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We can't stop hearing about it, we can't stop talking about it.

Ugh.

Let's move on, shall we?

We have a pretty decent Minnesota squad coming to town this weekend, and it's a game that Nebraska needs to win.

Last year's Minnesota game was an exercise in frustration as a fan. Minnesota ran the same pass play on third down often enough that you didn't have to guess at what was coming. Drag a tight end under and receiver on the same route ten yards deeper, roll the quarterback in that direction and the Gophers picked their open target every time. It was maddening.

There's no big secret about what they'll be doing this year. David Cobb off tackle, David Cobb up the middle, play-action to Maxx Williams. Keep the chains moving and keep the offense on the field.

There are times at which Nebraska's offense and defense don't compliment each other very well. The offense goes into a mode where they're going three and out, and the defense gets worn down. Minnesota should see a heavy dose of run from Tim Beck, given that the offensive line might be bothered to open some holes for Imani Cross and Terrell Newby. Tommy Armstrong needs to have some good things happen in this game or you have to wonder about how he's going to do long term.

I live in Minnesota. I caught a fair amount of flak last season. It was deserved, their first win against Nebraska since 1960. The Gopher fans in my life (they do exist) are already gearing up this year, smelling blood. They have nothing to lose - Minnesota fans don't expect a whole lot out of their football team, but if they could beat Nebraska in Lincoln...

Lose this one and all hell will break loose. I suppose some might find joy in that if they want Pelini fired. I find no joy in Nebraska losing football games, no matter what the circumstance.

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Our blogger brethren at Corn Nation answers some questions about how best to enjoy a road trip to Lincoln.

READ THIS and help them out with suggestions over at The Daily Gopher. Please!

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Northwestern. Let's talk Northwestern. Nebraska vs Missouri in the Outback Bowl

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We won't stop hearing about this game for... ever?

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Of course you're popular, but that has no direct correlation with how good you are. I guess there's a chance that you are actually something of a savant, but that seems like we're being generous. I think the fact that you keep getting prime time slots is a testament to your brand, because when you're there, you look anything but interesting. It's probably because... /Wisconsin scored again

Hey, the good news is that we get to play Wisconsin every year for the rest of our lives.

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I have no idea if Nebraska is actually the second-best team in the Big Ten, because nobody has any idea what the second-best team in the Big Ten is. Six teams — Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota — are expected to finish second through seventh in the league, but how that shakes out is anybody’s guess.

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A higher level mathematical and inferential review of certain topics that arose from snowy battle between Minnesota and Ohio State.

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Purdue faces a struggling, but dangerous Northwestern team on Senior Day.

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The slip screen to Evan Spencer was a game changing play vs. Minnesota. We break it down.

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This is bullcrap.

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In which we preview Iowa's showdown with Wisconsin on Saturday.

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Nebraska's chances are 2%. Wisconsin has to lose to Iowa. Well, weirder things have happened, but I still don't think I can bring myself to root for Iowa in this one. We had our shot, we blew it.

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Nebraska volleyball is currently #4 in the conference with a 12-4 record, just behind Illinois at 13-3, Penn State at 14-2, and Wisconsin at 15-1.

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