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Huskers sporting stylish new shoes

After switching to white shoes this season, Nebraska will be back in black for this week's game...sort of. As part of the alternate looks this week, both Nebraska and Wisconsin will be sporting adidas' new adizero Smoke cleats. The shoes, which feature the new adidas SPOTLIGHT technology, drummed up plenty of interest this week when a YouTube video hit the Internet showing the Nebraska players looking confused but giddy over what happened when you photographed the cleats using a flash. Now we ...

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Hot Reads: Skipping Rocks pt. 2

GILBERT SITS >>> David Gilbert, the Wisconsin defensive end who said Taylor Martinez looked like he was "still skipping rocks out there," will have a seat on the bench for the first play of the game as a result of his comments. Here's Bret Bielema's comment: He’ll be skipping rocks on the sideline with me on the first play. Well played, Bret. Football coaches aren't typically fond of call-backs, or comedy for that matter (at least not publicly), so give some credit ...

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Hot Reads: Skipping Rocks

GILBERT'S SALVO >>> Now this is the stuff college football is made of. Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert told ESPN Wisconsin that he's not buying the new and improved Taylor Martinez talk: "I’m not convinced," Gilbert said. "The one game he didn’t play very well in they lost to UCLA. You’ve got to look at who they’ve played. You’ve got to look at who they’ve played. We’re definitely going to bring it. It’s Big Ten season." But wait, there's more: "It still looks ...

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Hot Reads: On the Ball

WITHOUT A DOUBT? >>> Wisconsin running back Montee Ball told the Wisconsin State-Journal on Tuesday  night that there's "no doubt" he'll play against the Huskers this week. I'll admit to being surprised by this. In the article he says this is the third concussion he's suffered during his career and second in as many months. "What the doctor said is, it doesn't really matter how long you wait, if you pass all of the exams," Ball said. "Having two concussions, you're ...

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Back to Basics

After four weeks of facing spread offenses, Nebraska's top priority this week is getting reacquainted with the base defense it installed during fall camp. "We haven't been in a lot of base defense," defensive coordinator John Papuchis said following Tuesday's practice. "We haven't had a lot of opportunity to run that stuff in practice over the last month though we did sprinkle it in at times. That's probably the biggest challenge at this point." With three linebackers on the field, Nebraska will ...

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Tale of the Tape: Wisconsin preview

This week's film session with a former Division I football coach presented some problems. Namely that Idaho State was easily the worst team to visit Memorial Stadium in recent memory. Thus, looking at the film wasn't nearly as illustrative as it usually is. Most of what Nebraska ran worked, and what didn't work typically didn't matter -- superior athleticism took over. So rather than look at that, our time -- both mine and yours -- seems better spent moving straight into ...

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Hot Reads: Wisconsin Week

BIG NUMBER >>> There's been a lot of point spread talk already this week. For recreational purposes, or rather perceived strength purposes, only of course. With the spread hovering somewhere around 12-points in favor of Nebraska, the Wisconsin State-Journal notes that it is just the 13th time since 1993 that the Badgers are a double-digit underdog. Wisconsin went 3-9 in those games straight-up. If you take out the non-conference cupcakes, Nebraska has been a double-digit favorite 15 times under Bo Pelini ...

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Beck feels better prepared for Badgers

When asked what he learned as an offensive coordinator from last year's Wisconsin game, Tim Beck said he'd "tell (us) about it sometime." Monday wasn't that time, but Beck did say having a game against the Badgers under his belt will make a difference this time around. "It helps looking at a game after you've played somebody and seen how they've played you and have a better understanding of their staff philosophies," Beck said. Last year, Nebraska was leading Wisconsin 14-13 midway ...

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Bo: ‘Business as usual’ this week

On a macro level, all the pieces are in place for a big game atmosphere on Saturday. It's the Big Ten opener under the lights on homecoming weekend. It's an adidas showcase game with both teams wearing alternate uniforms. The conference itself is totally up for grabs with many viewing Nebraska as one of the favorites and, if the Huskers are one of the favorites, this is the time to serve notice. On a micro level -- the day-to-day preparation, avoiding ...

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Hot Reads: Big Ten, Round Two

THE BENGALS PERSPECTIVE >>> There's no need to linger on the Idaho State game. We all know what we saw. Even the game recap from the Idaho Statesman says it right there in the lede to the game recap: It was all about the money. But that didn't stop coach Mike Kramer from playing the role of an angry old football coach: We are going to get on the plane, go home and shower this thing off. Our organization is pretty ...