Nebraska heads into its most important game of the year with a makeshift defensive line as last evening we were informed that our sack leader Freedom Akinmoladun had a knee injury and would miss the next couple weeks.
Freedom makes the fifth player on the Nebraska defensive line missing time due to injury so far this season. Kevin Maurice, Kevin Williams, Vincent Valentine, and Jack Gangwish have all missed time.
It has to have Nebraska fans wondering "What's with all the injuries?".
Last year we would have blamed strength and conditioning coach James Dobson. That doesn't seem to be the case this year, maybe because (legendary) Boyd Epley is back in charge and/or Mark Phillips looks like a beast and you would do well not to challenge him lest he injure you by merely thinking about it.
Injuries haven't just hit Nebraska. They're everywhere this season, worse than any season I can remember.
Wisconsin comes into Saturday's game missing star running back Corey Clement, two offensive guards (Ray Ball, Jon Dietzen), tight end Austin Taylor and wide receiver Alex Erickson. Erickson is the Badgers' leading receiver while Taylor is third. Two more offensive linemen (OTs Beau Benzschawel and Hayden Biegel) are listed as questionable for Saturday.
Last week's opponent, Illinois, will have 11 players miss this weekend's game. That includes four players out for the season. Next week's opponent, Minnesota, goes into this weekend with 12 players listed as injured or questionable, including five defensive backs, three offensive linemen and two tight ends.
Pay attention to how many linked articles below are about or discuss injuries to key players.
I have no idea what's going on. Maybe #karma? Maybe athletes are bigger and stronger than ever. The new concussion protocol is certainly having an effect, and perhaps that, along with what happened to Tim Beckman, is leading to more caution on the part of how coaching staffs are handling injuries.
Previews And Such
Injury update: Illinois running back Josh Ferguson will not play vs. Iowa - The Champaign Room
True freshman running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn to start.
Behind Enemy Lines: Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Iowa Hawkeyes 2015 - The Champaign Room
Ross from BHGP joins us to preview the Iowa game.
What are the chances Nate Sudfeld and Jordan Howard suit up for the Hoosiers against Penn State? - The Crimson Quarry
It's time to play everybody's least favorite game show: WILL THEY PLAY?
Minnesota Football: The Turning Point For Gopher Football 2015 - The Daily Gopher
After getting manhandled by Northwestern and a refocus on the basics is this the turning point for the Gopher season?
Interviews with the Enemy: A Q&A with The Daily Gopher - Hammer and Rails
Mark Mowery of SB Nation's the Daily Gopher stops by to talk about Saturday's game.
Football is Dead: A Minnesota vs. Purdue Preview - Off Tackle Empire
Saturday's showdown between the Gophers and Boilermakers is not for the faint of heart.
Offensive line play has been a big story this season, so we thought it might be a good time to chat with former Minnesota offensive lineman Derek Burns. Big, strong offensive lineman are not particularly rare in high school but big, strong offensive lineman with good footwork are.
Good article. Note the quote in bold above. It's a common misconception that because a kid is big and strong that they'll make a good D1 lineman. As Burns points out, it's the feet that count.
Northwestern injury report vs. Michigan: Garrett Dickerson, Geoff Mogus healthy - Inside NU
Superback Garrett Dickerson and left tackle Geoff Mogus were not listed on No. 13 Northwestern's injury report released Thursday evening ahead of the program's matchup with No. 18 Michigan on...
Pound The Talk: Northwestern-Michigan preview - Inside NU
Ben Goren, Henry Bushnell and... wait for it... MICHAEL STERN — HE'S BACK — look ahead to Northwestern's big matchup again Michigan, and discuss the similarities and differences between to two...
Opponent Q&A: Previewing Northwestern-Michigan with Maize N Brew's Drew Hallett - Inside NU
Every Thursday during football season, we'll be reaching out to opponent SB Nation sites or opponent beat writers to give readers another perspective on Saturday's upcoming game.
Northwestern's coming for you, Michigan - Off Tackle Empire
3 Years of pain will be avenged!
Can Ohio State get out of their offensive funk against Maryland? - Land-Grant Holy Land
Maryland is far from efficient, but every now and then they seem to hit a big play -- will they find any holes in the Ohio State defense?
What would Maryland have to do to upset Ohio State this week? - Land-Grant Holy Land
We asked Pete Volk of SB Nation and Testudo Times to find out, and more
Michigan State Spartans Football: The Only Questions with Rutgers - The Only Colors
We mounted our valiant steeds and rode to The Birthplace Of College Football to talk MSU-Rutgers with Aaron Breitman of On The Banks. Hey wait...
Penn State-Indiana Game Preview - Black Shoe Diaries
Penn State looks to advance to 2-0 in Big Ten play against the resurgent Indiana Hoosiers. Penn State (4-1, 1-0) vs. Indiana (4-1, 0-1) Kickoff: Noon, Beaver...
Rutgers v. Michigan State: Q&A with The Only Colors - On the Banks
Michigan State and Rutgers will play each other for the seventh time in their series history this Saturday, but only the second as Big Ten East divisional foes. The all-time series is tied 3-3,...
Terrapins mailbag: If Randy Edsall is fired, what does Maryland do next? - Testudo Times
With the head football coach's status in flux, Maryland's future path isn't easy to figure.
Maryland to fire Randy Edsall barring "unexpected" reversal, per reports - Testudo Times
The Terrapins will likely part ways with their head football coach by the end of this weekend's game against Ohio State, according to an Inside Maryland Sports report.
The former star running back is accused of killing Damion Soward while in prison
Phillips preferred solitary. Why did they assign him a cellmate, especially one that had so many previous incidents of violence?
UW's offense needs to respond from its rough outing on Saturday, even with the possibility of two more starters out with injury.
33rd start for Joel Stave. Holy cow!
Wisconsin football: Tight end Austin Traylor will miss 4-8 weeks for Badgers - Bucky's 5th Quarter
Tough blow for Traylor and the Wisconsin passing game.
I don't really care about this stuff but many of you do. So... they're leaving Adidas?