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The Morning After’s Advice to Big Ten Opponents: Just Let Nebraska Beat Itself and You Will Win

The game plan is now there for the taking for the rest of the season.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AUG 28 Nebraska at Illinois Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A Bret Bielema coached team embarrasses Nebraska once again.

At least it wasn’t to the tune of 70-31 like it was in 2012. We can hang our hat on that fact.

Well, maybe I take that back. This wasn’t a game where a Bret Bielema team embarrassed Nebraska. This was simply a game where Nebraska embarrassed itself. This time Bielema simply took advantage of the miscues by the Huskers.

The mistake that appeared to break Nebraska’s back was Caleb Tannor’s penalty on the Cam Taylor-Britt interception. Whether you want to blame the officials on that call, it doesn’t change the fact that for some reason Illinois went on to score 28 unanswered points.

The things is, that before the double penalty on Tannor, the defense was flying around and looking like the dominant defense we haven’t seen for years. After they knocked Illinois’ starting quarterback out of the game did they stop playing with an edge? It is difficult to say at this point.

Maybe the defense was running out of gas. The offense had trouble running the ball and started with several short possessions early in the game.

After the game Scott Frost said it was like watching “the same movie.” I’m not sure it’s the same movie. To me it feels like a new episode of a bad sitcom. The jokes are the same but they are packaged differently.

In the most recent episode it was catching a punt at the two, missing two extra points from an all-conference kicker, shanking punts, and fumbling the ball right before half that is scooped and scored.

It’s hard to think what jokes we will see on next week’s episode.

The Morning After

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Happy Sunday to fans of the first place team in the Big Ten West, the Illinois Fighting Illini!

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