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|5 weeks 2 days ago||I think most of us Husker fans are expecting a loss in AA||
Both teams are pretty evenly matched, you are very tough at home, and as I mentioned on another thread, half our starting offense is out with injuries, including Martinez, all-American lineman Spencer Long, and all-B1G receiver Kenny Bell.
Our D is talented but very young, so inconsistent. Getting better. One thing they've done well is get turnovers, so we're looking to get some more against DG.
Though you deserve to be favored, Nebraska has a lot to play for. For some reason we've had State's number and we play them at home. So a sweep of the Michigans would likely mean the Legends title for us.
Funny how similar the negativity, "can't settle for mediocrity" and "fire the coach" thinking on this blog mirrors Nebraska forums. I happen to think it's overblown as far as Pelini.
Anyway, may the best team win, next time we meet might be in a B1G title game.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Huskers have 6 1st string Offense players out with injuries,||
including Taylor Martinez and all-American lineman Spencer Long and all-B1G receiver Kenny Bell. Taylor has injuries to foot, shoulder, and hip and has been playing hurt since the opener, so we've using our 2nd and 3rd string QB's most of the season. No excuses, that's football, but all in all, 6-2's not bad.
Our D is very talented but very young, so inconsistent. Getting better. One thing they've done well is get turnovers, so hopefully that continues against DG.
Yes, most Nebraska fans expect a loss in AA ( and did in preseason even when handicapping at full strength), but the team is still playing to win the division and Michigan we know won't lay down because they're Michigan. Should be an exciting game, wish I could attend.
Also, appreciate the sportsmanship on this thread about Martinez being out, I expected no less from Michigan fans.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||As a rival fan, I can only say||
he was fantastic and fun to watch. Wow!
We'll have to shut him down somehow on 11/9
|7 weeks 5 days ago||You nailed it||
but I also presume to think UM fans hearts are with the D as well.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Bring it on,||
always fun competing against you guys.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan fans: heed this cautionary tale:||
To this Nebraska fan, most comments and attitudes here are eerily similar to some of our own equally proud and demanding fan base.
And I suggest you calm down, step away from your blue kool-aide and look at things differently.
Huskers fans are in a froth over a coaching staff that took over a storied program that was run into the ditch, and since then in 5 seasons has played in 3 conference title games, been one of only a handful to win at least 9 games, and played in a bowl each year. But some doubt the staff and want firings over occasional tough loses, lack of conference titles, etc., and yearn for the days of their beloved program-defining coach because "it's not up to ______ standards"
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I just meant Lloyd seems unappreciated by many UM fans||
considering he won so many games. And seemed like many were glad to see him go. Always found that puzzling. Maybe I'm wrong about that though.
If Bo can produce the same body of work during his career that Lloyd did - including winning the right way like Lloyd - I'd be one very happy Cornhusker fan.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||That goes without saying||
So far I guess Pelini is NU's Lloyd Carr.
Actually, I never understood why the attitude of many UM fans about him, but it's your program and team so that's your business not my place to have an opinion.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||NU officials ready to put this behind them||
And turns out Tom Osborne knew about the tape over a year ago and discussed with Bo.
"We are prepared to put the matter to rest," University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman and NU athletic director Shawn Eichorst said in a joint statement released Wednesday. Coach Pelini has given us his assurance that he understands the seriousness and inappropriateness of his comments. We believe he is sincere in his apology and in his regret."
And now, back to football.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Bo has moved 58 spots from #68 to #10 at Coaches Hot Seat||
He has a .708 winning percentage at Nebraska.
Mack Brown is #1 on the Hot Seat and also #1 in WP with .770.
I guess I can understand coaches making comments like that in private, or at least thinking them.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||To put his comments in context:||
He said this during an off-air moment when the discussion turned to fans leaving the 2011 OSU game at halftime with the Huskers down 20-6.
Some will be offended. Personally, I thought the same thing about those fans, and I'll bet everyone on this board would say the same about Michigan fans leaving at halftime when trailing an important game. But then we're not the head coach.
And it certainly provides some ammo if NU ever decides to part ways with Bo: Chancellor Harvey Perlman said, "Basically I'm very disappointed and we're considering what to do and what the impact is on our program."
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Who, really, in the B1G hasn't had their problems lately?||
Wisconsin - Best B1G success last 3 years, but always blows Rose Bowl, won nothing before
OSU - last conference title in 2009, but leads B1G in cheating
Michigan - Backed into BCS bowl in 2011, but last title of any kind in 2004, and The Horror
PSU - last conference title in 2008, but then the unmentionable
Nebraska - 3 division titles last 4 years, but no conference title since 1999, and UCLA type games
Yes, some Nebraska fans and players are on the ledge. Some of you guys were on the ledge until you avoided The Horror II and put Akron away. Texas fans want to fire their AD and HC a week after firing their DC.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||He has Michigan and Nebraska losing to each other||
in both their best case scenarios. Brilliant analysis.
Should be an entertaining Division battle, you can make a case for NW and MSU as well. All 4 teams are a bit flawed.
You guys finally have a harder conference schedule, but you get us at home. NW has too tough a schedule for me to pick them. MSU has an easy schedule but I don't think they're good enough to beat everyone else out.
I think it'll go down to rivals week to decide the Legends winner.
|19 weeks 13 hours ago||What he is, is one hell of a college QB||
that won't necessarily be a fit for the pro game, despite his many talents. Different game. Lots of other examples, Tebow, Crouch come to mind.
That said, hope he finds the right position with the right team, sometimes that's what it takes even for the more traditional skillset players. He was fun to watch and I'd like to see some more.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||No suspensions-Ernest Suttles & Thomas Brown kicked off the team||
by Bo Pelini.
Brown is a strongside linebacker redshirt freshman who didn't play due to injury and Suttles is a DE who played as a true freshman.
Pelini said they won't be allowed back with the team. This is very consistent with how he's handled this sort of thing. And there haven't been many incidents during his 5 years.
Good catch by Drkboarder, I upvoted you for hearing about it before I did.
|24 weeks 12 hours ago||Nebraska hasn't been in this much trouble since||
they were caught providing books for student-athletes
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Illinois||
considering the instate talent, resources at their disposal, and quality academics, how can they be so bad to mediocre so often?
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Great post, shows why I enjoy visiting this board as a rival fan||
I get info I didn't know about my own team, or about college football, or something non- sport related that's worth knowing.
Definitely, that was a different era. The game has changed so much. Everybody's on TV, more money, higher stakes, new style of play with different athletes, etc. But in a way it further proves my point: Nebraska figures out a way, and doesn't stay with what worked 40 years ago.
We'll have our new challenges, but we've been excellent too long, and CFB is too highly regarded in Nebraska, to stop us from dealing with the issues as they come up.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||We always did well in TX all the way from Big Eight to XII days||
But one state's never been the key.
Don't know if I'd say we lost our footing in Texas. It's natural that we'd dip a bit there now and pick up in B1G territory. Last three years we've had 11 from Texas and 15 from the B1G. But in 2006, a year we played for the XII Title, we had 1 TX recruit. Like I said, certain states and regions ebb and flow, but that's part of the deal when you cast your net so wide.
I do think, as others have posted, that the trend towards early signing is Nebraska's latest recruiting challenge. But we've always managed to deal with our disadvantages. Still lots of really good players that want to play here.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Nebraska's a bit of an oddity when it comes to recruiting||
We've historically overperformed on the field compared to our recruiting ranking, even in our monster decade of the 90's. Typically, we've been between 15th and 25th. Pelini is averaging 24th.
See this link for details on the above:
Nebraska has always recruited nationally, since we don't have a home base to draw from. The focus has varied, whether it be California, New Jersey, Texas, etc. Now we're drawing more heavily from the B1G states.
Bottom line, despite recruiting handicaps vs Michigan and OSU, Nebraska always has competed quite well--look at the W/L since the sixties, or break it down by decade - and there's no reason to think that will change.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||We've been pretty consistent since 1987, averaging 18th||
Osborne: 18 (excluding 4 NC game bump)
During Osborne run of 60-3 when we played in 4 NC games, he recruited averaging 11th. Maybe a difference of one 4 star or two 3 stars since then by his successors?
Link to everything you ever wanted to know about Nebraska recruiting history:
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Good points||
as has been commented on before, Nebraska recruiting is a bit of an anomaly as far as CFB kings. Nebraska always has filled their classes late, and typically is more of a top 20 class than a top 5 or 10 class yet we've won more games and have the best winning percentage of any program over the last 50 years.
I think Pelini is doing fine as a recruiter, though. Pretty much par for the course at Nebraska, even if it doesn't live up to Michigan standards.
Since divisions are key now, interesting to note that in the new East-West setup, and taking the last 10 years which has been Nebraska's worse decade of football, NU’s recruiting rankings dominate the rest of the Big Ten West;
Average Rivals recruiting rankings for the last 11 classes, 2003-2013:
I know Michigan fans place a lot of stock in recruiting rankings and expect it to ensure division, conference, and national titles. Based on that, expect to play us in a lot of B1G title games.
BTW, personally I don't take recruiting ranking quite as seriously as some, on the other hand if I was a Michigan fan it would be hard not to be optimistic and I wouldn't mind Nebraska having those recruits.
|30 weeks 18 hours ago||How do you guys rate the top division team's schedules?||
Here's mine, from hardest to easiest:
Michigan: OSU, NWU, MSU on road, MN and NWU crossdivision
Nebraska: WI, NWU, MSU on road, MSU and Rutgers crossdivision
OSU: PSU, MSU on road, IL and MN crossdivision
Wisconsin: NWU on road, MD and Rutgers crossdivision
|30 weeks 19 hours ago||Poor Minnesota||
Minnesota draws Michigan and Ohio State on top of divisional games @ Nebraska and @ Wisconsin.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Pelini has not tolerated bad behavior off the field,||
and the team has pretty much been incident free under him. So how this is handled could get interesting. Bo has cut a few players loose over this sort of thing.
The arrest happened the day after the transfer was announced....talk about great timing.
|31 weeks 19 hours ago||Schedule and team strength favor Michigan and Nebraska||
Nebraska has the easier schedule overall (we finally get to play Purdue and Illinois), but Michigan gets the Huskers at home.
You guys will be favored to beat us head-to-head, Nebraska will have an easier time winning out the rest of our B1G games.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Good catch||
our second recruit......we're building a powerhouse!
Don't know what to tell you. Michigan has fantastic recruiting in-state, in-region, and certainly more than holds their own nationally. And your record, whether all-time or more modern times, speaks for itself.
Nebraska has always been more top 25ish as far as recruiting and yet been one of the elite programs when it comes to winning and championships, especially in the modern era.
Both programs are clean, at least as clean as a big time winning program can be. Winning a lot and winning clean....something to be proud of.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know, WolvinLA2,||
yes you have OSU but that's what your guys wanted. The rest of the East is no big deal. PSU will be severely weakened for a long time due to sanctions and MGoBlogers seem to think Michigan St is a flash in the pan. I think the West has more good teams.
Time will tell, in the meantime we're both still in the Legends and it should be a great competition to win the division this year. And you owe me a sixpack from last season.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Nebraska fan here||
The article is pretty accurate.
Nebraska has historically closed late in the recruiting cycle, not just during Pellini. And contrary to many comments on this thread, the Huskers have seldom had Top 10 recruiting classes.
We have little in-state or nearby (drivable distance) talent to recruit, and its expensive for recruits to fly into Lincoln on their own dime. This has been the case ever since the Devaney era. So Nebraska's always had to recruit nationally even with factors that make it difficult.
And yet we've managed to do fairly well the last 50 years. Even in our worst decade, compare us to Michigan or Ohio St. And our first 2 years in the B!G---with by far the hardest schedule in the conference--we've competed until the last week for the division and won it the 2nd year.
We'll be fine.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Nebraska fan here with a few thoughts,||
first one being how ironic that after only 2 years in the league, we'd end up in the most "old school" division of the B1G, with 6 of the conference's 7 oldest members, while the East will have 5 of the 6 newest members (if you consider OSU's 1912 entry as "new").
Second, I'll personally miss having Michigan as our main competitive rival within the division. Wisconsin has done quite well lately--better than NU or UM the last 10 years--but it's a lot more fun competing against a program that measures its success over a century. I think most Nebraska fans feel the same. But we're really not attached to any particular B1G team and good for Michigan getting The Game back the way you want it.
Third, give me another red team to play against, this will be our first year we get to play Indiana, would hate to see that taken away after only 1 game. This year's schedule with them and Illinois will definitely help our chances of repeating in the Legends.
As far as overall divisional strength, I side with those that say go with geography and let the power balance ebb and flow over time.
Look forward to competing with you guys this year and I always enjoy the posting and content on mgoblog, there's always something worth reading including lots of non-sports topics.