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  1. 2011 Dec 04

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Knee-Jerk Reactions - Championship Week

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    By Brandon Cavanaugh

    - No one should suggest that Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin’s head was in the CUSA Championship Game. Feel kinda bad for Case Keenum if no one else.

    - LSU is the epitome of sportsmanship. What other team spots their opponent two scores before smashing their skulls in?

    - It was impressive how Oklahoma State took down Oklahoma with the subtlety and grace of a Viking raid.

    - If you told someone that the ACC Championship Game would be 10-10 at the half before one team outscores the other 28-0, they’d likely believe you. If you told them it would be Clemson instead of Virginia Tech, you’d likely be 100 dollars richer.

    - Despite the heart-breaking loss to Kansas State, Paul Rhodes is the best thing to happen to Iowa State since the Morrill Act of 1862.

    - Thought Wisconsin would get revenge on Michigan State. Didn’t think the score would be so close.

    - Badgers running back Montee Ball for Heisman

    - Baylor is 9-3? Clearly college football has ripped open time and space allowing the sport to be swallowed by a separate time rift in which Waco demands only the finest of athletic specimen.

    - Seriously, quarterback Robert Griffin III for Heisman (RG3 if you’re nasty)

    - Still lobbying for the MAC to get a BCS berth over the Big East. You know it’s the right thing to do.

    - Final Bowl Prediction of the Week: Outback vs. South Carolina

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    Tags: houston, lsu, oklahoma state, clemson, virginia tech, kansas state, iowa state, paul rhodes, wisconsin, montee ball, heisman, baylor, robert griffin, south carolina

  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 2011 Oct 14

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: A Look Around the Nation - Week Seven

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    By Brian Towle

    Week seven has arrived in the 2011 season. While some match-ups this week should be entertaining, there’s a plethora of good games down the line. However, we can’t get to the future until we visit the present. Let's examine the week that was -

    Winners:

    Oklahoma – Questions, anyone? The woodshed built on the 50-yard line of the Cotton Bowl should remind you why this team is a legitimate national title contender.

    Virginia Tech – Survived a shootout with Miami in a game that both teams needed to win.

    Arkansas – As much as I dislike Petrino, they showed up and took care of business versus Auburn.

    Baylor – A good bounce back performance after the loss to Kansas State.

    Losers:

    Texas – Mack...sit David Ash. He’s not good.

    Fresno State – The Bulldogs were shelled at home before halftime on national TV. Not good.

    Minnesota – Destroyed...by Purdue? Really?

    Missouri – The Gary Pinkel Effect strikes again.

    Memphis, Arizona, Kansas, Colorado - Everyone hum along!

    On to this week’s meetings! All times Central:

    No. 11 Michigan at No. 23 Michigan State – (11 AM Saturday, ESPN)

    East Lansing is the site for this year's battle for the Paul Bunyan trophy. Last week, Michigan survived a shootout in suburban Chicago vs. Northwestern while the Spartans enjoyed a bye week.

    Michigan State comes into this game with a defense allowing only 10 points per game (No. 3 nationally). They will need to flex every bit of that defensive muscle against Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and this high-octane Wolverine offense.

    As you examine this Michigan team, be sure to note that the Wolverine defense has only allowed 12 points per game (No. 8 nationally). Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receiver B.J. Cunningham will find ways to put points on the board, but look for "Shoelace" to help outscore the Spartans and beat little brother.

    No. 20 Baylor at No. 21 Texas A&M - (11:00 AM Saturday, FX)

    History suggests favoring the over on points scored (for entertainment purposes only, of course) in College Station this week, as RG3 and the Bears roll down Highway 290 to face the Fightin' Aggies. Both teams put up points last week as Baylor visited Iowa State and Texas A&M tripped to Texas Tech.

    For A&M, quarterback Ryan Tannenhill has to match Robert Griffin drive for drive this week, and he's capable of doing so. However, Texas A&M needs to complete a 60-minute game, and playing Baylor is an affair where A&M can't afford to let up again.

    Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett’s unit has matured well for the Bears, and has a chance to put on a third-straight eye-opening performance. This is a must-win game for Baylor, as the loss to Kansas State allows no room for error in their remaining games. If the Aggies lose, look for the chirping for Mike Sherman’s job to get much louder.

    No. 6 Oklahoma State at No. 22 Texas – (2:30 PM Saturday, ABC Regional)

    The Cowboys visit Austin for a second straight year due to the shrinking of the Big 12. The Longhorns host Gundy’s crew following the lancing provided by the Oklahoma Sooners last week just three hours up I-35. Everyone knows about the Brandon Weeden to Justin Blackmon connection for Oklahoma State.

    For Texas, quarterback Case McCoy should be taking snaps for the Longhorns until death, injury or eligibility do they part. That's not to say David Ash isn’t a good quarterback, but last week's drubbing showed that McCoy is the man. It won’t matter who Texas starts though, because the Cowboys will have their pistols firing against a defense that can't stop the bullets all day long.

    No. 18 Arizona State at No. 9 Oregon - (9:15 PM Saturday, ESPN)

    The final big game of the day takes place at the hostile Autzen Stadium as the Sun Devils and Ducks meet for a major Pac-12 tussle. Last week, Oregon ran California out of the building while losing LaMichael James to a dislocated elbow. Meanwhile, Arizona State barely broke a sweat dismantling Utah.

    For the Sun Devils, quarterback Brock Osweiler has been solid for the offense. The defense has been alright giving up less than 20 points per game. Arizona State's defenders will need to feed off of linebacker Vontaze Burfict as the Ducks's offense has found its rhythm following the debacle in Arlington against LSU.

    Oregon’s offense is averaging a shade over 50 points per game, but will feel the effects of losing James for at least a few games. This will likely be a good game, but the Ducks are almost invincible at home. Look for Oregon to notch another win.

    Coaches on the Hot Seat:

    Mike Stoops, Arizona – WHOOPSIE! Looks like the axe finally fell on Stoops. When your only win is against Northern Arizona, and you’ve given up no less than 37 points per game to FBS teams, you're not doing well regardless of schedule strength. Adios, Mike. Maybe one of your brothers has a bunk or guest house to crash at.

    Turner Gill, Kansas – Did the state of Oklahoma get a deal on woodshed materials at Lowe’s last weekend? Oklahoma drags Texas behind one, and the Cowboys do the same with Kansas. The Sooners are coming. Be very afraid.

    Neil Callaway, UAB – Having the No. 120 offense and No. 96 in the FBS isn’t helping. Neither will the upcoming game against Tulsa.

    Houston Nutt, Mississippi – The good news: You didn’t lose last week! Bad news: You’re going to get bombed by Nick Saban and Alabama!

    Jeff Tedford, California – The Bears played well for a half against Oregon, but forgot to show up for the second. Then, Southern Cal topples them for the eighth straight time. Feel the heat.

    Kirk Ferentz, Iowa – All you can muster is a field goal versus Penn State? Your offensive genius got you three points? BAH!

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    Tags: oklahoma, virginia tech, arkansas, baylor, texas, fresno state, minnesota, missouri, memphis, arizona, kansas, colorado, michigan, michigan state, texas a, m, oklahoma state, mike stoops, turner gill, neil callaway, houston nutt, jeff tedford, kirk ferentz

  5. 2011 Oct 06

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: A Look Around the Nation - Week Six

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    By Brian Towle

    Week six of the 2011 campaign has arrived. By the first week of October, there’s a pretty clear cut list of contenders and the pretenders. As always, you can’t look forward until you look back. Last week’s highs and low’s include but are not limited to -

    Winners:

    Arkansas - For being down so much, the Hogs showed some great resiliency and came back for their third straight win in Arlington over Texas A&M

    SMU – Headed across the DFW metro, they started fast, and hung on to earn a good program-building win against TCU.

    Kansas State – Played exceptionally well at home taking care of Baylor and officially being put on sleeper watch for the Big 12 title.

    Auburn – Needed the win against South Carolina to keep their fledgling SEC West hopes alive and got it.

    Losers:

    Texas A&M – Two weeks in a row they had a large cushion at halftime, two weeks in a row they lose the game by less than a score. Where’s the Wrecking Crew?

    Mississippi State – Another SEC loss against a team they should have taken care of at home (Georgia). Again, wake us up when the Bulldogs want to play some football.

    Virginia Tech - A field goal at home against Clemson? That is all the Hokies could do?

    Florida – Losing against Alabama wasn’t terrible, however the loss of quarterback John Brantley isn’t what they needed, then or now.

    Minnesota, Kansas, South Carolina, Purdue…welp:


    Now, on to this week’s shows! All times are central.

    No. 3 Oklahoma vs No. 11 Texas – (11:00 AM Saturday, ABC)

    Get your Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Fried…whatever you want and your sweet tea, kids! Time to head on down to the Texas State Fair and catch up on this year’s version of the Red River Rivalry. For the first time in a while, both teams are ranked fairly high in the polls. You know about Oklahoma and their playmakers on offense (quarterback Landry Jones and wide receiver Ryan Broyles), but many people have not seen Texas on a national level yet.

    Texas has gotten better, primarily by using a two quarterback system with Chase McCoy and David Ash, however McCoy has been the one truly shining lately. With wide receiver Jaxon Shipley catching McCoy’s passes, it reminds Longhorn fans of the glory days they lived a few years back.

    Defensively, Texas has been better with Manny Diaz at the controls, but this will be their biggest test of the year to date. Mack and the Longhorns need this game to prove to the fan base that the program has pulled a 180 from last year’s 5-7 debacle. However, there is just enough of a talent gap that Oklahoma should be able to quiet the Texas offense enough to get the victory.

    No. 17 Florida at No. 1 LSU – (2:30 PM Saturday, CBS)

    This game has lost some of the luster that it would have had thanks to Florida quarterback John Brantley’s leg injury. In his place, highly touted freshman Jeff Driskel starts his very first game…at Death Valley in front of a national audience.

    While the Gators played well at times against Alabama last week, the game showed that Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis still have work to do, and this game will show it even more. LSU just keeps plodding along, with Jarrett Lee at the helm of the offense and a defense that hasn’t given up much to anyone other than West Virginia. Look for LSU to win this one, but Florida will give it their all.

    Miami at No. 21 Virginia Tech – (2:30 PM Saturday, ABC Regional)

    Al Golden takes a neatly-pressed dress shirt and tie along with his Hurricanes into Blacksburg to face a Hokies squad that is not pleased with their performance against Clemson. Last week, Miami played tee ball against Bethune-Cookman, so they will be looking to gain some momentum against Virginia Tech. As Jacory Harris goes, so goes Miami.

    While Harris wasn’t great against Ohio State, he has played fairly well in the last couple of games. For the Hokies, running back David Wilson has been their rock, but quarterback Logan Thomas still hasn’t shown all that he can do yet. Tech needs him to take his play to another level for the Hokies to avoid a two game losing streak, excuses be damned.

    Miami can’t be trusted on the road, especially in conference play. Furthermore, Frank Beamer has to get his team realizing that a second conference loss in a row could be disaster for a once-promising season. Take the Hokies at home in this one.

    No. 15 Auburn at No. 10 Arkansas – (6 PM Saturday, ESPN)

    Auburn is the road underdog once again this week as they travel to Fayetteville to take on a Razorback team hoping to capitalize on the momentum gained from their come-from-behind win against Texas A&M.

    Last week, Auburn silenced the crowd at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia and took care of a very inconsistent South Carolina team. Auburn is not a squad that scores points easily, and doesn’t shut down the opposition very well either.

    One team that is superior to them in putting up points is these very Arkansas Razorbacks. For some reason, Auburn will stick around in this game until the end because that’s just what they have done this year. Arkansas’ chances are favorable, specifically since it’s a home game. However, do not be shocked if Auburn can keep it close and possibly squeak out a win.

    Coaches on the Hot Seat:

    Frank Spazani, Boston College – Things are not good for you right now, sir. Sitting at 1-4 and going to play Clemson doesn’t help. Scoring less than 21 points per game isn’t an encouraging statistic, either.

    Robb Akey, Idaho – You had a chance to shock the world with a defeat of Virginia in overtime last week. Being ranked somewhere in the 90s when it comes to scoring offense and defense doesn’t help. Louisiana Tech comes calling for you this week.

    Dan Mullen (Mississippi State), Neil Callaway (UAB) – Both teams are underperforming, so both teams naturally have to beat up on each other. Neither team can afford the loss, either.

    Mike Stoops, Arizona – You mange to score 41 against Southern California and it doesn’t matter come the end of the game. Absolutely shocking. You do have a chance for a win, this week, against...

    Mike Riley, Oregon State – Another ball game for the families. This game’s winner isn’t winning much, one would believe.

    Larry Porter, Memphis – The Tigers are currently running through an absolute gauntlet of a schedule with last week’s toughie against Middle Tennesee State and this week’s bout against the monsters known as the Rice Owls.

    Danny Hope, Purdue – What Notre Dame did to you last Saturday was rated “M.” Whether “M” was for mature or moronic, who knows?

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  6. 2011 Sep 28

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL: A Look Around the Nation - Week Five

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    It’s hard to believe that there are football games happening outside of Madison this week (GASP!). This is where you find out what else is going down and where it’s going down at. Last week’s winners and losers include -

    Winners:

    Georgia: Congrats Bulldogs, you kept your heads out of the guillotine just long enough by embarrassing someone else for a change. Then again, considering it was Ole Miss, that wasn’t a difficult project.

    Oklahoma State: You battled back from trailing Texas A&M early on the road to pull out a big win. Take care of everything before December, and you’ll have your opportunity to make the big time.

    LSU: The Tigers took the potential of getting ambushed in Morgantown very well. Les Miles’ offense bailed out the defense for once, and The Hat just keeps on winning.

    Arizona State: Save the Illinois stumble, the Sun Devils have been the biggest surprise out of the Pac-12 so far this year. They had a fine win against Team Kiffykins.

    Losers:

    Pittsburgh: For the second week in a row, the Panthers snared defeat from the jaws of victory. The Big East won’t feel bad for them at all though.

    Toledo: The Rockets were flat out jobbed by an incompetent officiating crew from ref to replay official. What an awful way to lose a game.

    Arkansas: The Razorbacks had their chance, and proved they were in over their heads again. If things don’t improve this week…well, let’s wait on that thought.

    West Virginia: A good performance by quarterback Geno Smith, but the Mountaineers had no answer for LSU’s offense. WVU will get better though, at least if no one is faking injuries.

    Ole Miss, Memphis, NC State: This is fitting:



    Onto this week’s dandies! All time CDT, of course.

    No. 14 Texas A&M vs. No. 18 Arkansas – (11:00 AM Saturday, ESPN)

    Yours truly will be in Jerryworld to watch the first SEC conference game for the Aggies as they take on the fighting Hogs. Both teams lost last week, Texas A&M with a disappointing second half versus Okie State, while Arkansas really wasn’t ever in the game against Alabama. Arkansas quarterback Trevor Wilson was efficient last week, but nothing spectacular. “Efficient” isn’t going to beat Saban’s team.

    While A&M doesn’t have the defense that Nick Saban possesses, the Aggies are stout. Running back Ronnie Wingo, Jr. has to put up better numbers than last week for Arkansas to improve. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was alright last week, but RB Cyrus Gray wasn’t and didn’t help the A&M effort once they started to struggle.

    Don’t think that head coach Mike Sherman didn’t notice the success Alabama had running the ball with Trent Richardson. Arkansas has won the two games against A&M in Arlington so far, but there’s no reason to think that the Aggies won’t take this one. Texas A&M’s defense will be the difference in 2011.

    No. 15 Baylor at Kansas State – (2:30 PM Saturday, ABC Regional)

    Who'd have thought that this game would have Big 12 conference championship implications at the beginning of the season? Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has more touchdowns (13) than incompletions (12) this year, and has shown that he’s definitely worthy of Heisman consideration. Baylor rolls into Manhattan, Kansas to play Bill Snyder’s Wildcats, who pulled off a semi-shocking, convincing win against Miami (FL).

    Junior quarterback Collin Kline hasn’t been great for the Wildcats, but he’s going to have to start putting together longer drives to keep RG3 off the field. The Kansas State defense is only giving up 10 points per game, but it was given a stern test against the Canes and the Bears could run roughshod over it.

    Look for Griffin to struggle a touch more than he has, but he will still have a great game and Baylor should win setting up an October with some big games for the Bears to prove they belong in the upper tier of the Big 12.

    No. 13 Clemson at No. 11 Virginia Tech – (5 PM Saturday, ESPN2)

    A potential ACC title game preview goes down in Lane Stadium Saturday evening when Dabo Sweeney takes the surging Tigers to face Frank Beamer’s Hokies. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has played well for the Tigers, who are off to a fantastic start. Running back David Wilson has been the star for the Hokies on offense, but Virginia Tech hasn’t faced a true challenge thus far.

    While Bud Foster’s defense has been great for the Hokies, Virginia Tech has been in much tighter games than expected. Clemson has only played at home during their great start, and this is one of two major road tests for the Tigers.

    With the wave of momentum that Clemson is riding, their chances are better than people think, and it’d be no surprise if they walk out of Blacksburg with a win. If the Hokies do go down, they can’t lick their wounds for long, as the Miami Hurricanes will be visiting next week.

    No. 3 Alabama at No. 12 Florida – (7 PM Saturday, CBS)

    The other Game of the Week takes place in the warmth of The Swamp. Nick Saban goes from one big game to another and Will Muschamp finally gets to be the head man in a big time SEC conference showdown. The Crimson Tide comes off a game where running back Trent Richardson played out of his mind again, and a swarming defense took the wood to a respectable Arkansas offense.

    Florida’s offense has evolved into an unstoppable monster under offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. Running backs Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps are the fastest one-two punch in the SEC, and quarterback John Brantley has taken his game to another level. These two teams have rock solid defenses, so this one will come down to who can win a three-plus hour chess match.

    Saban pulls everything out of his kids in this type of atmosphere. Can Muschamp coach at his level? The game will be low scoring. The winner’s tough to call, but Alabama seems to be the appropriate lean right now. Check the weekly Husker Locker predictions to see who is ultimately chosen.

    Coaches on the Hot Seat:

    Mike Locksley, New Mexico: Whoops! The axe finally fell on Mike this weekend after a “recruit” stole a car registered to Locksley and his wife. It didn’t help that this young man was underage and hit the sauce hard. If this was the final straw for Mike, that’s a sad statement from the New Mexico athletic department. Such is life though, and the interstate game vs. New Mexico State is here. For the families, folks, for the families.

    Houston Nutt, Ole Miss: In a game where the loser may have gotten fired on the way back to the showers, you no-showed again in the second half. Also, you didn’t even talk to the media after the game. Instead, you send out offensive coordinator David Lee to take the bullet for you. Do you think Fresno State will care if you feel bad and pull punches?

    Tom O’Brien, North Carolina State: How’s Russell Wilson treating you? Wait, nevermind.

    Mike Riley, Oregon State: A win over Burfict’s boys in the desert? Not likely.

    Danny Hope, Purdue: Beating Notre Dame would save your job for the season. Not beating them would be both terrible and is expected.

    Larry Porter, Memphis: Really? SMU runs you out of your own stadium?

    Mike Stoops, Arizona: In a shocker, the Wildcats were beat down by Oregon and will be beat down by Southern Cal. Why? Because that’s the norm for Arizona football.

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    Tags: georgia, oklahoma state, lsu, arizona state, pittsburgh, toledo, arkansas, west virginia, ole miss, memphis, north carolina state, texas a, m, baylor, kansas state, clemson, virginia tech, alabama, florida, mike locksley, houston nutt, tom obrien, mike riley

  7. 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

  8. 2009 Sep 14

    VT GAME: You Can Have My Answer Now, Senator

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    Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini made a fashionably late arrival to Monday’s Big 12 Coaches Teleconference. And only he answered questions for five minutes. But he made his final words count.

    When asked what he’d do special to help mentally prepare NU’s redshirt freshmen – like linebackers Will Compton and Sean Fisher – for Saturday’s road test at Virginia Tech, Pelini’s answer was, well, distinctly his own.

    “Nothing,” he said flatly. “We’ll be ready to play.”

    Earlier in the call, Pelini said Nebraska was a “little bit better” since its 35-30 loss to the Hokies in 2008.

    “We’ll find out this week,” Pelini said. “We’re going in there for a heckuva test against a very talented, tremendously coached football. We’ll see how we stack up.”

    VT coach Frank Beamer certainly thinks so. After watching film of NU’s first two victories over Florida Atlantic and Arkansas State, he declared the Huskers’ offense just as good, and the defense “big, tough and rugged.”

    “They’ve been in the system awhile,” Beamer said. “And they understand what’s expected. And they’re better…I was impressed with them last year, and I think they’re better this year.”

    Both coaches praised the other’s quarterback. Beamer compared NU junior Zac Lee to former Husker quarterback Joe Ganz, who initially struggled against the Hokies but caught fire in the fourth quarter in a failed comeback bid.

    “He’s very similar,” Beamer said of Lee. “Heady guy, good pocket presence, very accurate. He’s got some impressive stats, I can say that.”

    Pelini has a healthy respect for Virginia Tech junior Tyrod Taylor, who repeatedly burned the Huskers with his arm and feet, throwing for 171 yards and rushing for 87.

    “He’s a capable thrower,” Pelini said. “Good football player.”

    Tags: bo pelini, virginia tech

  9. 2009 Jul 14

    When Bo Pelini Says...

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    By HuskerLocker

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    Nebraska's not where he wants to be, maybe he's referring to stuff like this.

    That's a listing of all major college football programs over the last five years. In that time, 2004-2008, NU was surpassed in record five Big 12 teams: Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Missouri and Kansas.

    But most sobering is that record against AP top 25 teams during that span: 1-16. Or maybe it's the 39% winning percentage on the road. Or maybe it's the 13-24 record against teams that also have winning records.

    Translation: Throughout the Callahan era and in the beginning of the Pelini era, Nebraska nearly struck out against the top quarter of college football and struggled mightily on the road.

    Why did it happen? We've hashed and rehashed all of that. What's important now is doing something about it. Recruiting, winning big games on the road, and showing up vs. OU this fall...all of them will matter.

    Other conclusions drawn from the stats list:

    *We've said this before, but Texas has surpassed Oklahoma as the Big 12's premier program. In fundraising. In recruiting. And on the field. UT getting jobbed out of the national championship game in 2008 doesn't change that. The Longhorns are 13-4 against AP Top 25 in the last five years. OU is 12-11. The Horns win 86% of their road games. OU only wins 76%. UT is 32-7 against teams with winning records. Oklahoma is 29-12.

    When does the media catch up to this reality? When does ESPN? Texas is the better program. About this there can be little debate.

    *Mike Leach has built remarkably consistent program at Texas Tech in every area but one: Road wins.

    *Virginia Tech is one of the nation's best programs, and has been since 1999. The Hokies come in fifth on the total list here, with numbers quite comparable to Oklahoma. Again, some Nebraska fans don't want to hear that - they hold up OU as some supernatural force when, in fact, the Huskers should have taken the Sooners in 2005 and arguably 2006 - but it's not hard to argue that Nebraska's best opponent in 2009 will be in Blackburg, not Norman.

    *Oklahoma State may arrive this year, but, overall, not just yet. The Pokes lag behind Nebraska in overall wins and are just 3-16 vs. the top 25.

    *Baylor just may surpass Iowa State in 2009, making the Cyclones the consistently worst program in the Big 12 over the last five years.

    *Tyrone Willingham may have been unjustly fired from Notre Dame, but he turned Washington into one of the worst programs in America.

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    Tags: bo pelini, nebraska, oklahoma, texas, virginia tech, big 12

  10. 2009 Jun 30

    HUSKER HEROES: For The Big Red Boys

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    By Boetel

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    (Above: Myles Frohling, one of the the many soldiers helped by Big Red Betty's kindness)

    When Betty Walker passed away after fighting cancer in February, she left behind a sea of red memories.

    To say that Walker, more commonly known as “Big Red Betty from Lincoln, Calif.,” was a Cornhusker fan doesn’t do her justice. Her fanhood stretched from her deathbed in California to Baghdad, Iraq.

    Walker was the first person to donate money to Husker Dan’s Army, which helped the founders of the program catapult their simple idea of delivering Husker shirts to troops fighting abroad to the program it is today. Hundreds of troops have received Big Red care packages. And there are more Iraqi and Afghan children who have a Big Red shirts stuffed in their closets than you could possibly imagine thanks to the program.

    “If it weren’t for her it would have never started,” said Gary McGirr, the president of Northeast Kansans for Nebraska and one of the founders of Husker Dan’s Army.

    Walker’s first donation to the program was $100. And overall she only donated $300, said Dan McGlynn, also known as “Husker Dan.” But her donations were worth more than just the money.

    Walker knew she didn’t have a time have a lot of time left, but she gave anyway. And that inspired others to follow suit, McGlynn said.

    Today, Husker Dan’s Army is business partners with the athletic department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the RedZone in Omaha. In September, an event called Husker Salute will raise more money for the troops overseas and remember Big Red Betty. The event will be held during the Virginia Tech game at the Cornhusker Marriot in Lincoln.

    In 2006, Walker was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was told she had six months to live. But she survived the abysmal 5-7 season in 2007 – and had enough energy to be critical when criticism was deserved – and made it all the way into the Bo Pelini era and even saw the Husker’s victory over Clemson in the Gator Bowl.


    “You kind of dreaded calling her because you were afraid she wasn’t going to be there anymore,” said McGlynn, who called Walker every two weeks or so during the last year of her life. “A lot of people are fans, but she could really talk it. She could talk defense, about the coaches, about the recruits.”

    Walker also took phone calls from Heisman trophy winner Eric Crouch and former coach Tom Osborne.

    “I visited with Betty twice during the last few weeks of her life,” Osborne said in a statement. “I was impressed by her devotion to the Huskers. It’s fans like Betty who have enabled us to have the tremendous support we have enjoyed for so many year. We regret her passing, but honor her memory and thank her for her support.”

    Betty was born Nov. 1, 1933 and grew up on a farm in Wolbach. She knew details from Husker games starting in the 1950s, but she had an even deeper passion for things more important than Nebraska football, which is why she gave some of her last dollars to Husker Dan’s Army.

    “She understood what those kids (troops) were going through,” McGlynn said. “I think she’s a great American. And that’s larger than her love for the Huskers.”

    Got a Husker Hero in your life? We want to hear about them! Email us at sam@ne.statepaper or send us a private message right here. No story is too small! We want those little moments that count in your life!

    Tags: husker heroes, husker dan, s army, virginia tech, husker salute

  11. 2009 Jun 21

    Phil Steele, Part 3: On Zac Lee, NU's toughest road game and OU/Texas

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    College football expert passes on pearls of wisdom about Zac Lee's performance in 2009...you might be surprised about his conclusions, especially for Big 12 play...access today with a FREE 60-DAY TRIAL of Husker Locker Pass.

    Tags: phil steele, locker pass, podcasts, zac lee, virginia tech

  12. 2009 Jun 20

    50 Husker Fans, 50 States: Big Red, Greenwich Time

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    We’ve got a great installment today of our 50 Husker Fans, 50 States feature. It comes from Harry Culpen, graduate of UNL’s College of Architecture in 1965. As his story will tell, he’s a Missouri boy who became a Husker fan, relocated to New York City, and eventually settled just on the other side of the border in Old Greenwich, Conn.

    He is the co-founder of Culpen &Woods Architects out of Stamford, Conn and a long-time supporter of UNL’s College of Architecture, one of most rigorous and interesting majors in Lincoln.

    We think you’ll really like his story. And, remember – if you want to be part of this series, just send us a private message or email us at sam@ne.statepaper.com

    If you want to check out the archives, just click on the tag below.



    Q: Tell a little bit about your history as a Husker fan. How did you become one? Family? Friends? How long have you been a Husker fan? Did you live in Nebraska, and, if so, where? And how did you come to live in Old Greenwich, Connecticut?

    A: I grew up in northern Missouri and started college at the University of Missouri intending to become a civil engineer, went on to accept a commission in the Navy, after which I decided to study to become an architect. I choose NU because there was an exchange program whereby a Nebraska resident could attend the MU veterinarian college in exchange for a Missouri resident at the NU architecture school. At the time, all of the Big Eight universities had similar programs.

    I choose NU because I could get a part-time job as a draftsman in a Lincoln office to help pay my $165 per semester in state tuition. I didn’t go to any football games in the first year or so, but got interested when NU played the Gotham Bowl, which I listened to on a radio next to my drawing table at the office where I worked in Lincoln. Those were the Devaney years and that’s when I became a fan.

    After graduating in 1965, I returned to Missouri and worked at the St. Louis office of HOK. Times were good, HOK was expanding and I was relocated to their office in Dallas as part of the new Dallas/Fort Worth Airport project. Our team was to go on to do the new LA airport in Palmdale next. However, as you may know, there is no airport in Palmdale, CA. So, we were stuck in Dallas.

    That’s where I met this very attractive young lady named McKeown who was on her way back to New York to work for the ad agency J. Walter Thompson. When HOK decided to open an office in NYC, I was the first to volunteer to for the NYC and off I went. Arriving in NYC, the first thing I did was to look up that McKeown lady. We were married a year later. We bought a rundown five-story brownstone on the Upper West Side full of aged rent controlled people and settled down to enjoy the city. I completely renovated the brownstone and after most of our older tenants exited feet first, I converted the building to a co-op, sold the apartments, kissed HOK good bye and with our three year old daughter, we moved to Old Greenwich, CT. With my newfound fortune from NY real estate, I opened an architectural office in nearby Stamford.



    You graduated from UNL's College of Architecture right around the time the Devaney era was hitting its first pocket of success. First, describe your time in the architecture college. Today, it is considered one of the most, if not the most, rigorous major at UNL. Was that the case back then, as well? Students were famous for sleeping at the college to finish projects.

    I thought the architecture program was extremely good. Yes, we put in a few all nighters. I did find that as I started working at HOK with Harvard, Yale, etc. graduates that my skills and knowledge were as good or better than most. So, I feel the architectural education Nebraska gave me a very good background which I greatly appreciate.


    What was the campus mood around Devaney at the time you were in school? Did folks sense he was about to become the legendary coach he eventually became? Did anybody know the name Tom Osborne? How much of a fan favorite was "Fearless" Frank Solich?

    At HOK in St. Louis there was one other NU alum, an engineer. We kibitzed about Nebraska football often, which by this time was flying high. When Devaney retied we were very despondent. This would be the end. Who was this Osborne guy anyway ? I don’t recall any mention of Frank Solich at that time.


    How easy (or difficult) is it to find Husker games on TV in Connecticut? We presume it's Big East/Big Ten country. Is there a bar or restaurant you like to attend to watch the games? What are some other ways you're able to follow the program outside of watching them on TV? Is it easy to find fellow Husker fans in the area?

    It is difficult to follow the Huskers from back here. There are the TV broadcasts but we only get a few games. When I lived in NYC I could go to a bar that carried all of the games. The nearest bar aroundhere is in New Haven, but that is too far away. So, I pick up the game on ESPN on my computer, but those are updated only at 30-second intervals and the info is limited. Maybe, those of you in the media could figure out how to broadcast via Facebook or something on the Internet that provides direct and timely coverage.


    Greenwich hugs the border of New York City, near White Plains, Scarsdale, etc. Does the area follow college sports much, or is it all New York professional teams? Is UConn basketball - both men's and women's - similar to that of Nebraska football? How are the fan bases the same or different? What about the professional sports franchises? Do you consider yourself a Jets guy or a Giants guy? How are those fan bases similar or different?

    Even though we don’t get a lot of Husker sports coverage, we don’t have a shortage of sports around here. I like both the Giants and Jets, Giants more as they do better. I sort of like UCONN basketball, both men and women. I don’t think any of the fan base for the teams around here is as loyal and as enthusiastic as the fans at Nebraska. These fans go mostly for the winners like the Yankees and will boo their team if it is playing badly.


    How often are you able to get back for games at NU? When you do, what's your favorite part of the experience, and how does it compare to when you were in school? Are you able to take in many road games? If so, where?

    This question is relevant for me. The NU Foundation is very active and I have had a lot of contact with some of the Foundation reps. As a result a few years ago I started a scholarship for architecture students. It’s not a big deal but I wanted to do something to show my appreciation for the education a received and the work the foundation does. My goal is to fund the scholarship sufficiently to provide a semester tuition for one student annually. I’m not quite there but will be in a few years. The current recession isn’t helping. So, I do get to a few games. My favorite was the 2007 Kansas game where my wife and I sat in Harvey Pearlman’s sky box. We even got to meet that crazy Cableman guy.


    What's your favorite Husker memory? List as many as you like?

    My favorite memory is the Miami game where Osborne went for the two point conversion.


    What's something unique about the Greenwich/Stamford area? We know the golf up there is pretty terrific, and we know the views are as well, it being located on the Long Island Sound. We also know it's something of a spot for elite prep boarding schools. Were there any recent Leonardo DiCaprio/Kate Winslet sightings during filming of Revolutionary Road? How does life there compare to life in Nebraska? Or how does it not compare?

    This area is pretty nice. We have four almost equal seasons beaches in the summer, skiing in the winter, boating, golf, 45 min. train ride to NYC. I think I would rather live here than Nebraska. However,when we get back for games, my wife and I agree that Lincoln and the university setting are pretty nice.


    Feel free to add anything you wish.

    One more thing to add. One of my shipmates in the Navy went on to become a professor at Virginia Tech. Many years ago we started a $5 bet on which school has the better team each year. Until recently, we had to rely on the pools to determine the winner. And for years I won all of the bets. Recently however, I am loosing my winnings back to my shipmate.

    Now that we have the head to head contest we don’t need the pools. So, last year with our wives in tow, we went to Lincoln for the game. The Foundation got us four seats together and we all had a great time – except for the final score which the VT folks liked more than I did. This year we will all go the game at VT and I hope to even up the bet.

    Tags: 50 husker fans 50 states, virginia tech

  13. 2009 Jun 04

    Nebraska-Virginia Tech game to be on TV

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    The ACC announced its early season TV schedule for its college football teams Thursday, and Nebraska's Sept. 19 game at Virginia Tech is set for a 2:30 p.m. start on ABC or ESPN2.

    Depending on the coverage area, the game may be shown on either network. ABC will regionally telecast the game. ESPN2 will broadcast it to other places in the nation.

    It is the third known game the Huskers will have TV next year. Games vs. Florida Atlantic and Arkansas State were not picked up for TV.

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  14. 2009 May 05

    OPPONENT REPORT: A Clash of Titans in Blacksburg

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    Virginia Tech has an impressive new weapon for the 2009 season that you'll want to know about. Who is he? Get a Locker Pass and find out!

    Tags: spring opponent reports, locker pass, virginia tech, tyrod taylor, frank beamer

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