We almost...almost! had an all-NU edition of the Cobs of the Week...which shouldn't be unexpected when our favorite football program drops a turd in the punch bowl. Problem is that the 2015 Huskers are starting to challenge Dan Hawkins and Kirk Ferentz in the all-time annals of the Cob.
If that doesn't give you pause, I don't know what will.
But we must press onward with this week's nominees for the worst of the weekend in college football. And if anybody ever thinks that we pick on some teams more than other, let the record show that we are hardest on ourselves. (We have ethics, you know?)
Big Ten Referees
Even before the Northwestern game was over, we already had a nomination for the Big Ten's referees. At that point, one member of the CN staff thought that they had missed about 85 holds.
Nebraska's special teams gave up 147 yards on seven returns, while only gaining 37 yards on four returns. Does anybody have any idea what special teams coordinator Bruce Read has been trying to get Jordan Stevenson to do on kickoff returns? Having a dedicated special teams coordinator is paying off big-time...for the Read family.
Nebraska's Offensive Line
As the game went on, the Nebraska offensive line became more and more...well, offensive to Husker fans. No room to run in the second half, and Dean Lowry probably will be named Big Ten defensive player of the week for his exploits. (We nominate these over the weekend, so the official announcement from the league office will probably be coming out at the same time as this.) Since Nebraska doesn't substitute on the offensive line, we'll just have to go by the word of the coaches that these are the best five linemen available.
Florida State flubbed on multiple chances to beat Georgia Tech, including a 56 yard field goal attempt on the last play of the game...that was blocked. Ignoring the pleadings of his head coach (who was calling for nobody to touch the ball and just send the game into overtime), Tech's Lance Austin picked up the ball at the 25 yard line and then started a dash to the other side of the field. The 'Noles weren't quite aware of what was happening until it was too late... Austin scored, and Tech had pulled off the upset.
The Al Golden era finished with a spectacular crash, as Miami lost 58-0 to Clemson. Rodger Sherman has all of the gory details, but we'll give you this tasty nugget of Clemson sacking Brad Kaaya with a two man rush.
Yes...a two man rush.