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So? Who’s going to Nashville?

Nebraska gets Tennessee in the Music City Bowl. Initial thought – it may take be taken by some as a disappointment to have dropped that far in the bowl selection process, but Nashville sounds like a fun city to me, and Tennessee seems like an appropriate opponent.

Nebraska and Tennessee have so much in common season it’s uncanny. our Tennessee sister site wrote this synopsis about our teams’ seasons and I felt it appropriate to share with you:

Tennessee vs Nebraska in the Music City Bowl - Rocky Top Talk

This year Tennessee was 5-0 and ranked #9 before losing on the road at #8 Texas A&M in double overtime. Nebraska was 7-0 and #7 before losing on the road at #11 Wisconsin in overtime. The Vols followed up their loss with a 49-10 beat down from #1 Alabama. The Huskers followed theirs with a 62-3 drilling from then-#6 Ohio State. And while Tennessee lost to South Carolina by three and Vanderbilt by 11 down the stretch, Nebraska lost to Iowa 40-10.

I wouldn’t be so quick to write this bowl game off as a victory for Nebraska.

It’s about who wants to be there. Who wants to be there? Both teams will say that they’re determined, but we’ll only find that out when the game starts.

Nebraska has the chance to end the season to end up with 10 wins, ranked, and having beaten a decent SEC team. That’s a helluva lot better than the alternative, which is just another 9-4 season, out of the Top 25, and having gone 2-4 after having started the season so well.

I don’t think a loss will hurt our recruiting, but it will make the offseason a lot more dreary and that sucks a lot. That’s the kind of suck that causes restaurants to go out of business in the Haymarket area.

I wouldn’t mind going to Nashville. I’ve never been there. It sounds fun.

National Championship

So we know our national championship pairings:

Alabama vs. Washington and Clemson vs. Ohio State

I want to say that Washington has a fair chance against Alabama, but it’s mostly just wishful thinking. The Huskies have a decent defense, and they can score, but can they score against the Crimson Tide, a team who will quickly render them one-dimensional?

These pairing were set up for what the nation really wants to see: Alabama vs Ohio State.

News

Top-seeded Huskers host Sweet 16 with new format - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Sure enough, a day after Nebraska advanced to yet another Sweet 16 after easily sweeping TCU, the Huskers learned Sunday they’ll be hosting Big Ten Conference rival Penn State on Friday. At 11 a.m., on ESPNU. “I don’t think that’s great for the sport of volleyball,” Cook said, “but we have to be prepared for that, because ESPN decides who plays when and what and how.”

Huskers-PSU Set for Friday at 11 a.m. on ESPNU - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

The top-seeded Nebraska volleyball team will host 16th-seeded Penn State in a regional semifinal this Friday at 11 a.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Husker Athletic Performance Symposium - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Legendary running coach Dr. Joe I. Vigil, who led U.S. Olympic Teams in Seoul 1988 and Beijing 2008, will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Huskers Performance Symposium, Dec. 9-10 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

Eliely's 19 Not Enough Against Unbeaten Bears - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Nicea Eliely pumped in a career-high 19 points, but it was not enough to prevent unbeaten California from running to an 86-65 win over the Nebraska women's basketball team at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.

This is looking like a really really painful season for the WBB.

Johnson Captures NSCAA All-America Accolades - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site

Senior forward Jaycie Johnson earned third-team NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer All-America honors, announced by the NSCAA on Friday.

How college football made sure Sam Foltz would not be forgotten

Right now, all the commemorative jerseys and helmets are kept in Nebraska’s equipment room, Brown said. He expects the team to frame them and give them to the Foltz family, a reminder of the way college football wrapped itself around them this season.

Adam Carriker’s Reaction to Bowl Game Against Tennessee

Adam makes some very good points. I would like to see some comments on his videos.

Big Ten

Penn State Lettermen React on Twitter - Black Shoe Diaries

PSU lettermen sound off online on the Big Ten Championship win and CFP Ranking

Nobody mentioned Joe Paterno!

What went wrong in Wisconsin’s loss to Penn State - Bucky's 5th Quarter

A 28-7 lead disappeared for the Badgers in the Big Ten Championship Game in uncharacteristic fashion.

Sunday Morning Coming Down - Off Tackle Empire

Wisconsin Doesn’t Score Again

A new meme for the Badgers!

Report: Details into Kevin Wilson forcing player to practice injured - The Crimson Quarry

The latest details about Kevin Wilson’s transgressions may be the most damning yet

I have no idea why a head coach would think it’s okay to belittle players for any reason, let alone that they’re injured. What a stupid shit for brains. He deserves to have lost his millions and ride off into the darkness.

Northwestern to play Pittsburgh in Pinstripe Bowl - Inside NU

The Wildcats (6-6, 5-4 Big Ten) will face the Panthers (8-4,5-3 ACC) in The Big Apple

IOWA TO PLAY FLORIDA IN THE 2017 OUTBACK BOWL - Black Heart Gold Pants

Some of you might be a little upset that Iowa isn’t going to Nashville (myself included, I was toying with the idea of taking my first ever trip to Cashville if Iowa went) but the Outback is undeniably just as prestigious? Anyway it doesn’t snow in Florida so just be happy it’s a warm destination.

Gophers to play Washington State in Holiday Bowl - The Daily Gopher

Minnesota will get a shot at a 9-win season in San Diego

Cotton Bowl 2016: An early look at Wisconsin vs. Western Michigan - Bucky's 5th Quarter

What are the Badgers getting into when they step into Jerryworld?

Maryland football to play Boston College in Quick Lane Bowl - Testudo Times

The Terps will finish their season in Detroit on Dec. 26.

Uh-Oh, Tommy Tuberville Stepped Down at Cincinnati - Hammer and Rails

So, uh, this isn’t good.

Purdue Football is Thirsty: Brohm offered Head Coaching Job - Hammer and Rails

Sources say Purdue has offered Brohm the head coaching position if he wants it... please?

Elsewhere

Heisman Trophy 2016 finalists released Monday: Lamar Jackson and who else? - SBNation.com

We’ll update this list once the official list comes out. Here’s who’s in the hunt.

Jackson got so much hype so early.. and by early, I mean before he ever played a down, that he’s a sure winner despite the fact that he really may not deserve it this season. Is he fun to watch? Yes. Is he a great player? Yes. A Heisman Trophy-level winner this season? We don’t know that because no one else got pumped about it.

Alabama will play one of these 5 teams in the Playoff. Who’d have the best shot? - SBNation.com

This might be Saban’s best team ever. But some of the best teams ever have lost games.

Tommy Tuberville stepping down as Cincinnati head coach - SBNation.com

Tuberville’s Bearcats were doing things well until they weren’t.

Notre Dame Football And The Coming Anarchy - One Foot Down

The entire state of Notre Dame football is in disarray.

Well, this is just a damned shame, isn’t it?