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Flakes reminds you the Husker women play Penn State tonight, takes a tour around several Husker sports including Andy Janovich's NFL dreams, new helmet design, and takes a closer look at the Alabama onside kick.

David McGee

Good morning Corn Nation! I am excited to report that Nebraska is supposed to emerge from the deep freeze and get into warm-ish temperatures (for January anyway) today. I am not sure how to celebrate yet. Maybe I will go for a run.

That will end in me dragging my sorry, out-of-shape carcass back to the house by crawling in the half-melted snow. Maybe I will harness the dog to one of the kids' sleds...just in case.

Tonight, the Husker women take on Penn State at 6 p.m. in University Park, PA. The Huskers are 10-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference. The Lady Lions are 6-9 overall and 1-3 in the conference. While this looks like a game Nebraska should win, Penn State's lone conference victory came over ranked Northwestern (a team that hammered the Huskers by over 20). Nebraska has yet to win a road game, although to be fair, this will be the first unranked opponent the Huskers play on the road.

Huskers Shoot for Road Win at Penn State - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
The Nebraska women's basketball team travels to University Park, Pa., in search of its first road win of the season on Wednesday, when the Huskers take on Penn State. Tip-off between the Big Red and the Lady Lions is set for 6 p.m. (CT) at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Want to rewatch that amazing Glynn Watson no-look, behind-the-back pass? Your wish is granted.

Top highlights from Tuesday’s Big Ten men’s basketball action " Big Ten Network
There were three Big Ten men's basketball games on Tuesday. Northwestern kicked off the action with an impressive 70-65 win over Wisconsin. Michigan followed with a huge 70-67 upset victory over No. 3 Maryland. Nebraska closed out the

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Elsewhere in college sports...

The Huskers show up in a couple of places on the list.

Instant classic: Alabama-Clemson crash-lands into top 10 title games ever
It wasn't quite Texas-USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl, but Clemson-Alabama is in the conversation for best title game ever. What other classics rank among history's top 10 championship battles?

After a big breakout year by Big Ten baseball teams in 2015, they were rewarded by being completely shut out of the 2016 preseason top 25. To be fair, Maryland might be the only team with a real gripe. The rest of the B1G has a lot to prove, like playing well year after year rather than being a one-hit wonder.

2016 D1Baseball Preseason Top 25 - D1Baseball.com
Florida fell just short of playing for a national title in 2015, but the Gators are loaded heading into 2016 and spearhead our Preseason Top 25 rankings.

For those of you that follow basketball - a sad story. Cancer sucks.

Former Butler star Andrew Smith dies after battling cancer
Andrew Smith's basketball skills made him a fan favorite at Butler. Teammates, coaches, family and friends always knew there was a lot more to Smith than that. Athletic director Barry Collier spoke with Smith's family before issuing a joint statement with university President James Danko.

Seattle-based VICIS unveils new design for football helmets
A new football helmet with an exterior shell that can absorb hits like a car bumper and has four layers of protection was unveiled on Tuesday by Seattle-based VICIS, which hopes the benefit of protection will offset an expensive purchase price. The ZERO1 helmet is expected to be available for testing

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Former Fiesta Bowl executive director John Junker talks about his fall from grace

How much margin for error did the Crimson Tide have in the onside kick that changed the national title game? Not much (although Clemson made it easy by not defending a big chunk of the field).

Alabama Crimson Tide use onside kick to beat Clemson Tigers in national championship
Bama turned to a trick play that hadn't always worked in practice, but on Monday against Clemson the onside kick was executed to perfection.

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