has Bo Pelini hit his ceiling as head coach at the University of Nebraska? The recent evidence does not look encouraging. For the first two and a half years of Bo Pelini's tenure at Nebraska, it felt like the Huskers were slowly getting better. Two years later, the Huskers have sunk into the mushy middle of major college football.