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  1. 2011 Nov 18

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: A Look Around the Nation - Week Twelve feat. T-Pain

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    By Brian Towle

    Week 12 has arrived and you know what that means. Only three more weeks of the college football regular season. Sad pandas we all are. Title games are being decided and bowl bids are on the line, not to mention certain jobs. The peaks and valley’s of last week include -

    Winners:

    Clemson: The Tigers are ACC Championship Game-bound again. Now, how to win one of those things...

    Oregon: The Ducks win the Pac-12 North and will host the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game. Run the table, get lucky, and the Quack Attack may be facing LSU again for all the marbles.

    Missouri: A good win against a Texas team that had an offense firing on all cylinders. Emphasis on "had."

    Virginia Tech: The Hokies are setting up their showdown with Clemson.

    Losers:

    Boise State: An inexcusable loss against TCU essentially ends the height of the Kellen Moore era. This is rather sad, because if Moore was at any AQ school, he’d be winning his second Heisman this year. Moore's a winner and will keep notching victories in the NFL. That doesn’t take away that the sting of Boise losing two crucial games by field goals during the past two seasons.

    Texas: Losing in Columbia and hearing SEC chants was bad. Losing running back Fozzy Whitaker for the year is even worse.

    Arizona State: If a team can’t show up for a game against the worst team in the Pac-12, they don’t deserve to go to the title game. The problem is that no one else in the Pac-12 South deserves to go either.

    Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets played Virginia Tech tough, but had the rug yanked out from underneath them at the end.

    Stanford: For the second year in a row, Oregon slugged the Cardinal in the mouth and they couldn’t answer. This Stanford team shouldn't have been ran out of their own home.

    Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Maryland, Syracuse and Tennessee...normally you all would deserve a special something, but one team in particular gets that honor.

    Auburn:



    To preface this, there isn’t a fantastic slate games this week to display the usual total feature on. Since this week is essentially an appetizer, we'll go through the games of main interest. Those include:

    The Good (Watch or stream these games):

    No. 5 Oklahoma at No. 22 Baylor: Can Bob Stoops and company dodge a bullet into Bedlam for a shot at the Big 12 title?

    No. 13 Kansas State at No. 22 Texas: No Fozzy and a shaky scoring could doom the Longhorns against an above average offensive output from the Wildcats.

    No. 21 Penn State at Ohio State: This'll be an interesting environment as the Lions head to Columbus thick with rumors of Urban Meyer taking the reins. This isn't even taking into account the Buckeye seniors who have been tainted from Tat-gate leaving the program.

    SMU at No. 11 Houston: If there is an offensive coordinator that won't mind going blow for blow with Kevin Sumlin, it’s SMU's June Jones. That being said, does Jones have the ponies to stay with Case Keenum?

    USC at No. 4 Oregon: Chip Kelly will have none of Kiffin's shenanigans. Kelly may hang 90 on the Trojans if Lane acts up.

    The Mediocre (keep an eye on these scores):

    Iowa at Purdue: Iowa is reeling and Purdue is riding a wave of momentum after the upset against Ohio State last week. Who will underachieve most?!

    Virginia at No. 25 Florida State: The Seminoles should roll, but the Cavaliers do give others fits.

    Miami at South Florida: Two teams that are fighting to claim the ranking of No. 3 in the state. South Florida has the better quarterback, Miami has the hyped one.

    Colorado State at No. 19 TCU: It'll be interesting to see how the Horned Frogs handle the emotional after effects of the win over Boise State.

    Kentucky at No. 14 Georgia: The Bulldogs are playing to secure an SEC title game bid while Kentucky may be playing for Joker Phillips' empoyment.

    The Ugly (You are watching cause you’re family, lost a bet, or took the line and are profusely sweating about it):

    No. 2 Oklahoma State at Iowa State: Mike Gundy's Cowboys will come firing and secure their No. 2 national ranking.

    Kansas at Texas A&M: At least we know there will be scoring in the second half.

    No. 1 LSU at Ole Miss: This would have been a game ranked higher until Houston Nutt showed his true colors. You would think Nutt would come out guns blazing, however the more analysis this game is given, the more obvious it is that the Rebels are headed for slaughter.

    No. 10 Boise State at San Diego State: Kellen Moore is mad and he’s gonna take it out on Brady Hoke's former team.

    Arizona at Arizona State: Two schools that are fighting for the Northern Nogales Chamber of Commerce seal of approval.

    Vanderbilt at Tennessee: ...I've got nothing.

    Coaches cooking in the Crock Pot this week are:

    Rick Neuheisel, UCLA: Sneaking into the Pac-12 title game could save you. That being said, beating USC likely will save you.

    Turner Gill, Kansas: You're provided a perfect opportunity to get people to call off the dogs on Senior Day. Unfortunately, your defense couldn’t stop a cold much less RG3. With Pinkel's issues, would beating Mizzou help much?

    Paul Wulff, Washington State: The Arizona State win helped your cause. Beat Washington and you may get a pass.

    Steve Fairchild, Colorado State: Four years in with barely a 33 percent winning percentage. Not good, although Colorado's Embree is indirectly helping.

    Randy Edsall, Maryland: Less worrying about uniform combinations and more about winning. Ralph Friedgen got fired for this freak show?

    Mike Sherman, Texas A&M: From where this team started 2011 to a must-win game against Texas to be bowl eligible. How far have you fallen? Then again, beat the Longhorns, have the crowd chant SEC as Thanksgiving night ends, and General Dog may be lenient.

    Tom O’Brien, NC State: His team has scored as many points as his team they've. Not the type of balance a football team is looking for.

    David Cutcliffe, Duke: Getting paid $1.6M at a basketball school doesn’t cut it when you have consecutive three-win seasons.

    Mike Riley, Oregon State: The school in Eugene is getting the talent and the attention. Not good.

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    Tags: clemson, oregon, missouri, virginia tech, boise state, texas, arizona state, georgia tech, stanford, texas tech, texas a, m, maryland, syracuse, tennessee, auburn, rick neuheisel, turner gill, paul wulff, steve fairchild, randy edsall, mike sherman, tom o, brien, david cutcliffe, mike riley

  2. 2011 Sep 07

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: A Look Around the Nation - Week Two

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    By Brian Towle

    What a great week to start off the season!. Before we move on to week two, let’s review last week’s winners and losers.

    Winners:

    Boise State – The Broncos went to Atlanta and throttled the Georgia Bulldogs. For a team that isn’t supposed to be able to hang with the worst of the SEC because of the conference’s supposed superiority, their performance was pretty impressive.

    LSU – Their performance against Oregon wasn’t fantastic, but they took advantage of several Oregon errors and managed the game well enough to make the final score look like a blowout.

    BYU – Starting the season in unfriendly confines for the second time in three years and winning a slugfest speaks volumes about the Cougs.

    Baylor- Robert Griffin III is the real deal.

    Losers:

    Auburn – The Tigers needed an onside kick and what appeared to be favorable clock operation to beat a team from the WAC? Really? Aim for the Independence Bowl, Auburn, because it’s the best you can hope for. A special round of applause goes to Tiger fans who decided to rush to the gates.

    Congratulations on leaving your team lying in the lurch before clapping and celebrating a win on your way out. Apparently the national championship shirts are getting difficult to wear from swelling heads.

    Notre Dame – The weather delays were a sign. You’re doing it wrong.

    Georgia and Ole Miss – A picture’s worth a thousand words, right? -



    Here are your week two dandies. All times listed are in CST.

    Arizona at No. 9 Oklahoma State (7 PM Thursday, ESPN)

    The fantastic duo of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon take on the Wildcats in a Thursday night tilt in Stillwater. Arizona comes into town following a beat down of Northern Arizona while Okie State took care of business against Louisiana-Lafayette. Arizona quarterback Nick Foles returns for what seems to be a ninth season, and has a talented receiver to go to in Juron Criner.

    The Wildcats did shut out Northern Arizona while Oklahoma State had some issues stopping the Raging Cajuns and Weeden did throw a pick-six. However, Weeden also threw for 388 yards. Blackmon helped pick up 144 of those. OSU sophomore Joseph Randle ran for 129 yards at 5-plus yards per carry, too.

    Boone Pickens Stadium has provided solid home field advantage for Mike Gundy, and with the knowledge that a Mike Stoops team doesn’t play well on the road, look for the Cowboys to roll to a win.

    No. 21 Missouri at Arizona State – (9:30 PM Friday, ESPN)

    Gary Pinkel takes his Tigers back to the site of the 2010 Insight Bowl debacle as Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson and linebacker Vontaze Burfict welcome them into the desert heat. Mizzou didn’t impress anyone last week with a lackluster win over Miami of Ohio. Quarterback James Franklin didn’t look remotely as poised as his predecessors Blaine Gabbert and Chase Daniel did.

    For the Sun Devils, quarterback Brock Osweiler did well against UC-Davis until a cramp sidelined him in the third quarter. This game will depend on Franklin’s ability to improve. Defeating a MAC team at home is one thing. Going against defenders like Burfict on the road is a completely different task. Arizona State wins barely because they can run the ball better. If it’s up to Osweiler to save the day, expect struggles by both teams.

    No. 3 Alabama at No. 23 Penn State – (2:30 PM Saturday, Regional)

    Alabama played very well last week versus Kent State. Sophomore quarterback AJ McCarron will more than likely getting the starting nod again. While Nick Saban’s offense was merely efficient, the defense is back to their ball-hawking selves. Penn State didn’t get a proper test from the Indiana State Sycamores as Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin split time at quarterback.

    Joe Paterno has a difficult decision with those two. Bolden is a great talent, but McGloin seems to be the more efficient choice. Regardless, Alabama won’t be scared of Beaver Stadium. The game may be close early, but the mental toughness that Saban instills will be a huge benefit. The Crimson Tide pulls away at the end.

    No. 16 Mississippi State at Auburn – (11:21 AM Saturday, SEC Network (JP)/ESPN3.com)

    Hopefully Gene Chizik realizes that the Bulldogs are legitimate and are far from a WAC team. Dan Mullen brings his boys into Jordan Hare Stadium hoping to get a jump on the SEC West race. Mullen has quarterback Chris Reif and running back Vick Ballard, two seniors with live game time against SEC opposition.

    If freshman wide receiver Jameon Lewis can replicate the numbers he did against Memphis, Mississippi State could be dangerous. Auburn, on the other hand, played down to their competition and looked lost on both sides of the ball. Unless the Tigers improved dramatically in the span of six days, expect the Bulldogs to do well and stake their claim as legitimate SEC competition.

    BYU at No. 24 Texas – (6 PM Saturday, ESPN2)

    The final preview takes us to Austin where the Mighty Mormons invade to take on the Longhorns. Bronco Mendenhall takes super sophomore quarterback Jake Heaps into a second-straight brutal environment. On paper, the Cougars and Longhorns appear to be equals. Texas didn’t look great early on against Rice, but looked far more polished in the second half.

    The locals were not impressed and know that BYU is a very dangerous team to test quarterback Garrett Gilbert and wide receiver Mike Davis against. With running back Malcolm Brown toting the rock, the Longhorns are talented, but young on offense. Jake Heaps is very raw but incredibly talented, and will likely outperform Gilbert. Don’t be shocked if BYU wins, possibly by more than a score.

    Coaches on the Hot Seat:

    Houston Nutt, Mississippi: Well done, coach. You apparently didn’t take another home opener seriously, and BYU made you look silly. The pick-six thrown on 3rd and 23 cemented that. Your game against Southern Illinois is a must win.

    Mark Richt, Georgia: Fans across the nation knew you might be in trouble against Boise, but Aaron Murray should give you hope. That said, starting the season 0-2 by losing to South Carolina would be near-fatal.

    Rick Neuheisel, UCLA: San Jose State is a welcome sight at the Rose Bowl. You’d better beat them so that people might forget how good you made Case Keenum look last week.

    Mike Riley, Oregon State: Sacramento State? You lost a lot, but come on, man. Wisconsin is going to destroy you this week.

    Mike Locksley, New Mexico: The good news is that you kept Colorado State to 14 points. The bad news is that you could only muster 10. Bobby Petrino can easily hang 70 on your nose.

    Bonus Conference Official – Dan Beebe, Big 12 Commissioner: It’s not your fault that Texas A&M, Nebraska, and Colorado left you or that Oklahoma and Oklahoma State want new partners. Repeat that while staring into the mirror and it just might be believable.

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    Tags: college football, boise state, lsu, georgia, ole miss, auburn, notre dame, brandon weeden, justin blackmon, nick foles, joseph randle, mike gundy, mike stoops, gary pinkel, missouri, arizona state, brock osweiler, james franklin, chase daniel, blaine gabbert, vontaze burfict, miami of ohio, alabama, penn state, aj mccarron, nick saban, rob bolden, matt mcgloin, indiana state, joe paterno, gene chizik, mississippi state, texas, byu, houston nutt, mark richt, rick neuheisel, mike locksley, dan beebe, big 12

  3. 2011 Aug 31

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: A Look Around the Nation - Week One

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    By Brian Towle

    The 2011 college football season is finally upon us. The first week brings some great storylines with it. High aspirations of teams such as Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida State and Stanford will give way to inevitable separation of wheat from chaff. Without further adieu, let’s take a look at some notable games this week. All times listed are in CST.

    UNLV at #11 Wisconsin (7 PM Thursday, ESPN)

    The Russell Wilson Show finally takes center stage with a nationally-televised debut at Camp Randall. Wilson, a transfer from NC State, has a one-year deal with Wisconsin, bringing a fairly accurate arm and quick feet to the Badgers offense. On the UNLV sideline, second year coach Bobby Hauck has a very young Rebels team that simply won’t be ready for prime time in Madison.

    The interest of this game lies in how Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema gets Wilson involved in an offense that revolves heavily around ball control. Don’t expect to see fireworks from the Badgers. Pay close attention to how Wilson is used, though. This will give Husker fans a potential peek at how their October meeting with Wisky might play out.

    #14 TCU at Baylor (7 PM Friday, ESPN)

    This game should, and probably will be, much closer than it would’ve been last year. While Gary Patterson brings his fabled defense led by senior linebacker Tank Carder into Waco, gone is All-Everything quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. The reins of the Horned Frogs’ offense have been handed to sophomore Casey Pachall, a very athletic player in his own right.

    Pachall has been fighting shoulder issues coming into this game, and there are whispers that he’s not completely healed. Baylor has Robert Griffin III under center yet again. While Griffin still has senior wide receiver Kendall Wright to go to, Baylor lost its leading rusher from 2010 in running back Jay Finley.

    Defensively, Baylor was atrocious last year giving up almost 31 points per game. This contest will be a great measuring stick for Griffin as a stout TCU defense will be very difficult to score against. If this game was in Fort Worth or at a neutral site, there’s no way Baylor would stand a chance.

    However, with the game in Waco and a very rare sellout crowd expected, the Bears’ chances improve. A Baylor win with a solid performance by Griffin would solidify his claim as a legitimate Heisman candidate.

    Appalachian State at #13 Virginia Tech (11:30 AM Saturday, Gameplan/ESPN3.com)

    Not to put the Michigan jinx on Frank Beamer, but the Hokies start off the season with a new quarterback and a large chip on their shoulder thanks to a blowout loss to Stanford in last January’s Orange Bowl. Sophomore Logan Thomas has stepped in at quarterback replacing a talented but often-criticized Tyrod Taylor.

    The Hokies have four returning starters on their offensive line, and reports indicate that junior running back David Wilson will help to ease the loss of Ryan Williams. The defense’s front seven is now healthy, something that plagued defensive coordinator Bud Foster last year. The Mountaineers, led by Jerry Moore, will be their typical scrappy selves, especially in both teams’ first game of the season. Look for the Hokies to do well regardless.

    Minnesota at #25 USC (2:30 PM Saturday, ABC regional/ESPN3.com)

    The second year of the Lane Kiffin/Matt Barkley experiment begins at the Coliseum starting with a tilt against the Minnesota Golden Gophers and new head coach Jerry Kill. Last year, Kiffin and the Trojans seemed to have severe issues giving all games equal focus. Hopefully Barkley will have matured as he will be constantly evaluated heavily by NFL scouts.

    The Gophers, on the other hand, are beginning the Kill regime by playing in one of the nation’s more intimidating environments. Quarterback Marquis Grey, a converted wide receiver, will get his first start in front of about 92,000 fans on a likely hot day in Los Angeles. Minnesota should score occasionally as the Trojan defense isn’t going to be great, but Southern Cal should roll.

    If the Gophers get blown out of the water, it will be interesting to see how Kill is treated by the media and fans over the next few weeks.

    #3 Oregon vs. #4 LSU @ Cowboys Stadium (7 PM Saturday, ABC national)

    The most intriguing game of the day takes place in Arlington, Texas where a high-octane Oregon offense will go up against the craziness that is Les Miles and the LSU Tigers. LSU won’t have speedster wide receiver Russell Shepard, and once-expected starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson’s status with the team is in limbo.

    Quarterback Jarrett Lee will take over an offense that was being guided by former offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe before his recent battle with cancer was made public and he stepped down. Lee has matured under some intense pressure during his time at Baton Rouge, but doesn’t have the trust of the Tiger faithful quite yet.

    Oregon returns an offense based on keeping their opponents tired by running plays at a very quick pace. The duo of quarterback Darron Thomas and running back LaMichael James led the nation in points per game last year and look to do the same this season. The more points scored in this game, the more likely it will be to Oregon’s benefit.

    LSU knows the tempo of the offense that Chip Kelly runs, but there is a difference between practicing it and actually attempting to defend the real thing. The Tigers can win this game if they are more physical than Oregon. As we all know, Les Miles has a horse shoe attached to his body, but all the luck in the world can’t help you when key players keep getting arrested. Oregon wins, but it’ll be close.

    #5 Boise State vs. #19 Georgia @ The Georgia Dome (7 PM Saturday, ESPN)

    The final game on our slate is the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic featuring Kellen Moore and Bronco Nation going deep into Dixie to take on the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia head coach Mark Richt appears to be preparing for a make-or-break season in Athens. With his underachieving teams and the rise of Georgia Tech, Richt needs a win against Boise to start off a season that can bring the Bulldogs back to the Georgia Dome for the SEC title game.

    Sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray returns to lead the Bulldogs after a solid freshman season that saw him throw 24 touchdowns versus nine interceptions with a 61 percent completion rate. The problems for the Bulldogs start on the defensive side of the ball. Allowing 22 points a game isn’t a killer in most conferences, but we’re talking about the SEC.

    When you face the nation’s best quarterback in Kellen Moore, you’d better be able to score. Boise State’s record will continue to be questioned even as they move to the Mountain West Conference in an attempt to raise their credibility, albeit slightly. Critics seem to forget that Moore and Boise won a slugfest in Washington DC last year taking down eventual ACC champion Virginia Tech.

    What others forget is that not only was the offense impressive (No. 2 in the FBS), but the defense was stellar, too (No. 2 in scoring defense). The biggest factor for Georgia is that there is no A.J. Green for Murray to throw to. The Broncos don’t scare easily, and Kellen Moore will show the nation why he should be the front runner for the Heisman Trophy.

    Of course, along with great teams, there are the struggling ones. Let’s examine some of the coaches on the hottest seats in the country.

    Paul Wulff, Washington State (first game, vs. Idaho State) - The Cougars could actually begin the season 3-0. However, a loss to ISU will cause vultures to immediately begin circling in Pullman.

    Mike Locksley, New Mexico (first game vs. Colorado State) – Locksley seems lucky to still have a job and amazingly has a new contract. In theory, he’s in a win-win position as losing to CSU won’t hurt much and a win can only be seen as immediate progress.

    Greg Schiano, Rutgers (first game vs. North Carolina Central) – Schiano, who has gotten a raw deal in Jersey as of late, would be lauded anywhere else. Unfortunately, losing as often recently hasn’t helped his stock. 2011 could be better for him especially with a doormat to begin the year.

    Turner Gill, Kansas (first game vs. McNeese State) – How far have you fallen, Jayhawk Football? Hopefully, the beginning of a good season starts here, but that’s far from a guarantee.

    Houston Nutt, Mississippi (first game vs. BYU) – The quarterback-killer that is Houston Nutt will face a team that is far better than the Jacksonville State team that Ole Miss lost to in last year’s opener in BYU. In true Reverend Nutt style, if they do lose, expect a 25-minute tangent on how that 36th player he wanted to sign two years ago couldn’t make it to camp.

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    Tags: college football, unlv, wisconsin, tcu, baylor, appalachian state, virginia tech, minnesota, southern california, oregon, lsu, boise state, georgia

  4. 2010 Dec 22

    Husker Heartbeat 12/22: Wats, Bo's Defensive Secret and Boise's Massage Parlor Brawl

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    A quick abbreviation key FYI: OWH=Omaha World-Herald, LJS=Lincoln Journal-Star, CN=Corn Nation, BRN=Big Red Network, HI=Huskers Illustrated, BRR=Big Red Report. If we need to add more - we will. Others, like ESPN, are self-explanatory.


    *Shawn Watson is one of two key candidates for the Miami (Ohio) job.

    *What's the secret of Bo's defensive success in bowl games? This story doesn't know. But people kinda talk about it.

    *Husker fans aren't too nutty about this particular Holiday Bowl matchup and the NU ticket department is trying to get creative.

    *Five Husker fans who donated tickets to military members.

    *Boise State and Utah players fight in a massage parlor.

    *More nonsense in Colorado.

    Tags: shawn watson, husker heartbeat, bo pelini, boise state, holiday bowl

  5. 2010 Dec 21

    Husker Heartbeat 12/21: Ek's Departure, Prince and Hagg and the $8 Million Miss

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    A quick abbreviation key FYI: OWH=Omaha World-Herald, LJS=Lincoln Journal-Star, CN=Corn Nation, BRN=Big Red Network, HI=Huskers Illustrated, BRR=Big Red Report. If we need to add more - we will. Others, like ESPN, are self-explanatory.


    *Mike Ekeler learned a lot at Nebraska, but he decided to move to Indiana because it was time for a change, LJS Sipple writes.

    *Eric Hagg and Prince Amukamara loved competing with and against each other for four seasons at Nebraska.

    *Sorry girls, Jake Locker's taken.

    *After a long book plug for the OWH's Big Red Rivals, Tom Shatel settles in for some sports takes.

    *Football stands in the way of justice at Auburn. Well, of course it does.

    *Tennessee football players got the VIP treatment in Knoxville.

    *The $8 million miss.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, mike ekeler, steve sipple, tom shatel, eric hagg, prince amukamara, boise state

  6. 2010 Sep 10

    Husker Heartbeat 9/10: Don't Count Out Zac Lee

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    Welcome to Husker Heartbeat - a sampling of links and quick wit to start your morning! Keep checking each morning, Monday-Friday, for new links! We look for the offbeat as well as the straightforward - so don’t just think of us as a typical link farm!

    A quick abbreviation key FYI: OWH=Omaha World-Herald, LJS=Lincoln Journal-Star, CN=Corn Nation, BRN=Big Red Network, HI=Huskers Illustrated, BRR=Big Red Report. If we need to add more - we will. Others, like ESPN, are self-explanatory.


    *LJS Sipple talks to Craig Bohl and curiously leaves out the part where Bohl ragged on Kansas' football teams and fans.

    *Alabama's Nick Saban fires a shot across Boise State's and Virginia Tech's bow.

    *Bail on Zac Lee? Not yet...

    *Bo Pelini gives a thumbs up to Thursday's practice.

    *From the irrelevant file...Villanova and Montana are considering moving to the Division I.

    *Hawai'i will go 5,000 miles to play Army. Read that again.

    *The Rock previews Ohio State/Miami.

    Tags: husker heartbeat, zac lee, boise state, the rock, bo pelini

  7. 2009 Nov 10

    NU-Boise in 2011?

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    Boise State has an offer Nebraska's football team shouldn't refuse.

    One game in 2011. No return date. On NU's home field. ESPN will televise it. And it would be on the opening weekend of the season - Sept. 3.

    In other words - when everybody else is tearing into a cupcake or pastry for its first meal of the year, NU-BSU would draw boffo ratings and a whole glut of national media coverage. ESPN's College GameDay in Lincoln. The nation's major newspapers in Lincoln. Millions of households and potential recruits looking at a warm, sunny, glittering Memorial Stadium.

    The great, big debate: BCS landed gentry - UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman is, after all, the lead spokesman for this unholy mess of a system - vs. the populist mid-major.

    Mulling this over is like putting a date with Christy Turlington on hold.

    NU currently has games vs. Fresno State and Washington and a game Wyoming. Unless you consider UDub a major player in two years, it's the kind of schedule that can allow for a Boise State to be added to it. Especially at home.

    This ball got rolling in a Yahoo Column last week after Boise's lackluster 45-35 win over Louisana Tech Friday night.

    Perlman's name was brought up, of course, because Perlman's primary argument in front of Congress, as to why Utah didn't play in the national title game, was that the Utes didn't play Nebraska's schedule. I'd argue it's the fault of Utah's coach, Kyle Whittingham, for failing to scream, bray, yell and lobby his heart out to the Associated Press for a split national title. And then I'd fault Florida coach Urban Meyer for pretending his former team didn't deserve a share after slapping around the same Alabama team that gave UF fits.

    But then I'm a media guy. And I think you can change a whole lot through the media if you make a big enough, smart enough stink.

    To the Broncos' credit, they're trying. The WAC hired a PR firm to help make the case for Boise in the BCS. Some in the media scoff at this because, well, they're stupid. They fail to make the connection between Oregon's rise to national prominence with a few Joey Harrington ads in New York and some funky Nike uniforms. They fail to see that Miami's best recruiting tool, at this point, is really the prospect of saying the words "The U" on Sunday Night Football. Boise, meanwhile, has the trick plays and the blue turf. And the "anywhere, anytime" mentality going for it.

    These catchphrases matter. They're cultural cache, if you will. What TV creates, for better or worse, counts in the minds of fans. How many times do you think you'll see that Ndamukong Suh highlight where he strips Blaine Gabbert of the ball and nearly breaks his leg in two before the 2010 NFL Draft? How many recruits - and if not that, official visits, letters answered, moments devoted - do you think that's worth to Nebraska's football program? Precisely why NU should have pushed Suh for the Heisman.

    Boise vs. NU is cultural cache to the hilt. You set aside concerns of schedule overloading. In 2011, NU should have an experienced quarterback in Cody Green. It should have a veteran, excellent defensive line and linebacking corps. The secondary will be young - but the offensive line should be reasonably well stocked. And it's entirely likely that Nebraska will be coming off of a BCS appearance of some kind, if the cards unfold like I think they will next year.

    Bo Pelini seemed taken off guard Tuesday by the question of playing the Broncos - but not because it was coming from left field. He said he hadn't thought much about it. He didn't say it hadn't come up.

    NU Director of Football Operations Jeff Jamrog, meanwhile said the Huskers are talking to "a number of teams" for that spot. It'll be a Division FBS school, no doubt. The question is: Is it Boise? Or is it another lamb to slaughter from the Sun Belt?

    Y'know, it's interesting. Pelini made a very candid comment about NU's crowd Tuesday, and I'm glad he did it. He said that, for much of 2009, Memorial Stadium had been missing that "juice" that was so present in the 10-3 win over Oklahoma.

    "I don't think a crowd realizes how much impact it can have on a football team, the whole aura of the game," Pelini said. "Give us that extra juice. Sometimes the crowd feels like 'Oh, they should win this game.'

    "...I thought they had a huge impact on that game. I hope that continues. I hope that to be the case whether we're playing Oklahoma or Scott Junior High School."

    Except that - and Pelini acknowledged as much - human nature doesn't work that way. Yes, NU's crowd should have been better in a 31-10 loss to Texas Tech, although the Huskers' uninspired, sloppy play sure didn't help matters. But when you trot out the Sun Belt Three - thanks again, Steve Pederson - you remove the illusion of tension. From tension springs forth emotion, energy, juice and excitement.

    If nothing is at stake, it's hard to get crazy at a three-hour glorified scrimmage merely for the sake of it. Especially when you stick the student section up in the nosebleeds where it can least affect the rest of the crowd.

    Boise State is a perfect antidote to that malaise. And the media attention makes it worth the risk. If Bo can pull the trigger on a 2-for-1 series with Fresno State, he can pull the trigger on a game like this.

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