Brandon Vogel
Managing Editor
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity's first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.
Hot Reads: Looking for Value in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament
The NCAA Tournament selection committee rewarded with Nebraska with a seed closer to its Pablo Ranking, but there are some interesting potential matchups in this field when you compare seeding to power rankings.
Hot Reads: Why Did the Huskers Run the Ball so Often in 2019?
Nebraska Football ⋅ 4 days ago by Brandon Vogel
Through three years as a head coach Scott Frost's teams were almost perfectly balanced with a nearly 50% run rate. In 2019, it was 60%. Is that as sign of things to come or a reflection of some of Nebraska's limitation this season?
Hot Reads: Back to Where It Began
Nebraska Football ⋅ 6 days ago by Brandon Vogel
Nebraska's predictive power ranking journey for 2019 has come to an end. What does it show, a program that's basically back to where it ended Year 1.
6 Points, 12 Games, 1 Field Goal - Where Nebraska's at After Year 2
Nebraska Football ⋅ 8 days ago by Brandon Vogel
Nebraska's coaches and players say they're making progress. After a 5-7 season they'll be some of the few beating that drum, and that's OK.
Hot Reads: Two Things Will Tell You How the Huskers' Defense Is Playing
Nebraska Football ⋅ 11 days ago by Brandon Vogel
Iowa's offense is plenty capable of moving the ball, but it has two big inefficiencies. They just happen to match up with two weaknesses for Nebraska's defense as well.
Hot Reads: The Battle Nebraska Has to Win on Black Friday
Nebraska Football ⋅ 12 days ago by Brandon Vogel
Nebraska's run game might be rounding into shape at just the right time as Iowa visits Lincoln for the regular-season finale.
Hot Reads: What the Power Rankings Are Saying about Nebraska-Iowa
Nebraska Football ⋅ 13 days ago by Brandon Vogel
Iowa is an early 4.5-point favorite over Nebraska for Friday's game. Here's what a few key power rankings project for the Huskers.
Huskers Earn a Week to Give Thanks, Then 'Give Her Hell'
Nebraska Football ⋅ 14 days ago by Brandon Vogel
By rolling over Maryland, Nebraska got some delightful clarity near the end of a muddy and muddled season. Beat Iowa. Keep playing. That's an opportunity to be thankful for.
Huge Fifth Set Powers Huskers Past Minnesota for Key Big Ten Win
Nebraska Volleyball ⋅ 15 days ago by Brandon Vogel
It was great until it wasn’t and then it was great again for Nebraska in its five-set win at Minnesota.
Hot Reads: Huskers Have to Keep Terps' Run Game Contained
Nebraska Football ⋅ 16 days ago by Brandon Vogel
It's usually an oversimplification to boil a football game down to any one thing, but Maryland has been challenging that notion for a few seasons now.
Hot Reads: Big Plays, Few Kicks and Nebraska-Maryland
Nebraska Football ⋅ 20 days ago by Brandon Vogel
Nebraska and Maryland can both pile up big plays on offense. They're also two of the worst place-kicking teams in the country. If the universe has a sense of humor, Saturday is coming down to a kick.
Wasn't Enough, But Huskers' Run Game Is Something Worth Remembering
Nebraska Football ⋅ 21 days ago by Brandon Vogel
There was no reason to think Nebraska would come anywhere close to the numbers it had on the ground against Wisconsin. That, finally, might be something to build on going forward.
Hot Reads: Small Things the Biggest Challenge for Nebraska This Week
Nebraska Football ⋅ 25 days ago by Brandon Vogel
Wisconsin is back to being Wisconsin again and that means doing the "small things" well. That's a challenge Nebraska has yet to meet.
Hot Reads: What the Predictive Rankings Say about Huskers-Badgers
Nebraska Football ⋅ 26 days ago by Brandon Vogel
Wisconsin is hovering around a two-touchdown favorite over Nebraska for Saturday's matchup. Here's what the predictive power rankings are saying about that spread.
Hot Reads: Few Teams Run Against Wisconsin, Will Nebraska Try?
Nebraska Football ⋅ 27 days ago by Brandon Vogel
Opponents have run the ball just 43.9% of the time against Wisconsin, 11th-lowest in the country. Nebraska runs it 58.8% of the time. Something's gotta give on Saturday.
Hot Reads: Which 1990s Powerhouse Would Saban Leave Alabama For?
Nick Saban is not leaving Alabama for a 1990s power, despite some recent rumors. Why would he do that? The reasons why not are obvious. But what if he did? Which one would he choose? Hypothetically speaking, of course.
Hot Reads: From 4-5 to Win-and-In Playoff Contender in 367 Days
Minnesota was No. 17 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of 2019 and controls its fate. One year ago the Gophers were 4-5 and coming off a humbling loss to Illinois. Sound familiar?
Hot Reads: The Big Ten Is Good and the Stretch Run Might Be Great
Eight Big Ten teams have one of the 20 toughest remaining schedules according to FPI, including Nebraska. It's a strong year for the conference and sets up a fascinating race for both division titles.
We'll Make It Up As We Go Along
Nothing has gone according to plan for Nebraska football in 2019. Does that mean it's time for a new plan or just that the current plan is still stuck in phase one?
No Update on Martinez as Huskers Head to Purdue
If you woke up this Halloween morning hoping for one treat above any other––an update on Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez––trick's on you. Scott Frost wasn't ready to show his hand on Thursday as the Huskers get ready for Purdue.
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