I have some startling news for you, news you don’t want to hear. We’ll ease into it so that you’re not so crushed that you pass out while working and they find all those web sites on your screen while they’re hauling you off in an ambulance.
Wisconsin plays Iowa this weekend. Wisconsin already has two conference losses to Ohio State and Michigan. Iowa has a conference loss to Northwestern but losing to Wisconsin would give the Hawkeyes a second conference loss.
Iowa has a 35% chance of winning against Wisconsin, 31% against Penn State, and an 8% of winning against Michigan. Add in a loss against Nebraska, and that's four more conference losses on the season.
Nebraska has yet to play both of these teams, as well as Ohio State. SBNation's Bill Connelly projects the Huskers have a 36% chance of winning at Wisconsin, 18% at Ohio State, and a 57% chance at Iowa.
Wisconsin is favored in their remaining games (look at all those W’s under the “Proj W-L” column), so Nebraska either needs to make damned sure they win in Madison next week OR have the Badgers lose another conference game. Nebraska is closest in the possibility of handing the Badgers another conference loss, but.... do you want to rely on that?
This assumes that there are no huge surprises such as Minnesota suddenly playing like the top team in the nation for the remainder of the season.
Therefore, Nebraska fans need to root for Iowa to knock off Wisconsin this weekend.
You may now proceed to tell me about all the things you’d rather do than root for Iowa under any circumstance.
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Nebraska ran its first offensive play from scrimmage against Indiana, and right tackle David Knevel, already bothered by a sore ankle, lay on the ground as he repeatedly pounded his fist into the turf.
Purdue is under an interim coach and plays a top 10 team on the road, so expectations are low.
I hope we’re not going into Purdue expecting them to lie down and die. With Hazell gone, they could be rejuvenated and come away with a surprise win that would be disastrous for where Nebraska is right now.
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The first matchup since 2012 could get rather ugly.
Y'all want to go to Evanston, play a game at 11 AM, and try to get the offense back on track?
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n a lawsuit filed in federal court, Howard alleges that he was teased and bullied by upperclassmen wide receivers Doni Dowling and David Eldridge because of Howard’s “soft-spoken and mild-mannered nature.”
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They had to know this would happen.
Then There's This:
For movies that are meant to be accessible to children, they can be sharply daring in the directions they take. Ellie Fredricksen's life montage at the beginning of Up, the toys grimly facing oblivion together at the end of Toy Story 3, and Bing Bong's tear-jerking decision in Inside Out all tap into painful emotions around death in order to underline the joy the characters feel around life. But none of these films gets as dark as Borrowed Time