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Nebraska’s o-line was terrible Saturday night. Why?

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The game Saturday night against Purdue featured the worst offensive line performance that I’ve ever seen from a Nebraska football team. That’s saying a lot, considering that I’ve seen a lot of Nebraska football over the years. The 1992 Orange bowl, a 22 – 0 loss to Miami comes to mind is one of the other worst games ever, but in that game Nebraska was playing a far superior team. Purdue is not a far superior team.

Our offensive line looked like they were lost about half the time. The other half the time they looked like they weren’t sure if they wanted to be there. I find this mind-boggling. We can put the blame on Mike Cavanaugh because he’s the offensive line coach, but the players have to own this as well. There is too much talent amongst these players to perform like they did on Saturday night.

You probably did not spend three hours watching Facebook live on Saturday morning like I did. Our podcast guys interviewed a number of former Husker players, and amongst them was the great Aaron Taylor. Taylor talked for quite a long time, and one of the things he said was that he liked Mike Cavanaugh because Mike Cavanaugh was coaching the things that Aaron Taylor knew.

If that’s the case, there has to be some amazing disconnect between what had gets coached and what happens on the field during a game. It’s easy to say “fire the coach” but that doesn’t fix this season and we still have a chance at getting to a decent bowl game.

I’d like to hear your reasons as to why you think the offensive line is this bad.


Things from watching other Big Ten teams:

Michigan is found the quarterback of the future. Brandon Peters came into the game and the Michigan offense looked like it could have used him from the beginning of the year. He provided the spark that wasn’t there before. Alas, the Wolverines are out of the running for a great season.

I wouldn’t read a whole lot into Northwestern’s victory over Michigan State. It was typical Sparty football – can’t score enough in the other team scores more. It will be another interesting game between Nebraska at Northwestern this weekend.

JT Barrett should replace Saquon Barkley as the most talked about Big Ten player with regards to the Heisman Trophy. Penn State went into conservative mode late in the game and it cost them. Barrett was incredible.

Indiana has to be hoping for basketball season at this point as they lost to Maryland. The good news is basketball season is just around the corner. The bad news is that they haven’t made much progress – they are 0 – 5 in conference play. It’s pretty disappointing.

PJ Fleck at Minnesota really needs to find a quarterback. Their quarterback play hasn’t improved this season as they couldn’t put up points against Iowa. Demry Croft was 9- for-29 for 139 yards and an interception. That’s horrible. The rushing was okay but they gotta figure out how to put some yardage up through the air.


Florida fired their football coach and now we have one more team in the running for our Savior Scott Frost.

News

Ohio State beat Penn State 2017: The 2 reasons why - SBNation.com
Ohio State showed it was the superior team by winning with less than its A-game.

Ohio State blows out Penn State... with a one point win - Land-Grant Holy Land
Ohio State’s incredible comeback was due to a dominant defense that set up J.T.’s fourth quarter

Position Grades: Ohio State - Black Shoe Diaries
(Sigh) Let’s get this over with.

Wisconsin football: Highlights from Badgers’ win vs. Illinois - Bucky's 5th Quarter
Game balls, plays of the game, and more.

Rutgers defensive report card against Michigan - On the Banks
Grades depend on paradigm.

Minnesota Football vs Iowa: The Elite, The Bad, and The Ugly - The Daily Gopher
The Floyd of Rosedale remains imprisoned in Iowa City for another year. It doesn’t get much uglier than that.

Maryland 42, Indiana 39: Three things from another devastating IU loss - The Crimson Quarry
Every subsequent game is dumber than the preceding, for Indiana football is stuck in the Upside Down.

After a tumultuous start, Northwestern has set itself up to make this season a successful one - Inside NU
The Wildcats have a winning streak and momentum.

What we learned against Rutgers: Brandon Peters gives Michigan necessary spark - Maize n Brew
For the first time in weeks, Michigan looked like Michigan again.

Why was Jim McElwain fired? A wild 3-week timeline - SBNation.com
Well, that escalated quickly.

McElwain, UAA Mutually Agree to Part Ways - Florida Gators
"We want to thank Coach McElwain for his efforts in leading the Gator football program," said Stricklin. "We are confident Coach Shannon will provide the proper guidance to the players and rest of staff during this time and we will begin a national search for the next head coach."

Florida coach search: Chip Kelly, Dan Mullen among names to watch | SI.com
His name has come up often as a possible answer if his alma mater Nebraska pulls the plug on Mike Riley (I suspect it will). I'm told Frost might be more intrigued by a program with a stronger, much more fertile recruiting base than Nebraska—somewhere he can get tons of speed to fuel his system. A place like Florida would make a lot of sense

24 candidates for Florida head coach after Jim McElwain’s firing - Alligator Army
Florida’s next coach might be on this long list of coaches.

Georgia football 2017: Good enough to destroy you with the basics - SBNation.com
Ranking only the college football teams that absolutely must be ranked at this time.

College Football Playoff rankings: predicting 2017’s first top 25 - SBNation.com
Let’s be about as specific as we can be, with the first rankings release of the season.

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