Today's Husker News

Braxton Miller Injury Changes Big Ten Race

Braxton Miller had the third best odds in Vegas of winning the Heisman trophy this season, up until yesterday.  Ohio State enjoyed a preseason ranking in the top five after two straight undefeated regular seasons.  Now both his Heisman and the top five ranking are in serious doubt, because Miller may be out for the season with an injury.  That also improves the odds for every other Big Ten team hoping to win the conference championship. 

Thursday, August 14th 2014

Venric Mark Transfer Improves Husker’s Chances in Evanston

Nebraska's first three outings against Northwestern as a member of the Big Ten have all been close games.  Two went in the Huskers favor, and one for the Wildcats.  Running back Venric Mark was a factor in the first two games of the series but injuries kept him out a year ago.  Arguably the best returning player for  Northwestern up until he announced his intent to transfer, Mark's absence has to hurt the chances of a Wildcat victory in October. 

Monday, August 11th 2014

Play of Front Four Trumps Losses on Defense

If faced with the choice of a mediocre to subpar front four with a strong experienced healthy secondary behind it or a dominating front four with a battered inexperienced secondary behind it, give me the dominating front four every time.  Nebraska lost its second most productive linebacker from a year ago, it's second most experienced safety, and it's second best returning cornerback from a year ago all in the span of three days.  That's a lot to lose before a single snap against an actual opponent.  But if NU's front four lives up to some very high and promising expectations, you may hardly notice their absence. 

Friday, August 1st 2014

Coaches Rank Nebraska 22nd, That Might be Good Enough

It may not be a huge cause for celebration to hear that Nebraska was ranked 22nd by the Coaches preseason poll.  But then again, preseason polls are almost meaningless.  For example, only one of the top four teams just prior to the bowls a year ago (which would have been the likely participants in the college football playoff) were ranked inside the top ten prior to the season.  Florida State was 11th and both Auburn and Michigan State were unranked.  Similarly, Florida was ranked 23rd and both Notre Dame and Ohio State were unranked prior to the 2012 season.  If there was a playoff (and OSU was eligible), those teams all would have made it.  So how might the Huskers crash the party? 

Tuesday, July 29th 2014

Pelini’s Comments Give Pause

While it was great to hear Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini open his Big Ten Media Day remarks talking about his pursuit of championships, there were two other statements that may not inspire great hope and confidence.  The first was when he said that there was an open competition at quarterback between Tommy Armstrong, Johnny Stanton, and Ryker Fyfe.  The next was when he said he'd like to be as close a 50/50 run-pass team as possible. 

Wednesday, July 23rd 2014

If Nebraska is Boring, What is Northwestern Football?

Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald made minor headlines when he included in his plea for Wildcat fans to fill their home stadium an insult to the state of Nebraska and its residents.  His claim was that, Nebraska was "a pretty boring state, so they're really excited to see Chicago".  His statement begs the question, if the Cornhusker state is so boring and Chicago so appealing that Big Red fans will swarm like locusts for a road game, why can't he find 47,000 bodies in a metropolitan area of close to 10 million people willing to cheer for the home team? 

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

Offensive Lineman Commits

Nebraska added an offensive lineman prospect for the recruiting class of 2015 when Bradenton, Florida prospect Mirko Jurkovic Jr. gave his commitment to the Huskers yesterday.  Jurkovic had an impressive list of offers that included Ohio State, Florida, Missouri, South Carolina,  and more than a dozen other major conference programs. 

Thursday, July 17th 2014

Season Opens With Earlier Games

When the start times became known for a string of five games from mid-September to mid-October, Nebraska was staring at five straight night games that encompassed road trips to Fresno State, Michigan State, and Northwestern as well as home dates with Miami and Illinois.  We now know that the season will begin with a couple of earlier games as we learned the season opener against Florida Atlantic will start at 2:30 pm and the McNeese State game will begin at 11 am (both times Central).  

Wednesday, July 16th 2014

Terrell Suggs Revisited?

Just after the 2014 NFL draft concluded, attention among draftniks turned to forecasting the 2015 draft.  High on draft boards was Nebraska's Randy Gregory, who was highly productive in his first campaign with the Huskers.  In fact, the Detroit Free Press projected him as the top overall pick for 2015 in their first mock draft.  They made sure to mention that he was not on the same level as 2014 top pick Jadeveon Clowney.  Nevertheless, a defensive end that is taken first overall is going to draw those kind of comparisons.  But for Husker fans, it's not another Clowney that we ought to be hoping for - it's Terrell Suggs. 

Monday, July 14th 2014

If 2013 Was an Aberration, What Would We Expect?

Phil Steele has put the finishing touches on his college football preview magazine which gives him time to play around with some other quasi-predictors of what the college football season will bring.  One thing Steele does is to compare last season to the two that just preceded it.  The idea is that if a team had a very different kind of record in the most recent year, we might see the team bounce to back to something more in line with the two seasons prior.  That means little for Nebraska who has won exactly 9 or 10 games each year for each of the last six seasons.  But a number of NU's opponents and fellow conference schools can't say the same.