Can you feel it?
There is something in the air. (OK, that is fog here in northeast Nebraska this morning).
This morning's Flakes takes our usual look around the world of Husker sports, sports in general, and "this and that" but I also included a link for each team on the schedule. I don't know if that will continue the entire season, but it would be interesting to check in on our past, present, and future opponents if possible.
This first article is oddly timed (to me anyway). I think most Husker fans recognized the slow erosion of recruiting that occurred under Bo Pelini and the hit-or-miss over-reliance on "athletes" to prop up perpetual nine-win seasons. Bud does some really good work, so I don't want to be overly critical but Mike Riley wasn't going to right the recruiting ship in one year. He has done a pretty remarkable job of getting Nebraska into the picture for top talent. The odd timing I referred to? This weekend might be the most star-packed list of official visitors ever. Not only are the Huskers hosting a five-star for the first time in a few years, but possibly a couple (I think Brian has an article coming on this so make sure to read that and get the real story).
‘Toughness’ would be good for Nebraska football, but talent would be better - SBNation.com
Talent is a bigger issue than toughness with Nebraska football compared to Big Ten elites.
I think we should get used to this.
Hunter named B1G Co-Setter of the Week
Nebraska junior setter Kelly Hunter was named the Big Ten Co-Setter of the Week on Monday after leading the top-ranked Huskers to a pair of top-10 wins over the weekend.
Penn State volleyball was upset this weekend and Wisconsin is nipping on the Huskers' heels.
North Carolina upsets Penn State to open 2016 NCAA volleyball season
North Carolina rallied on the road against Penn State to pull off an epic upset. Nebraska and Wisconsin, meanwhile, dug in to give the Big Ten the top two spots in the Week 1 rankings.
NET to Air National Championship Documentary - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
The NET Sports documentary "Nebraska Volleyball Championship: Destination Omaha," premieres at 8 p.m. CT, Tuesday, Aug. 30 on NET. The 30-minute television program celebrates the Husker volleyball team's determination to get to Omaha to win their fourth national title.
Huskers' Armstrong Says Captain's Title Not Needed to Lead - The New York Times
Tommy Armstrong Jr. isn't pouting over not being voted a team captain, even though he is going into his fourth year as Nebraska's starting quarterback and was a captain in 2015.
McKewon: Huskers have 10 numbers to meet or exceed in order to succeed | Football | omaha.com
The final preseason Husker Rewind will focus on 10 key numbers to watch during the season. They’re far from definitive, but as Nebraska and the rest of the Big Ten
Huskers Set for Strong Big Ten Home Schedule - Huskers.com - Nebraska Athletics Official Web Site
The Nebraska women's basketball team will play a 16-game Big Ten Conference schedule that includes all eight home games against 2016 postseason qualifiers at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Former @HuskersWBB & @B1Gwbball Tourney MVP @RachTheRiot to play professionally in Belarus: https://t.co/eigHMt08Yx #huskers #wbb— Matt Coatney (@Coatman1) August 31, 2016
Former Husker pole vaulter, stunt woman Jessie Graff makes 'American Ninja' history | Fitness | omaha.com
The 32-year-old stunt woman on Monday became the first female contestant to successfully complete a Stage 1 course in the national finals.
This section includes an article related to each team on the Husker schedule. Right now these are heavy on quarterback speculation and optimistic predictions. I believe General K would say "Just wait until we crush their spirits!"
Fresno State run game getting healthy heading into opener at Nebraska | Fresno Bee
Junior Dontel James, who had knee surgery in fall camp, said he is ready to take on a full workload. Fresno State is hoping the run game can take some pressure off quarterback Chason Virgil and an offense that struggled last season to produce points.
Wyoming football: WR Tanner Gentry is completely healthy - Mountain West Connection
The Cowboys could sure use Tanner Gentry at 100 percent this season.
Dakota Prukop And The Next Man Up - Addicted To Quack
Dakota Prukop is Oregon's starting quarterback headed into the 2016 season. He follows Vernon Adams as the latest FCS QB to make the jump to the Ducks. Will the Oregon mantra "Next man up" still hold true for Prukop?
Northwestern football superback Jayme Taylor retires from football - Inside NU
The redshirt sophomore was expected to play a key role.
Big Ten Football 2016: Which new head coach will be most successful in Year 1? - The Champaign Room
Our staff gathers for another roundtable discussion about the conference.
2016 could be Indiana football's turning point. Or it won’t be. - The Crimson Quarry
IU's football program could be on the verge of becoming Actually Good for the first time in a long time.
4 Days to Purdue Football: Ja’Whaun Bentley - Hammer and Rails
Pray to your deity of choice that Bentley stays healthy this year.
The most interesting Wisconsin football season in years? - Bucky's 5th Quarter
That damn schedule.
Ohio State has national championship hopes despite inexperience - Land-Grant Holy Land
Even with a young team in Columbus, expectations remain high as ever.
Minnesota Football: 2016 predictions from the TDG staff - The Daily Gopher
We all are pretty high on the Gophers (what a shocker!)
Cavon Walker fought through 2 position changes to claim Maryland football’s starting DT spot - Testudo Times
He’ll make the first start of his career against Howard.
The Pants Predicts: 2016 Big Ten Football - Black Heart Gold Pants
We at The Pants predict what will happen in the Big Ten in 2016.
Elsewhere In Sports
Forde-Yard Dash: Where everyone's optimistic ... for now
Any arrests, transfers, flunk-outs or NCAA issues you have read about are blown out of proportion. Alabama has recovered from both to reach the College Football Playoff – and won it all last season – but significant emotional distress was visited upon the Tide faithful by the program’s first back-to-back
FSU WR Travis Rudolph Eats Lunch with Autistic Boy, Inspires Powerful FB Post | Bleacher Report
Earlier this week, a group of Florida State Seminoles football players visited a local middle school. There, junior wide receiver Travis Rudolph ate lunch with a young boy named Bo Paske, who has autism.
If the following incident had happened anywhere but Baylor, a place that systematically ignored sexual assault, I probably would not put it here. Now, I will be paying attention to see what happens if another player is involved in an assault - on a human.
Baylor Bears WR Ishmael Zamora gets 3-game suspension after animal abuse incident
The Baylor Bears have suspended wide receiver Ishmael Zamora for three games after a video emerged of the wide receiver whipping and kicking his dog.
UNLV announces that quarterback Johnny Stanton to get the start against Jackson State - Mountain West Connection
Also look for Kurt Palandech to see time as well in the opener.
This and That
Facebook's editorial purge has completely backfired | The Verge
It’s been a rough few days for Facebook’s Trending Topics. The company announced on Friday that it’s made the news list more automated by removing article descriptions and leaning more heavily on...
The most absurd Internet privacy class-action settlement ever | Ars Technica
Lawyers get millions. Consumers get nothing. E-mail snooping continues unabated.