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Corn Flakes: Can Nebraska Win Without Ameer Abdullah?

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The gay kicker and the homophobe: Eric Lueshen's first-hand account of being an openly gay football player for the Nebraska Cornhuskers a decade ago - Outsports

Eric Lueshen's first-hand account of being an openly gay football player for the Nebraska Cornhuskers a decade ago.

Excellent article. Start here.

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Brady Hoke says a decision regarding freshman cornerback Jabrill Peppers' status is coming soon.

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Wisconsin prepares for Purdue Saturday, which boasts an offense that's given some defenses fits this season.

James Franklin and the terrible, mediocre, over-hyped coaching season - Off Tackle Empire
Four straight losses have some wondering if Coach Hype could be over-hyped.

At Rutgers, where things won't always look this bad -
Rutgers Homecoming was a pathetic sight Saturday, but don't think that somehow discredits its B1G bona fides.

State of the Race: Week 10 - Off Tackle Empire
Colder outside = hotter in the standings

By the numbers: Northwestern's 48-7 loss to Iowa - Inside NU
It was hard to find any positives in Saturday's box score.

November will determine how the West was won, and Iowa started it off on the right foot with a big win over Northwestern.

Football Five Factors: Buckeye Preview - The Only Colors
Looking ahead to the Buckeyes

Big Ten suspends Stefon Diggs, fines Maryland over pregame actions vs. Penn State - Testudo Times
The Big Ten has suspended Stefon Diggs one game, reprimanded Randy Edsall and fined the university $10,000 over the Terps' pregame actions against Penn State and game officials.

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From a conference standpoint, THOR+ feels Wisconsin currently has the best odds to win the Big Ten West. So, yes, Nebraska fans, the Huskers have the better shot at going 11-1 due to the fact that Wisconsin already has 2 losses, but those odds aren't currently as favorable as the Badgers running the table.

Indiana Basketball

Bad things are happening at Indiana.

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Due to failed drug tests.

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Dan Dakich: "Indiana basketball stands for nothing." - The Crimson Quarry
Former Indiana player / coach turned radio personality Dan Dakich took to the airwaves to lambast the program for what he sees as a systemic failure of the leadership up and down the program.

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"Young players tend to rally around each other, not disintegrate, at times like this."


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The NU Presidential Search Screening and Selection Committee on Nov. 3 named four finalists for the next president of the university.

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We're a challenger!

What did Tom Dienhart learn about Big Ten in Week 10? Here’s what! " Big Ten Network

6. Nebraska has to play better. Yes, the final score said the Cornhuskers dominated Purdue, 35-14. But the numbers tell a different story. Nebraska was out gained, 340-297, a season-low for NU.

The numbers do tell a different story. The offense was horrid. OTOH, Dienhart referred to us as NU!!!!

Which Came First? | Hail Varsity
Guard Mike Moudy says the line and the running backs don't play the chicken-and-egg game with Ameer Abdullah's success.

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Doc Speak: Abdullah's injury
Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah went down with a knee injury Saturday in the win over Purdue, and his status for the Husker’ contest...

To win the West, Nebraska needs Ameer Abdullah - ESPN

Without senior Ameer Abdullah at full strength or close to it, Nebraska will not win the West Division.

You'd like to think this won't be an issue, but for the sake of argument, let's assume it is. It'll make for a fun Tuesday discussion, won't it? (No, not really.)

There weren't a whole lot of positives from Saturday's game for the offense. Jake Cotton went the whole game without a penalty. The whole offensive line didn't commit a single penalty for that matter. That's good, right?

The whole performance was off, however, so maybe we'd prefer Jake Cotton pick up a personal foul or a holding call if that's what it takes.

Abdullah has two weeks to heal up. The offense, the whole lot of it besides Abdullah, has two weeks to get their collective crap together. Wisconsin gets Purdue this coming weekend, and if the Badgers shellack them, the angst during Wisconsin week is going to be at the high point of the season.

The Badgers are 11th nationally in rush defense; fourth against the pass and first nationally in total defense (I'm not making you feel any better am I?). They're third in rushing offense; 25th total.

You'd like to think that Nebraska's offensive line would be capable of pushing around the Badger front four, but the offensive line isn't even settled nine games into the season as evident by snap problems during the Purdue game. On the positive side, this is a line that ran over Miami in a game where Abdullah got to run through holes. It can be done.