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  1. 2012 Mar 22

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Mucho Hooch-O - Big Ten Coaches Casting Call

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    The seventeenth edition of Mucho Hooch-O, Husker Locker's own Greg "Hooch" Mehochko gets wind of a movie about Barry Switzer in the works. Wasting no time, Hooch opines over just who'd play the role of today's Big Ten football cocahes on the silver screen.

    Topics on the docket:

    - See if you can guess Hooch's picks and/or agree with the eventual decisions.
    - You know you want to find out who's cast as Bo.

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    Tags: big ten, movies

  2. 2012 Mar 03

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: The Huskers' New Big Ten Nemesis

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    By Ryan Donohue

    Ask any Nebraska fan to describe the final years of the Big 12 experience, and you’re guaranteed to hear one school’s name time and time again: Texas.

    The attention Husker faithful gave to the Longhorns dwarfed anyone else. From the inception of the Big 12 in 1996, the burnt orange seemed to make Nebraska’s blood boil for one reason or another.

    Roll Left, the Nathan Vasher pick, the extra second, and so on. The Longhorns always had the Huskers’ number beating the Big Red nine times out of ten.

    The distaste for Bevo’s actions on and off the field was so strong that it became a major factor in Nebraska departing the conference it had called home since 1907. It takes a true nemesis to make you feel unwelcome in your own backyard.

    Like Mack Brown said in his folksy, slightly-condescending manner, “Never let the same team beat you twice.” The Huskers likely won’t play the Longhorns any time soon and have new business deals across the board.

    While the scenery changed, could there be a new enemy lurking in the shadows? Who will be Nebraska’s next nemesis, the New Texas? Could it be Michigan and their deep pockets, Ohio State and their recruiting prowess? Wisky, Sparty or the Hawkeyes? To answer that, we have to look at what turned Texas into public enemy No. 1 in the first place.



    - Heartbreaking losses and the suffering afterwards: Texas doled out plenty of losses to Nebraska, but so did Oklahoma (4-1 since 2004) and Texas Tech (4-0). They never generated Longhorn-style heat from Nebraska faithful. It was how the Huskers lost to the Longhorns that defined the poisonous rivalry - One part close margin of loss, and one part self-inflicted wounds.

    Texas beat Nebraska nearly every time, but what made it maddening were the scores. 20-16, 24-20, 22-20, 28-25, and who can forget 13-12? The outcomes were often thanks in large part to Nebraska itself: falling for Roll Left, skipping the game-tying field goal to throw the end zone pick and dropping the ball (literally) on Terrence Nunn’s game-sealing first down.

    Even the infamous extra second was after the Huskers’ vaunted 2009 defense finally showed some cracks. These games always seemed be televised with a lot on the line to boot. Close, self-induced losses for the entire world to see.



    - Painful program disparities: The University of Texas at Austin, deep in the heart of the Lone Star State, has one of the most enviable recruiting positions in the country with near unlimited access to blue chippers and the ability to fill up Junior Day every year.

    Nebraska, with no interior FBS-level pipeline, has to work for every star. Recruiting, much like all areas of football operations, also takes deep pockets to function properly. Even as a national brand, the Huskers will never have Texas-sized coffers. The Longhorns never struggle to keep up with the Joneses. They are the Joneses.



    - Clear, undeniable and irreconcilable differences: Nebraska is built on blue collar football. Walk on, work hard, run the ball, play defense. Nothing fancy. Texas, on the other hand, seemed all about flash and panache.

    The pedigree of Chris Simms, the rebellious spirit of Ricky Williams, the raw athleticism of Vince Young; all perfect foils to Nebraska’s low key cast.

    Even the coaching staffs were cut of a different cloth. Bo Pelini was as much a hard-nosed media-avoiding coach as Mack Brown was a smarmy, media-loving coach. Nebraskans never seemed to warm up to Brown like they did Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops.

    Brown, in a constantly quasi-patronizing way, showed respect for Nebraska, but it was hard to at least question if it wasn’t because he was so often on the winning end.

    Beyond Nebraska and Texas’ differing playing styles and staffs, the states themselves always seemed farther apart than the friendly 450 miles down I-35 would suggest. On the football field, these contrasting approaches clashed in a rare, tangible way.

    Who will be the new source of heartburn for the Husker faithful? With a season full of Big Ten data in the books, several recurring matchups hold promise.



    Wisconsin looks to be a salty, cross-divisional battle. Penn State has a geographical, big brand, Big Ten book-end appeal. Michigan has the yearly clash of college football royalty in its favor.

    Ohio State has the Youngstown connection. Michigan State has a strange, respectful fellowship brewing. Iowa is the validated border war that so many Nebraskans craved in the days of the Big 12. In a single season, one gets the idea that the Cornhuskers will have no shortage of potential dates to the rivalry prom.

    The question remains: Who’s “Texas?” A nemesis is different than a rival, while not mutually exclusive. The key difference being that a rival often respects you, but a nemesis hates you and everything about you.

    We can use the process of elimination to shrink our list of the aforementioned Big Ten roster. Let’s boldly remove the Urban Meyer-led elephant in the room: Ohio State.

    After all, last season Nebraska borrowed some Longhorn Luck against The Ohio State, winning a 34-27 comeback special. With Bo’s Ohio connection, it seems the Buckeyes may end up more of an “Oklahoma” in Nebraska’s eyes, so they’re out.

    So is Penn State, who won’t likely win many football games for a long time. Wisconsin and Michigan State seem to have the ingredients to spoil some Husker seasons, but neither program has the deep pockets we’re looking for, and let’s face it, they’re basketball schools when it comes down to it.

    Iowa is intriguing and seems thorn-worthy, but in reality they’re too much like Nebraska. There’s no culture clash. It’s also difficult to imagine the Hawkeyes crushing the Huskers' dreams year in and year out.

    With their black and gold uniforms making the comparison all too natural, the Hawkeyes seem more like the Big Ten’s Missouri equivalent as far as the Big Red is concerned.

    Only one team remains. Another football giant, and one of a different temperament, one that's a little meaner: Michigan.



    The maize and blue has no love lost for Nebraska. Ask any Michigan fan who the “real” 1997 national champion is. You’ll receive an angry burst about being wronged at the hands of Nebraska. Fresh anger, like it all went down yesterday. Husker fans are more than ready to defend their position, too.

    While both teams have only met once under the Big Ten banner, the programs seem to have a head start on hating each other.

    Put the Wolverines up against the criteria listed and it all syncs up. Last season, Michigan delivered a jagged 45-17 drubbing, memorable thanks in no small part to Nebraska helping out with an eye-popping string of errors.

    The win catapulted Michigan to a BCS appearance, a win over Virginia Tech, and an 11-2 season. Nebraska faded from the BCS picture, and ended the season with a thud. With so much on the line, the Wolverines bested the Huskers by never losing their cool.

    Very Texas-like and with Brady Hoke closing the books on just his first season at the helm, it’s easy to see more losses being handed to Nebraska courtesy of Hoke and company.

    In terms of program differences, Michigan is hard to compare with anyone, let alone Nebraska. Much like Texas, they are built on prestige. Wolverines know this, and they treasure it openly. The all-time NCAA wins record, the ridiculous 11 national titles, the “Michigan Man.”

    The Wolverines can be summed up with one simple image: Desmond Howard’s Heisman pose. It’s hard to imagine anything that clashes more with Nebraska’s football philosophy.

    The Huskers have some of the greatest fans in college football with the NCAA sellout record to show for it, while the stories coming out of the Big House regarding Buckeye visitors are enough to make even Mack Brown blush.

    Finally, there’s the culture. Both states are Midwestern, cold weather and blue collar. Any argument of complete symmetry between these states needs to take a “Michigan left.” Detroit and the entire state of Michigan were built off the auto industry. They are blue collar in a manufacturing sense, while Nebraska is in an agricultural sense.

    Michigan claims 10 million people and shrinking, while Nebraska steadily cruises toward two million in population. Michigan thinks Nebraska is flyover country. Nebraska thinks Michigan is rust country.

    The two states don’t meet in the middle on much despite being Midwestern brethren. They are New Big Ten versus Old Big Ten. Nebraska versus Michigan, It has a nice, nasty ring to it. It seems like a rivalry in the making, but there’s a weird vibe about it, something we’ve all felt before.

    It may be a new era in Nebraska football, but somewhere along the Big Red in the Big Ten parade route lurks a new archenemy. It's much like the old one, except this one has wings instead of horns.

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    Tags: big ten, texas

  3. 2012 Feb 02

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Audible Audibles Feat. Bill Connelly

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    Husker Locker's Brandon Cavanaugh sits down with some of the biggest and brightest minds in college football with the site's newest feature: Audible Audibles.

    This week, Bill Connelly, writer for SB Nation and one of Football Outsiders' football stat gurus brings his chalkboard into the Husker Locker classroom.

    Topics include:

    - Connelly's take on Nebraska
    - What Nebraska's Fumblitis says about the program
    - How much does recruiting affect a program's success?
    - How to use recruiting rankings efficiently
    - How much of a class must contribute for it to be considered a good class?
    - Nebraska's chances of winning a Big Ten championship, BCS Bowl and national championship within the next five years
    - The importance of third down
    - Connelly throws Cavanaugh a curve ball about the Husker receiving corps

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    Tags: fumbles, recruiting, big ten, bcs, wide receivers

  4. 2012 Jan 26

    Husker Heartbeat 1/26: Dennard Out of Senior Bowl, Chargers Eyeing David and Burkhead Soon Needs Your Help

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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Alfonzo Dennard won't be playing in this weekend's Senior Bowl due to injury

    - The San Diego Chargers have their eye on Lavonte David

    - Nebraska head baseball coach Erstad isready to prove skeptics wrong

    - Rex Burkhead and Team Jack will soon need your help

    - Reviewed Big Ten plays were overturned 1/3 of the time

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    Tags: alfonzo dennard, lavonte david, rex burkhead, darin erstad, big ten

  5. 2012 Jan 25

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Audible Audibles Feat. Intelligent College Football's Tim Hyland

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    Husker Locker's Brandon Cavanaugh sits down with some of the biggest and brightest minds in college football with the site's newest feature: Audible Audibles.

    This week, Penn State graduate Tim Hyland, college football writer for About.com and Founder of Intelligentcollegefootball.com stops by for a chat.

    Topics include:

    - Hyland's take on Nebraska
    - Does he agree with LJS' Steve Sipple that Nebraska's brand needs some polish?
    - Is the Big Ten now Urban Meyer's sandbox?
    - Hyland's take on Joe Paterno's legacy

    Finally, the cross-divisional rival goes Three and Out. Will Hyland answer the three questions given or call an audible to see one of the other six questions prepared?

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    Tags: big ten, urban meyer, joe paterno

  6. 2012 Jan 05

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Audible Audibles Feat. Jeff Svoboda of Buckeye Sports Bulletin

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    Husker Locker's Brandon Cavanaugh sits down with some of the biggest and brightest minds in college football with the site's newest feature: Audible Audibles.

    This week, Jeff Svoboda, longtime writer for Buckeye Sports Bulletin stops by for some Big Ten banter.

    Topics include:

    - Svoboda's take on Nebraska
    - A Buckeye's take on Bo Pelini as the Huskers' head man
    - The Penn State coaching search circus
    - The Big Ten/Pac-12 merger
    - And more!

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    Tags: bo pelini, penn state, big ten, pac 12

  7. 2011 Dec 29

    Husker Heartbeat 12/29: Beck Back in His Element, Enunwa Pushing People Around and Recruiting Up in the Air

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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - A former Central Florida Knight, Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck is right at home in Orlando

    - Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa finds himself more than happy getting physical with opposing cornerbacks

    - Football recruiting coordination duties have yet to be officially assigned

    - The Big Ten and Pac-12 will be seeing each other far more often outside of the Rose Bowl soon

    - Husker fans are showing why bowls covet their presence by pumping money into the Orlando economy

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    Tags: tim beck, quincy enunwa, big ten, pac 12

  8. 2011 Dec 15

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Audible Audibles Feat. Adam Kramer of Kegs N' Eggs

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    Husker Locker's Brandon Cavanaugh sits down with some of the biggest and brightest minds in college football with the site's newest feature: Audible Audibles.

    This week, Adam Kramer, the founder and head writer of Kegs N' Eggs, the USA Today of college football news, views, hilarity and wagering (for entertainment purposes only) stops by.

    Topics include:

    - Kramer's take on Nebraska
    - The Capital One Bowl and who Kramer likes to take it
    - The Big Ten's bowl bonanza
    - Whether the Game of the Century II should be happening
    - The Annual BCS Controversy®
    - Playoff possibilities

    Finally, the handicapping Hawkeye goes Three and Out. Will Kramer answer the three questions given or call an audible?

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    Tags: capital one bowl, big ten, lsu, alabama, bcs, playoff

  9. 2011 Dec 06

    Husker Heartbeat 12/06: Pelini vs. Pelini, Lavonte David's Special Honor and Big Red Helps Set Record

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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - It'll be Pelini vs. Pelini in 2014 as Florida Atlantic and Nebraska will clash

    - Lavonte David became the first Nebraska linebacker in 11 years to be named a first team All-American

    - A hot name among the replacements for Carl Pelini: Mike Stoops

    - Former Husker assistant and North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl sings the praises of a college football playoff

    - Thanks to the Huskers, the Big Ten conference is sending a record 10 teams bowling this year

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    Tags: bo pelini, carl pelini, lavonte david, mike stoops, craig bohl, big ten

  10. 2011 Dec 04

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: The Huskers' 2011 Bowl Possibilities

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    By James Stevenson

    Since Nebraska sat out the Big Ten title game, Husker fans’ attention has turned to dreams of a sunny Florida getaway in January. Nebraska is hoping to be selected for their first New Year’s Day bowl game since 2009.

    It’s not safe to book plane tickets just yet as the Huskers have three or four realistic bowl destinations. While three are in Florida, the worst-case scenario could send you to get a bit of dry heat.

    The top five Big Ten Bowl tie-ins are:

    1. Rose Bowl (Big Ten Champion)
    2. Capital One Bowl
    3. Outback Bowl
    4. Gator Bowl
    5. Insight Bowl

    Some ground rules to understand in terms of Big Ten Bowl Selection: The loser of the conference championship game cannot fall past the Gator Bowl. This prevents things like Nebraska’s Big 12 office-aided rematch with Washington last year. Secondly, the Capital One and Outback Bowl cannot take any team if there is a team that has two fewer losses available. In other words, you can’t take a 6-6 Ohio State team over a 9-3 Penn State squad.

    A quick look at the current Big Ten standings and BCS rankings:

    13. Michigan State (10-2)
    15. Wisconsin (10-2)
    16. Michigan (10-2)
    19. Nebraska (9-3)
    21. Penn State (9-3)
    Iowa (7-5)
    Northwestern (6-6)
    Purdue (6-6)
    Ohio State (6-6)
    Illinois (6-6)

    Stunningly, the Big Ten has 10 eligible teams, but only eight bowl bids. Fortunately for the conference (and maybe Illinois), Michigan is looking to crash the BCS party, which should move everyone up a notch. If the Wolverines can crack the BCS Top 14 (which should happen as they pass Michigan State due to their loss and Georgia since they tanked in the SEC Championship game), the Wolverines are almost a lock for an at-large BCS berth in the Sugar or Fiesta Bowl. This is very important.

    Best Case Scenario: Capital One Bowl – Jan 2 – Orlando, Florida (ESPN)

    Nebraska vs. Arkansas

    Assuming Alabama and LSU play a rematch in the national title game and Michigan gets into the BCS, the Huskers would face the 10-2 Razorbacks here. This would be a tough match-up, though Nebraska’s improving secondary play would give them a legitimate shot.

    Bo Pelini’s defenses seem to play exceedingly well with a long time to prepare, but the Razorback defense has become quite stingy. Hopefully the Huskers could pick on former Nebraska commit cornerback Tevin Mitchell who defected to Arkansas.

    Second Best Option: Outback Bowl – Jan 2 – Tampa, Florida (ABC)

    Nebraska vs. South Carolina
    (Expected: Michigan State vs. South Carolina)


    It’s not a guarantee that Michigan makes the BCS. Baylor could leapfrog the Maize and Blue thanks to their win over Texas. Regardless, if for some reason Michigan doesn’t crack the BCS Top 14, the Capital One Bowl would select them over Nebraska.

    This would be good news for anyone who likes Bloomin’ Onions though, as the Outback Steakhouse-sponsored bowl would happily bring the Huskers to Tampa. Look for another SEC matchup against another great defense, one that will test Tim Beck and the Huskers offense.

    Near-Worst Case Scenario: Gator Bowl – Jan 2 – Tampa, Florida (ESPN2)

    Nebraska vs. Florida/Auburn
    (Expected: Ohio State vs. Florida/Auburn)


    This is probably the easiest SEC match-up the Huskers could hope for. There’s almost no way this scenario would happen, though. Michigan State would’ve had to win the B1G Championship, Michigan would have to be absent from the BCS, and the Outback Bowl would need to decide that the Badgers' Russell Wilson and Montee Ball will sell more seats and garner more TV ratings than the Huskers.

    It’s a possibility, but given how poorly Wisconsin fans travelled to the Big Ten Championship game, one would think that the Gator Bowl is resigned to taking the Big Ten title game loser if Michigan doesn’t make the BCS and otherwise will reach to grab the Buckeyes and their re-energized fanbase.

    All Hell Breaks Loose Scenario: Insight Bowl – Dec 30 – Tempe, Arizona (ESPN)

    Nebraska vs. Texas A&M
    (Expected: Penn State vs. Texas A&M)


    It’s hard to imagine how this scenario could play out. Maybe Bo Pelini finds another job, or a scandal breaks for Nebraska. Michigan misses the BCS, and Urban Meyer decides to actually coach the Ohio State Bowl game.

    This is unlikely to happen, but despite Sun Devil Stadium being a house of Husker horror, the storyline of a “rematch” with Texas A&M would somewhat entertaining (as long as they didn’t use Big XII officials). It’s more likely that Penn State plays here in a contest surrounded by terribly disappointed fans.

    All in all, it looks like the Huskers will be heading to Florida to take on an SEC opponent, and likely a good one. The Big Ten Bowl possibilities are pretty amazing after coming from the Big 12, so it’s exciting to look forward to what should be such a high-quality opponent and bowl game looming on the Husker schedule.

    The best news: any of these cities is within decent driving distance from each other. Most importantly, you can go see Mickey and the gang at Disneyworld.

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    Tags: big ten, rose bowl, capital one bowl, outback bowl, gator bowl, insight bowl, michigan state, wisconsin, michigan, penn state, arkansas, south carolina, auburn, florida, texas a, m

  11. 2011 Dec 02

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: A Look Around the Nation - Championship Week

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    By Brian Towle

    The first Saturday in December begins the end of the college football regular season. This includes conference championship games across the land, regular season finales that decide title appearances and the coaching carousel keeps spinning throughout December. Lets get right to the beef of the games, shall we?

    Marathon MAC Championship – Detroit, Michigan

    Ohio vs Northern Illinois – Friday 6:00 PM, ESPN

    MACtion makes its final regular season curtain call as the fighting Frankies head to Detroit’s Ford Field to take on Northern Illinois. The Huskies, who are ranked No. 8 in FBS rushing offense, bring in dual-threat quarterback Chandler Harnish to face a Bobcat defense that is adequate.

    Ohio is also riding a wave of momentum into this game thanks to a five-game win streak.Surprising sophomore quarterback Tyler Tettleton has thrown for nearly 3,000 yards. Northern Illinois can score, but they can also be scored upon (with a No. 94 scoring defense). Look for Frank Solich to get a conference title, though this one won't take him to Tempe.

    Winner: Ohio

    Pac-12 Championship - Eugene, Oregon

    UCLA vs. No. 9 Oregon – Friday 7:00 PM, FOX

    The inaugrual Pac-12 title game will be hosted by the folks in Autzen as UCLA, accompanied by their lame duck head coach Rick Neuheisel, try to keep the spread inside 40 against the high-octane Oregon offense.

    The Bruins' defense gives up a lot of points, and the offense doesn't put many on the scoreboard. Here’s hoping Neuheisel has as much grace falling on his sword following this game as he has through the week. Oregon should cruise even without LaMichael James

    Winner: Oregon

    SEC Championship Game – Atlanta, Georgia

    No. 14 Georgia vs No. 1 LSU – 2:00 PM, CBS

    For a game that has had plenty of implications in previous years, this year’s tilt in the Georgia Dome won't factor much into who will make the BCS title game. According to whom you listen to, that is. LSU is the only undefeated BCS team in America, and they will take on a surprising Georgia squad that somehow found themselves atop the SEC East.

    Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and a better-than-most offense has saved Mark Richt’s job (again) and has bought him some time between the hedges. However, these are the LSU Tigers that they are playing. That the game's taking place in Georgia means nothing.

    The Tigers spotted a decent Arkansas team 14 points before running them out of the building by the fourth quarter. This will be close early, but put your money on the horseshoe hiding in Les Miles’ body.

    Winner: LSU

    The Defacto Big 12 Championship Game - Stillwater, Oklahoma

    No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 3 Oklahoma State - 7:00 PM, ABC

    Bedlam has arrived and folks across the country are amped, even without the fanfare and title implications that we were hoping in the middle of October. A very interesting game as Oklahoma State finally has all of the ponies to defeat the Sooners.

    However, Okie State has been known to take the night off during games like this. Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon have shown up all year, but they need one more dynamite night to get Oklahoma State into the BCS with a chance at a title game appearance.

    Oklahoma isn’t the same team on offense without the threat of injured wide receiver Ryan Broyles, whether people admit it or not. The Cowboys need a big win to get into the title game. I don’t think they'll be victorious by a wide margin, but they should finally bring a Big 12 title back home.

    Winner: Oklahoma State

    Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game - Charlotte, North Carolina

    No. 5 Virginia Tech vs. No. 20 Clemson – 7:00 PM, ESPN

    These two teams were picked by many to meet for the conference crown before the season began. Few thought that Clemson would be reeling as they are right now having lost three of their last four games. Virginia Tech is coming into the game looking to avenge their only loss of the year, losing to the Tigers in Lane Stadium 23-3 on October 1.

    Clemson was white hot on offense back then. However, quarterback Tajh Boyd is still throwing the ball pretty well, though the Hokies' defense has only improved. Usually in games like this, you look at what each team has done over the last month and factor that in heavily. That's exactly what makes the pick easy.

    Winner: Virginia Tech

    Inaugural Big 10 Championship – Indianapolis, Indiana

    No. 15 Wisconsin vs No. 13 Michigan State – 7:17 PM, FOX

    Finally, we head to Lucas Oil Stadium for a rematch between two teams who supplied us with of one of the best finishes of the year. When they first played on October 22, a hail mary pass from Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins to wide receiver Keith Nichol on the final play of the game stunned everyone as Wisconsin had come down from 14 points to tie the game with less than 2 minutes remaining.

    Both teams haven't changed much since they first met. The one thing that stands out as this game approaches is that Wisconsin’s running game has gotten bigger and better down the stretch, meaning Russell Wilson isn’t as necessary for a win. That alone could mean that the Spartans need to shut down the running game entirely and make Wilson beat them.

    Michigan State's defense isn't too shabby (No. 6 in FBS), so if Cousins can move the ball and get six on the board more often than assisting in setting up three, it should mean good things for the Spartans. That being said, I just can’t see the Badgers playing as poorly in the first half as they did in East Lansing.

    Winner: Wisconsin

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    Tags: big ten, big 12, pac12, mac, acc, sec, wisconsin, michigan state, ucla, oregon, ohio, northern illinois, lsu, georgia, clemson, virginia tech, oklahoma, oklahoma state

  12. 2011 Dec 02

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: An Interview with "Dan Beebe"

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    By Erin Sorensen

    Former Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe has a Twitter presence whether he wants it or not. When asked if he had ever seen his parody account, @DanBeebe, Beebe’s response was simple, “That guy’s funny.”

    With nearly 16,000 followers, “Danny Dan” has created quite a fan following while sharing interesting tidbits about his everyday life, or as he calls it now, “the buyout life.” I was fortunate enough to sit down with “Dan Beebe” and get some insight into his views on the state of college athletics and life after his Big 12 tenure.

    Erin: Hi Dan. Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for HuskerLocker.com. How are you today?

    DB: I'm spectacular. Danny Dan was made for the buyout life. I'm having a snifter of Danny Dan Juice as we speak. I mean hey, it's Friday, right?

    Erin: Alright, let’s get to it: What is life like for Dan Beebe now?

    DB: I get up at about noon, noon-thirty, maybe one or two, flip on QVC for the latest deals and then decide if I want to go play 18 or not wear pants that day. I usually choose no pants.

    Erin: Have you taken up any new hobbies that you didn’t have time for before?

    DB: Well, Texas A&M and Mizzou have opened me up to the world of the SEC, and now I have time to figure out just what's so special about that conference. After listening to the Paul Finebaum Show, all I can deduce is that “fanbases filled with Tebow-humping hillbilly conspiracy theorists" has a much more powerful draw than I ever could have imagined.

    Time for drink number two.

    Erin: It appeared that after you were fired as Big 12 commissioner that you were done with Twitter. What brought you back?

    DB: I couldn't easily desert my thousands of fans in the #BeebeNation. To that end, I find that it is important to network and help those that I respect. Right now, in fact, I'm working on getting my good buddy Rick Neuheisel back in the college ranks, and I think with the right amount of Direct Messages to Bill Byrne, we can do it.

    Erin: You have nearly 16,000 followers on Twitter. How does that make you feel?

    DB: It's a wonderful feeling. 2,000 more people and I'll have more followers than Baylor's average football attendance.

    Erin: Do you want to be the commissioner of any other conference? If so, which one?

    DB: I've never really thought that the Big Ten has done things the right way because if I was going to take a school from another conference I DEFINITELY wouldn't send me a text message that says “everything's cool” because it WASN'T COOL, DELANY.

    I mean, I never really liked Tom Osborne and I'm about 50 percent sure he's some sort of Dementor from Harry Potter or something but it was still backhanded how that whole process was handled.

    So the Big Ten, I guess.

    Erin: A Craigslist ad was posted this week that many determined was about needing seat-fillers for the Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis. If you were in Jim Delany’s shoes, how would you have avoided this situation?

    DB: Here's how I would avoid that avalanche of crapness. I would hold my conference title game in Cowboys Stadium. I would make sure Texas or Oklahoma was in it every year. And I sure as hell would figure out a better city than Indiangoddamnapolis to send fans for a football game.

    WAIT, I ACTUALLY DID ALL THOSE THINGS, AND YET JIM DELANY HAS A JOB AND I DON'T! RIDDLE ME THAT, BATHUSKER!

    Erin: Another rumor started circulating today that Mack Brown plans to retire after this season. Care to comment?

    DB: No, YOU need to cut back on the Danny Dan Juice. I’m AN ADULT. I GET TO MAKE MY OWN DECISIONS ABOUT ME.

    Erin: Speaking of Texas, The Longhorn Network – What are your thoughts?

    DB: I JUST SAID RWHAT M Y THUOFHTS WERE GET ME morE DANNY DAN JCIUE

    Erin: Who do you think will win the Heisman Award this year?

    DB: I THINK CRAIG JAMES WILL PRAOBEBLY WIN THE NEXT FIVE FOR HISE TIME AT SMU AND THEN LOSE EM AND WE'LL ALL BE LIKE #REMEMBERTHESMU5

    oH WAIT #BAYLORTARP4HEISMAN

    Erin: What about the National Championship?

    DB: the nahtoinal chpampingonship is probaly goi ng to be lplatyed by LSU and ALabama, whichsounsds okay to me becauoe if therets one thing wer all werre thinkgjng after ther first time rthey played, iut was GIME SICXTY MOREJ MOINUTES OF THATA

    dannydanjuuuuuuuuuuiiiicccceeeeeeeeeeee

    Erin: What bowl do you predict Nebraska will go to, who will they play, and what will the score be?

    DB: ahahahahahah my vote is taeg theys shouled go to the insighte bowl and htaet zombie biill snyder acan be all like GIVE ME PELINIS BRAINS then when he gets to bo and finds tahtw all thats inside is a warm goo he wont have any brains to eat adn i guess the corn mihgt win

    Erin: Any final thoughts for the Nebraska fans reading this?

    DB: hoep ruuyou ajhve ofun uitjkj n jyou r bigh TEN OH OUYOU HAVE SO MANT YTHEAMS HNOW HEHT SELL OUTH ITS THE JAN ROBEOHJ GARPAOEEE

    Erin: Thank you again for taking the time to chat with me, Dan. I very much appreciate it.

    DB: Cheaourehighilbilbfslfbslhfbsibfshlpizza…

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  13. 2011 Dec 02

    The OFFICIAL Husker Locker Podcast 12/02: The Heavy-Hitting Championship Week Edition

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    Special guest Adam Kramer of the popular college football blog Kegs 'N Eggs joins us.

    A podcast featuring ONLY questions asked by you, the Husker Locker fan base:

    - Where will the Big Ten rank among all other conferences with Urban Meyer joining Ohio State and other shakeups in the league?
    - What's in store for the 2012 Blackshirts?
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  14. 2011 Dec 02

    Husker Heartbeat 12/02: Pelini Denies FAU Move, Ron Brown Stands by Sacrifice and Initial NU Bowl Interest

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    A daily dose of what's new in Husker Nation from Monday through Friday:

    - Nebraska defensive coordinator denies taking the head coaching position at Florida Atlantic

    - Running backs coach Ron Brown stands by the idea that success is forged off the field just as much as on it

    - No Big Ten Championship? No problem. Bowl game package sales are booming despite the lack of a Cornhusker contingent in Indianapolis.

    - The Husker volleyballers pummel Jackson State into a fine paste with a 3-0 sweep

    - Nebraska volleyball head coach John Cook gets a dig of his own in at the NCAA selection committee

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    Tags: carl pelini, ron brown, big ten, volleyball, john cook

  15. 2011 Nov 22

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Audible Audibles Feat. EveryDayShouldBeSaturday.com's Luke Zimmermann

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    Husker Locker Editor and Community Manager Brandon Cavanaugh sits down with some of the biggest and brightest minds in college football with a brand new feature: Audible Audibles.

    This week, Luke Zimmermann of EveryDayShouldBeSaturday.com, one of college football's premiere sites, rocks the mic.

    Topics include:

    - Zimmermann's take on Nebraska
    - Bo Pelini vs. Urban Meyer as Ohio State's next head coach
    - Big Ten referees
    - Is college football better than the NFL?

    Finally, the verbal virtuoso goes Three and Out. Will Zimmermann answer the three questions given or call an audible?

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  16. 2011 Nov 08

    BIG TEN: Chatting with BTN's Brent Yarina

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    Since Brent has been so kind as to feature several of Husker Locker's tweets from during Husker games, we decided to bring him straight to the source to introduce himself to Nebraska fans.

    Tell us about your primary job with BTN

    My title is Web News Editor. Like any job, though, my duties and responsibilities have grown a lot since I started in 2007. So, in addition to running BTN.com on a daily basis along with my boss, Chris Malcolm, I’ve become a blogger and a tweeter, among other things.

    The role of “blogger” is my favorite part of the gig. I went to school to be a sports writer and my first jobs out of school were as a beat reporter in Texas, so I’ve really enjoyed the chance to offer my thoughts and analysis on Big Ten football and basketball.

    As my friends often tell me, “You’re job is so sweet, because you get paid to watch sports!” They’re right on.

    Do you mainly keep an eye on Big Ten sports or do you take in an entire day’s college football?

    It’s Big Ten all the time here. I wish I had time to keep up with the other conferences and watch some of their games, but there’s just so much going on in the Big Ten during the course of a Saturday that I wouldn’t be doing my job if I tuned into another game.

    That said, I have to admit I do always make it a point to keep tabs on my alma mater, TCU. That’s the only one, though!

    What was your initial reaction when you found out that Nebraska was going to be a part of the Big Ten conference?

    I thought it was a great match. When rumors first started about the Big Ten expanding, I considered many schools, such as Notre Dame, Missouri, Rutgers, and even Texas. For whatever reason, I never even thought of Nebraska.

    I’m not sure why. I guess I just figured they were happy in the Big 12. Why Texas then, you ask? I thought Jim Delany might try to steal them from the Big 12 to make the Big Ten untouchable, as far as football powers and recruiting grounds go.

    What’s your favorite Big Ten venue for any sport?

    Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. I grew up going to Bob Knight’s basketball camp as a kid and always looked forward to when the staff brought us to the arena.

    It’s old, it’s beautiful, and it’s so historical. I always dreamed of playing there someday as a kid, and when I would shoot hoops in my backyard, I’d pretend I was hitting the winning shot for the Hoosiers. We all did that kind of stuff, right?

    Are there any particular matchups in any sport that you want to see in Lincoln?

    A football game against any Big Ten foe would be a great experience, obviously, but that’s too easy of an answer. I’m a baseball fan first, so I’d love to take in a Huskers game on the diamond against a national power.

    It’s early, but what is your impression of the Big Ten/Nebraska connection thus far?

    I’m not saying this because I work for BTN or because you are affiliated with Nebraska, but it’s been great. As cheesy as it sounds, Nebraska and the Big Ten just seem like the perfect match.

    Everything about the school fits the Big Ten mold. From the loyal, dedicated fans to the traditions to the iconic football stadium to the rich football history to the emphasis on Olympic Sports, Nebraska seems like it should have been in the Big Ten all along.

    Is there a favorite Nebraska Cornhusker player amongst the BTN staff?

    Never had that conversation, but I’m guessing Tommie Frazier would be atop just about everyone’s list. Talk about an exciting player.

    We had him on for a CoverItLive chat during our day of welcoming Nebraska to the Big Ten, and he was a pleasure to work with. Based on the numbers of that chat, it’s clear he’s a name that resonates with Big Ten fans, young and old.

    Who’s your favorite BTN personality and why?

    Favorite BTN talent of all time would be our former basketball analyst and current ESPN analyst Dan Dakich. Not only is Dan an insightful analyst – I always seem to learn something new listening to him – he’s also a great guy.

    As for current talent, I’m a big fan of a lot of the guys. Big Ten Football and Beyond’s Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune stands out as one guy. I like his writing, and he’s someone I enjoy seeing around the studio because we have very different views on the BCS. In person or on Twitter, he’s always ready for a fun-filled debate.

    Has anything about the Nebraska sports program surprised you?

    The amenities in the football locker room. They’re unreal. The Huskers have a very easy sell to recruits.

    How do you like your steak?

    Medium. I wouldn’t be against a side of grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes accompanying it.

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  17. 2011 Nov 04

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Top Five Things the Huskers Must Do To Be Big Ten Champs - No. 1

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    - Keep the Momentum

    Through a record-setting comeback, a well-placed bye, a conference cupcake, and a gritty home win over a top 10 team, the Huskers have built themselves quite the upswing in momentum.

    The mission is to keep that momentum from turning into a pendulum that drops Nebraska back down to its post-Wisconsin slump.

    It’s incredibly unlikely Northwestern will spoil the Huskers’ charmed stretch. The following weeks, with back to back road games against Michigan and Penn State, are fine candidates to rain on the Big Red parade.

    Nebraska must not forget this October – and that includes the Wisconsin shellacking – because it’s what fired them up and put them back in the top 10, and in control of their own destiny in the Legends Division. Northwestern should be easy pickings, offering a chance to improve even more on defense and continue to find rhythm on offense.

    Then Nebraska faces its big road tests. Do these Huskers have the mettle to walk into the Big House in Ann Arbor and deliver a loss to a good team with a great quarterback in front of what is sure to be a raucous crowd? Can they do the same in Happy Valley, a place that was not so kind to Nebraska the last time around?

    If Tim Beck continues to manage offensive game plan well and the Pelini brothers show that the Blackshirts are back – which won ‘t truly happen until November 12 against Mr. Robinson – then Nebraska will more than earn its shot at all the marbles.

    It didn’t seem possible one month ago, but that was before the Huskers heated up. They need to keep crank that heat up in cold, unfamiliar stadiums. The sweet reward will be a crack at the inaugural Big Ten crown in the warm, cozy confines of Lucas Oil Stadium and toting a conference championship home for the first time in 12 years.

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    Tags: wisconsin, mcihigan, penn state, denard robinson, northwestern, lucas oil stadium, big ten

  18. 2011 Nov 01

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Top Five Things the Huskers Must Do To Be Big Ten Champs - No. 2

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    - Less Us vs. Media/Fans and More Us vs. The Opponents

    There’s been far too much infighting among Nebraska’s stakeholders. That includes players, coaches, fans, and the media.

    Why is Bo taking time to acknowledge the boo birds? The “us vs. the world” mentality only strengthens your enemy because it acknowledges them – they just boo louder. Also, is it truly “us” if there are players commenting to the media about team efforts? Keep that in the locker room.

    Why is the media obsessing over fan reaction and issuing apologies to players? Are we too swayed by an always-on, social-media-fueled environment? Are we bored? I surmise one cause is the disorientation that comes with a new conference. We are the new kid in class, and we seem to be in the back row picking our own scabs.

    It’s time to make a friend, or better yet an enemy.

    If players are frustrated about how they – or others – are playing then take it out on the other team. Tackle them, knock them down, talk a little trash. Take Wisconsin’s attitude of “you don’t belong here” and turn it on its head. Use it and show every remaining opponent – including possibly Wisconsin for a second time – that Nebraska can stand up to anyone in the Big Ten.

    That Nebraska is more “Big Ten” than most teams in the conference, and has been for decades. The Cornhuskers don’t have any rivalries built up yet, so Nebraska needs to dig deep for sources of motivation. Taking advantage of the root cause of what made players like Ndamukong Suh so fun to watch might benefit Nebraska greatly.

    Take out aggression on the field and things fall into place. The one thing the players, coaches, fans, and even media have in common is they want Nebraska to win. Everybody loves winning. If the Nebraska family can restore the focus to beating up on the opponent instead of themselves, good things will come.

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    Tags: big ten, bo pelini, wisconsin, ndamukong suh

  19. 2011 Oct 25

    NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Top Five Things the Huskers Must Do To Be Big Ten Champs - No. 5

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    - Improve By Leaps and Bounds on Defense

    If Nebraska fans are staked out on the road to the Big Ten Championship Game, they’re watching for the Blackshirts to roll by. I’m not sure we’ve seen them yet. Fans would like to see this team improve on both sides of the ball, of course. Let's assume for a moment that Nebraska's mercurial offense will find uncanny ways to score at least 21 points in its remaining games.

    The Huskers needs some defense. It's maddening to try and understand why Nebraska has fallen like a rock in almost every defensive category this year. These players aren’t unfamiliar to the system. Reasons given have been talent, coaching or schemes, but the decline appears to be driven by all three factors.

    Let’s face facts: This is a young secondary that won’t rank more than "average" by season's end. The talent isn’t going to change much. Nebraska also just enjoyed a well-placed week off and a pushover opponent, perfect for coaches to reset and re-connect with their players. Given the secondary’s struggles, defensive improvement rests in the hands of the front seven with special emphasis on the front four.

    Can they generate significant pressure, which doubles as a release valve for the secondary? Can they contain dual-threat quarterbacks as well as they did MarQueis Gray? The Ohio State game showed flashes of pressure, but that came against Joe Bauserman, a guy that makes defensive tackles look swift.

    Championship-caliber teams find a way to bottle up quarterbacks of all kinds, or at least contain them. If the pressure falls entirely on the defensive line, losing Jared Crick was a cruel blow, but can new blood revitalize this group? Will the Huskers get back to camping out in the pocket and causing mayhem? If the defense is to take any steps forward, that progress will start up front.

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    Tags: big ten, blackshirts, marqueis gray, joe bauserman

  20. 2011 Oct 21

    The OFFICIAL Husker Locker Podcast 10/21: Huskers Gopher Broke in Minnesota

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    - Will both the Nebraska offense and defense improve as the season continues?
    - Is Stanley Jean-Baptiste the answer at cornerback opposite Alfonzo Dennard?
    - Can the defense recover and help the Huskers get to the Big Ten Championship Game?
    - Hypothetical position switches
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