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Yesterday I walked into a customer site and into a room were a few people were milling around engaging in conversation. They are all people I've worked with for quite a while but one of them upon seeing me turned in his chair and said, "At least you scored three and didn't get shut out".

This caught me completely by surprise as everyone else there was talking about their shock over the election results. My only response to him was to point at him and say "you bastard" and walk out of the room.

I’m sure he was just waiting for me to show up, so he could use that line and see the reaction and the look on my face.

62-3 games are the type that suck the life out of a season. We’ve talked about how Nebraska has been a mentally tough team earlier in the season; it’ll be time to show that for the rest of it.

The same might be said for the fans. Fans don’t have nearly as much influence on anything as we’d like to think so, but we can still making other people miserable by going around calling for someone or everyone to be fired because of one really shitty day.

I’d caution against this. One game is not a whole season. The future still looks pretty decent.

Nebrasketball

Did you guys read the Nebrasketball pre-season roundtable? Will you be paying attention to the men’s basketball team? Do you have hope for a good season? What do you define as a good season?

Our guys seem cautiously excited about this season. I’m still hopeful that Tim Miles can continue to build the program, put a winning team together and win a friggin’ NCAA tourney game before I die (again).

Tommy Armstrong

Regarding his concussion - since the heart attack and subsequent brain injury diagnosis, I’ve learned way more about brain injuries than I ever expected.

Brains are still a great unknown as are concussions, and people react differently to injury. Just because Armstrong was knocked unconscious does not mean he had a concussion, nor does it mean that that concussion is more severe than if he were not knocked out.

Symptoms can tend to linger, or they can show up days later. We might hear today whether Tommy is cleared to play; I would be amazed if he is. That leads me to...

Ryker Fyfe

I don’t think I’ve seen a single positive thing said online about this young man. That’s too bad. He is still a Husker, he is our current backup, and he’s most likely going to start against Minnesota.

He’s played in 14 games in his career with only one start. His career stats: 46-for-90 for 578yards with seven touchdowns and 6 interceptions. His one start came last year against Purdue when he was 19-for-34 for 208 yards and three interceptions with one touchdown. He saw significant playing time last week against Ohio State when he went 5-for-18 for 52 yards and an interception.

Granted, not great stats, and both significant losses.

In defense of Fyfe, both games were debacles. Nebraska chose to throw the ball all over the place at Purdue, and it didn’t help that the defense was it’s own horror story. At Ohio State, the entire team fell apart. It is pretty damned hard to be an effective captain when your ship has already been shot out from underneath you.

Holy crap, give the guy a chance.

According to SBN’s Bill Connelly, Nebraska has a 61% chance of beating Minnesota with a projected score of 28-24.

http://www.footballstudyhall.com/pages/2016-nebraska-advanced-statistical-profile

That does not take into account the loss of a starting quarterback.

News

Gophers football coaches scrutinize six targeting calls - StarTribune.com

Coach Tracy Claeys has spoken of the need for the NCAA to address "unavoidable" targeting penalties, where the ball carrier makes it almost impossible for the defender to avoid a penalty.

Mix of passing, running will be vital for Gophers against Nebraska - StarTribune.com

If the Gophers are to beat No. 21 Nebraska on Saturday, quarterback Mitch Leidner might need to blend his passing and rushing talents.

Huskers Prepare for Golden Gophers - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

“Tommy has progressed normally through the protocol to this point. As you probably gather from similar injuries in the past, it’s day to day until he is finally cleared. He is not finally cleared. He will be doing football-related activities tomorrow.” Coach Riley said. “If he goes through that all day tomorrow and does some stuff which probably means he can throw the ball around a little bit and maybe even do some pass skeleton. I’ve got to check on that for sure but I think we can get that far. As long that he is in no situation where he has any contact. That’s the kind of stuff he’ll be doing…Then we’ll see, if that passes and everything goes good, then he would be available for the game.”

Armstrong return to sideline after KO 'atypical,' not wrong

His rapid return was encouraging to anyone who saw Armstrong lay motionless following a hit by Malik Hooker on Saturday night. It also was a bit surprising.

Nebraska Volleyball Announces Five Signees - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Five student-athletes will join the Nebraska volleyball program next fall, Head Coach John Cook announced on Wednesday, Nov. 9, the first day of the National Letter of Intent signing period. Four of the five players in Nebraska's 2017 class come from the Midwest, and four of the five received Under Armour All-America recognition or honorable mention this fall.

Huskers Announce Addition of Five Talented Student-Athletes - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Five talented student-athletes will join the Nebraska softball team next fall, Head Coach Rhonda Revelle announced on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Huskers Travel to Wisconsin for Warhawk Invitational - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

The top-ranked Nebraska bowling team has its sights set on its first tournament championship of the season this Friday through Sunday at the Warhawk Invitational at Sheridan Lanes in Kenosha, Wis.

Huskers Sign Top In-State Recruit Taylor Kissinger - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

The top-ranked high school recruit in the state of Nebraska, Taylor Kissinger signed her National Letter of Intent to join the Nebraska women’s basketball team for the 2017-18 season on the first day of fall signing period on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Huskers Host Jackrabbits in NCAA First Round - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

The Nebraska soccer team (11-5-4, 5-3-3 Big Ten) opens its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history by hosting South Dakota State on Friday at Barbara Hibner Stadium, starting at 7:05 p.m. (CT).

Big Ten

KIRK SPEAKS: MICHIGAN - Black Heart Gold Pants

Penn State's running back after the game just said you could see they didn't want to be out there anymore. Sometimes I'm sure that happens with teams where you get down so far that you've kind of lost the will as much as anything, but there's a fine line between that and quit. Do you see that as just a situation where they kind of got out of hand and it wasn't quitting, or do you have any concerns about that?

Penn State at Indiana Game Preview: The Hoosiers have one final chance at a big upset in Bloomington - The Crimson Quarry

#10 Penn State is coming to town and while Indiana doesn't need the victory to stay on schedule for a bowl game, they have a chance to get a season-defining victory and achieve bowl eligibility...

Where are We Wednesday, Week 11: It’s time to take care of business - Inside NU

Considering Northwestern’s remaining schedule, failure to reach a bowl game, and maybe more, would be unacceptable.

Michigan Opponent: Getting to know Iowa - Maize n Brew

We take a look at the 2016 Iowa Hawkeyes

Net Results: Big Ten Volleyball Week 11 - Off Tackle Empire

Who won the big Nebraska-Penn State showdown? How did your favorite team do this week? What is the meaning of life? Read on to find the answers to some of these questions.

Elsewhere

This is time of year when Alabama's depth takes over | AL.com

But Alabama, by and large, is in pretty good shape at this stage of the year because Saban has stockpiled players across the offensive and defensive units. Saban's success in recruiting has allowed him to create the kind of contingencies that a meticulous coach like himself is known for planning. This season, 47 players have been on the field for at least 50 snaps.

Gary Danielson: 'If I was Gus Malzahn, I'd want to play 10 other teams in SEC rather than Georgia' | AL.com

"If I was Gus Malzahn, I'd want to play 10 other teams in the SEC rather than Georgia this week," Danielson told Chip Patterson of CBS Sports. "I don't like the fact that Kirby Smart has faced me in big-time pressure games before. I think he is very attuned on how to attack the Auburn offense. If you look at Georgia's defense, they're really coming on with a lot of young athletes on the defensive line. ...

NCAA won't explore death penalty but Baylor Bears must be able to attract another Art Briles as coach | The Star-Telegram

As an organization, the NCAA has come full circle just in Texas alone between two private schools 100 miles apart. In 1986, the NCAA levied the death penalty against SMU for a lack of institutional control and, nearly 30 years later, will do just about nothing for a similar lack of control at Baylor.

Why the Baylor scandal isn't the NCAA's jurisdiction - SBNation.com

This is a situation best left to governing bodies that are equipped to deal with actual crime.

Playin’ Nice: Arkansas Fight - And The Valley Shook

We discuss the matchup from the Razorback perspective.

Yep, this college football season has fewer contenders than usual. Look on the bright side! - SBNation.com

But this could mean one hell of a Playoff.

Then There’s This

Right, whop it out!!!!