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|19 weeks 3 days ago||I hope whomever is right about Michael Rose...||
...but I suspect they're not. As someone with a keen eye on my hometown Huskers, the idea the Michael Rose was somehow the turning point makes me chuckle. The defense did improve mightily over the course of the season, but to my eyes it was due to a lot of incremental improvement by a bunch of different people, not a big step forward by Rose.
That said, MIKE is a tremendously important position in Pelini's defense, as that position is responsible for a lot (all?) of the play-calling. Given that, it's certainly possible that a young player like Rose could improve markedly in his on-field leadership (which I wouldn't be able to see easily), without improving his own play to the same extent (which I would be able to see). I hope it's true that Rose did represent a turning point, but I don't know that it's very likely to be true.
In any case, I expect NU to end up somewhere around #6 in this particular set of rankings. Better, but not world beaters. (Yet.)
|31 weeks 3 days ago||That's just a smart footballer||
Everyone knows that the Great Circle route is shorter.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||It's a way of life at some schools||
Picking one year at semi-random, in 1995, Nebraska's top four receivers of non-tight end or I-back persuasion were:
Clester Johnson, 5'11"
Reggie Baul, 5'8"
Jon Vedral, 5'11"
Brendan Holbein, 5'8"
Of course, the season catch totals for those four were 22, 17, 14, and 14, respectively, so when you said "another BCS-level school" you probably meant "another BCS-level school that completes more than 11 passes/game". When your receivers are mainly blockers, height isn't critical. (And to answer the clear follow-up: yeah, I'd rather start a team with Gallon, Dileo, and Norfleet.)
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Ron Brown at Nebraska||
Brown has coached under Osborne, Solich, and Pelini. You'll notice a Callahan-sized gap there.
Please don't read that as a shot at Callahan - not retaining Brown ranks about 3000th on the list of Things That One Can Take A Shot At Bill Callahan For Doing.
/shot at Bill Callahan
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Almost exactly right||
The small difference that I'll point out is that in the University of Nebraska system, the medical school is its own campus, and is not a part of any of the others: UNL (Lincoln, the flagship), UNO (Omaha), or UNK (Kearney; you can't spell 'drunk' without UNK). The medical school is physically located in Omaha, but it's a separate campus, even from UNO: it's called UNMC (University of Nebraska Medical Center). The inability to count those research dollars, along with the USDA dollars at UNL, had a lot to do with UNL getting booted from AAU status.
Disclaimer: I'm a proud UNL grad (and a UM grad, too, FWIW), but I'm not going to claim that UNL is a top tier school, or even was in the top half of the AAU peers. That said, getting booted from AAU based on the metrics that were used was a joke.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Hey, NU didn't get totally blown out of the gym tonight!||
Hanging in there for a fair chunk of the game against UM, beating (awful) USC and (terrible) Wake - we might just be the best worst major conference team in the country!
Best wishes the rest of the way folks - this team you've got might just turn out okay this year. ;)
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Nebraska fan here||
You're correct in that I don't think we really have a current main rival, but I wouldn't say that we've cultivated that attitude - at least not on purpose.
After the Oklahoma game got ripped away from us with the start of the Big 12, we didn't really have a clear #2 in waiting. Colorado had long been trying to make us their rival, but that was really more annoying than anything (it was kind of a Little Brother situation, even though we didn't have that terminology handy back then). We didn't have a consistent series of hard-fought, annoyingly won (or lost) games with any of the teams in the North, due to one or the other of us being bad for a stretch at a time. If you had asked me our last year in the B12, I probably would have said Texas, with full knowledge that we're not even in Texas' top 3. Now that we're gone, I don't really miss *any* of the series. Some of that's due to new surroundings being inherently interesting, but some of it's due to the fact that we weren't seriously emotionally attached to anyone that we left behind.
That's the thing - rivalries pop up because of a series of games that manage to annoy both fan bases, and they stick around because the games remain competitive more often than not. Nebraska hasn't had a yearly series with another team like that for a looooong time, and now with the conference switch, we find ourselves rivalless. I'll tell you though, we've seeded this place over the last couple of years with annoyingly decided games, so there's a rivalry that's bound to emerge from somewhere. (Sorry B1G, but it probably won't be Iowa.)
|1 year 51 weeks ago||We do this once and a while....||
It was originally part of 2-for-1 deal, two in Lincoln, one in Hattiesburg. NU has done a similar deal with S. Miss in the past, and also with Fresno St. and Wyoming(!), if I'm remembering correctly.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Mmmmm....Runzas.....||
I need to go see if I still have one in my freezer. Yes, I freeze fast food and haul it with me 800 miles. Don't judge me, I'm a product of my upbringing.
Great writeup, and I'm glad you had a good time - tailgating with Frazier must have been a real trip! Now let me tell you about the time Johnny Rodgers sold me an enchilada. (True story!)
|2 years 3 weeks ago||We need a damn trophy for||
We need a damn trophy for this.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Losing Burkhead hurts...||
...for multiple reasons, especially the nebulous "intangibles", but the main reason I hate having Burkhead out is that we can't run the special Wildcat package that's built around him. It seems that when the offense goes into an extended funk, running a short series with Burkhead under center or in the pistol often snaps the offense back to life. Plus, it's a hell of a lot of fun to watch (which doesn't really have anything to do with winning).
|2 years 6 weeks ago||That's a perfectly fair||
That's a perfectly fair viewpoint, but I would point out one difference. NU would run up the score in the fourth quarter with a fullback dive by a walk-on from Ogallala. Urban ran his starting back outside the tackles up 18 with 50 seconds left. Nonetheless, it's the defense's responsibility to stop the guy with the ball, and NU can't, well, do that. No sympathy for NU requested, just venom for Meyer, please.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||I submit that there's a bit||
I submit that there's a bit of space in between 'pity' and 'being an asshole' that Urban could have shot for. That said, the defense needs to notice that one team is still playing and try to make contact with the guy carrying the brown oblong object before he embarrasses you even further.
To be clear: Urban = jerk; NU defense = theoretical.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Cosigned.||
|2 years 6 weeks ago||I shudder to think.||
The handful of representatives that OSU sent to Lincoln last year was bad enough. That's the main reason I didn't try to get tickets and drive down to Columbus this year.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Case in point: the||
Case in point: the Blackshirts haven't been awarded yet this season (for good reason).
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Truth.||
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Trust a longtime fan...||
...but NU games are disconnected events. I promise you that even if Nebraska wins big, we can still derp it up against Iowa with the best of them.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||I look forward to the||
I look forward to the conclusion of this series. I do hope that Brian manages to (quite appropriately) use the phrase "tire fire" when describing the state of the program of my alma mater.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||This post was tremendous.||
This post was tremendous. Fred_Jackson combines the wit of Nabokov, the insight into the human condition of Plato, and the lyricism of Paul Simon into a singular posting talent not seen in decades.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Gooooooooooooooooooal!||
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Guernica references get an auto-upvote||
Did I just write that in a forum on a sports blog?
|3 years 5 days ago||From a fan with an abundance of mascots...||
...to one with none, I explain it like this - remember how we all used to hate Rasheed Wallace until he became a Piston? Yeah, it's kind of like that. (Not that I'm rooting for you to get your own bug-eyed inflatable pan-dimensional being as a mascot, as we'd like to keep that market cornered for ourselves.)
|3 years 5 days ago||One nit to pick||
"Alfonzo Dennard and some guy who is not good"
Half right. The "not good" guy (Dejon Gomes) isn't on the team any more because he got drafted by the Redskins. Not that currently sitting the bench for the Redskins does anything to prove one's Not-Goodness. However, this:
"Dollars to donuts this is because the Huskers have one asskicking cornerback and not much else in the secondary."
That's 100% dead on. Dennard is a beast and everyone else is some combination of young and meh. Couple this with our suddenly understaffed D-line, and the linebackers are our defensive strength by default, which did not look to be the case entering the season. Result: a much poorer and more inconsistent defense than we posted last year.
Very good write-up, Brian - the previews always sound pretty good when I read them, so I was interested to read the one about a team I actually know well.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||That's about right||
Our wave of commits usually shows up late in the season, often after the bowls. Looking back at the commit dates in the Rivals database, on this day each of the last four years NU had 10, 8, 11, and 10 known committments. So 7 is lagging a bit, but certainly within historical tolerances. (Coincidentally, three years ago NU received two committments on this day - if I'd written this post yesterday, that 11 would be a 9.)
|3 years 5 weeks ago||The actual Ohio St should be in the running||
In the fourth quarter of the NU-OSU game, leading 27-20 and at the NU 32, OSU took an intentional delay-of-game to give their punter more room for a pooch kick. It "worked" in the sense that the punt was downed at the 9-yard line, but I refer you to the final score to test another definition of "worked".
I cackled with knowing glee at the decision. This, folks, is why we all need to root for Fickell somehow keeping that job.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||"collapsing the waveform"||
That is why Brian is able to keep this non-Michigan fan coming back every day. It's the writing, man. Smart writing.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||You rang, sir?||
You rang, sir?
|3 years 8 weeks ago||You've got that exactly right||
The only time NU has gone all red was against Oklahoma in 1986 - that was a particularly painful (and freezing) day. End Zone Jones was indeed the top back (but didn't have a great day), and Broderick Thomas guaranteed victory, but they couldn't stop OU from scoring 10 points in the last 90 seconds. Jamelle Holieway to Keith Jackson was on a loop in my nightmares for weeks. So yeah, kill the all-red look with fire.
The all-whites have shown up a bit more often (and more recently), but they don't have quite the same searingly painful memories associated with them. They just look dopey, that's all.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||We've tried the all white look before...||
...and it doesn't work.
Edit: Neither did the one time we went all red:
Send those to the grave, I tell you!