A run-down of sporting stories from the weekend covering Nebraska athletics, the Big Ten and around the world.
Taylor Martinez is really excited for football, James Delany climbs a mountain and Sparty looks to be the team to beat this fall. Those stories and more below.
3 days to kickoff! It's Southern Miss Game Week!
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Nebraska Football and other stories after the Jump!
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Huskers Brace for "Unknown" vs. USM - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
John Papuchis - inspiring confidence!
Three Keys to Nebraska's Season - Dave Feit - HuskerMax.com
Quite frankly, I think these represent not only this season but every season. Our inability to manage these the last four seasons has kept this team from championships.
Nebraska Cornhuskers 2012 college football season preview - BeyondtheBets.com
If the biggest question on this team is our defense, I like our chances this fall.
(**) Steven M. Sipple: With signs of maturity, Huskers could win big : Husker Extra
If we can manage to control the violent mood swings, Nebraska should be able to manage a 10 or 11 win season.
Martinez strives to overcome criticism, optimistic about 2012 season - Sports - Daily Nebraskan - University of Nebraska - Lincoln : News, Husker Sports, Opinion, and Video
I'm excited to see this energetic offense we've been promised!
Hail Varsity: Meet the ‘Wild Bunch’
Sounds like the offense will be tested Saturday. (And remember how we were lamenting how McKewon's writing seems held back? Vogel sort of fills that void.)
Hail Varsity: The Battle at Backup Quarterback
Carnes is not the No. 2. Or the No. 3. I'm surprised.
NCAA College Football Preview - Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at Nebraska Cornhuskers - Sep 01, 2012 - CBSSports.com
CBS reviews the game on Saturday.
(**) Five things you should know ... : Husker Extra
The game itself is merely a single act in the production of a Nebraska home game.
(**) East Stadium will be done next year, but for now some detours for fans : The Lincoln Journal Star Online
A reminder that East Stadium is a work in progress - but Memorial will be quite pretty next fall, don't you think?
(**) Nyatawa: NU tight end Cotton proving plenty valuable - Omaha.com
Let's hope Ben has a big fall.
(**) Nebraska recruit watch, 8/28 : Husker Extra
The LJS gives a run-down on how Nebraska recruits are faring during their high school seasons.
Women's Soccer (2-3-0)
Romero Helps Mexico Advance at FIFA U-20 World Cup - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Good luck in the quarterfinals!
Meet the Huskers at the Home Run Club Meet-N-Greet - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Want to meet the baseball team? Here you go!
Burroughs, Larson Cement Their Places in Husker History - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
Randy York checks in with Burroughs and Larson after their successful Olympics.
Big Ten (0-0)
Big Ten commish takes on Kilimanjaro - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
Yes, but who was first? Delany or the C-USA Commissioner? Our fate hangs in the balance!
Michigan could start repairing Big Ten football reputation vs defending champ ‘Bama - The Washington Post
My money is on Sparty here.
Top Big Ten games to watch in 2012 - Big Ten Blog - ESPN
Plenty of Nebraska mixed in.
Badgers football: Bret Bielema jokes about his 'Iowa math'
...people might question his math skills so he quickly interrupted his train of thought to correct the record. "You know I went to Iowa, but geez," Bielema said, laughing.
Stop making me want to like you, Biels!
Penn State football: Ohio coach Solich, like Bill O'Brien, once replaced a legend | Sports | CentreDaily.com
Did you know Solich followed a legend? Well, let the Centre Daily Times tell you about it. (I think Solich's situation was a slight bit different than O'Brien's.)
No. 7 Michigan State: Pre-Snap Read
Pre-Snap Read reallllllly likes Sparta.
Tulane changes its mind and flees New Orleans with Hurricane Isaac approaching | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo! Sports
Probably for the best.
Hurricane Isaac forces postponement of Louisiana Tech-Texas A&M game | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo! Sports
Texas A&M loses their tune-up game before playing Florida.
Richt won't say if Rambo, Ogletree will play - Yahoo! Sports
Which is worse? Hoke letting Toussaint play or Richt playing games over his players' suspensions?
Florida OC: 2-QB rotation probably a 1-week deal - Yahoo! Sports
Unless one of them can be Chris Leak's Tebow, I doubt they play two QBs against Texas A&M.
Playoff selection committee college football's next controversy - Pete Thamel - SI.com
"I don't know the exact way to set the committee," Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. "But I do know this: It's going to be one of the most important elements of the whole playoff system."
And water is wet.
Forde-Yard Dash: A breathless sprint to start the 2012 college football season - Yahoo! Sports
The Dash returns...which can only mean one thing...FOOTBALL.
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