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Hot Reads: Look Again

In case you missed it, Jordan Westerkamp's ridiculous behind-the-back catch won about every "play of the day" category over the weekend.  You've no doubt seen the video 100 times by now. Here's a new way to see it. Hail Varsity publisher Aaron Babcock published his series of seven images showing the play in exquisite, frame-by-frame detail. Trust me, you want to click over just to see Taariq Allen's reaction on the sideline. Now that you've done that, you're probably saying "I wonder what ...

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DE Gregory ‘Doubtful’ for McNeese State Game

There wasn't a lot of bad news coming out of Nebraska's 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday, but there was one glaring question: What's the status of defensive end Randy Gregory? The preseason All-American left the game after only one series in the opener and spent much of the game icing his knee on the sidelines. His status was unclear immediately after the game but head coach Bo Pelini said Monday that Gregory simply re-aggravated an old basketball injury and it ...

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Let It Work

Here’s your disclaimer: “Let's not get ahead of ourselves,” head coach Bo Pelini said a short while after Nebraska had beaten Florida Atlantic 55-7 on Saturday. “I think we beat a football team we were supposed to beat.” That’s the idea that colors everything in a game like this – the team did what it was supposed to do. From there, the conversation quickly turns to how this meeting of expectations doesn’t prove anything. Or, you can mention all of the teams ...

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Beyond the Box Score: Nebraska-FAU

There are a lot of ways to look at a football game. These are the numbers you won't find in the ordinary box score. Each week following the game we'll be sharing five key stats to track the Huskers' progress this season. All of the numbers below include only "statistically significant" plays, meaning no garbage time plays, no end-of-half kneel downs and, this week at least, no plays after halftime since the game was essentially over at that point. Here's a look at ...

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Hot Reads: Good and Bad

I'm not quite sure why the thing to follow exists other than for me to point you to it, so who am I to deny a thing's reason for being? The Wall Street Journal has created a graph with the title "How Good (and Bad) Is Your Team?". On the x-axis it measures teams by how good or bad they are on the field on a scale of "weakling" to "powerhouse." On the y-axis it measures how good or bad a ...

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Understanding the Owls

As if season openers weren't mysterious enough, Florida Atlantic brings the additional wrinkle of having a first-year head coach in place when the Owls visit on Saturday. This presents some challenges in terms of preparation, but it's nothing the Huskers haven't experienced before. "You prepare a little bit for everything," offensive coordinator Tim Beck said this week. "It’s nothing new. I think every year I’ve been here we’ve played a new staff every single year." That's accurate. Last season the Huskers faced ...

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Hot Reads: Here We Are

Football. Football, football, football, football, football. FOOTBALL! OK, I'm good now. Welcome to the first Thursday of the season. After last night's Georgia State-Abilene Christian amuse-bouche, the main courses are coming out tonight with 14 games, all of which are televised or streamed somewhere. The Big Ten has two teams in action -- Rutgers visits Washington State and Minnesota welcomes Eastern Illinois -- but the marquee match-up is the first game with No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 9 South Carolina kicking off ...

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5 Reasons the Huskers Can Be Better in 2014

So how do you feel about Nebraska football right now? I ask because “feeling” is about all that’s left until Saturday. Minus a few minutes with Bo Pelini on Thursday, all the news is out. Fall camp has been chopped up and chewed on for the past three weeks to the fullest extent. Last season can’t be broken down any further. The calamities inherent to the offseason are, hopefully, behind most teams at this point. So, again, how are you feeling about ...

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Hot Reads: Program Building

As you are well aware, we spend a lot of time in Nebraska talking about the 1990s. Too much time for some, but it was such a dominant run that it's hard to ignore. And that's something that's apparently echoing in Idaho right now. Nick Ruland of the Times-News in Twin Falls wrote an insightful and interesting column comparing Nebraska's 1990s run to the era that just ended at Boise State. While the Cornhuskers were in the annual running for the best ...

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Hot Reads: Sneaky Good?

With the offseason now finally behind us, let's take stock of the majority opinion on Nebraska in 2014. It seems like nearly every scenario has been examined so long as it involves a Nebraska team that wins between 7 and 10 games. That's the range and it's not very wide for a lot of reasons. But what if we explore beyond that 10-win barrier? What's out there? What if Nebraska is, in fact, "sneaky good" in 2014? Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com thinks ...