Mike Babcock
Mike is in his 40th year covering Husker athletics, after seven years of community-college teaching. He has written and edited a dozen books, all on Nebraska football except one, a brief history of Husker basketball. He previously wrote for the Lincoln Journal and Star and Huskers Illustrated. He enjoys music, from the Grateful Dead and Jack Johnson to Van Morrison, Bob Wills, Glenn Miller and pretty much anyone else.
Tom's Time: Snyder Calls NU 'Epitome of Football' After First Meeting
Nebraska Football ⋅ 3 days ago by Mike Babcock
Bill Snyder became Kansas State's head coach in 1989. His first game against the Huskers was a 58-7 loss, prompting some high praise from the man who would eventually build the Wildcats into something special.
Give Nebraska-Iowa Time, Rivalries Require It
Nebraska Football ⋅ 9 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska-Iowa are designated rivals, but that's not quite the same thing as what can develop over decades.
Tom's Time: A Banner Day for the Blackshirts Against Oregon State
Nebraska Football ⋅ 10 days ago by Mike Babcock
Tom Osborne wasn't thrilled with the offense in Nebraska's 1989 win over Oregon State, but the Blackshirts more than made up for it with a record-setting day.
Jennings Had a Hand in Devaney's Immediate Success at Nebraska
Nebraska Football ⋅ 16 days ago by Mike Babcock
Bob Devaney arrived at Nebraska in 1962 to find a program that had won 15 games in the previous five seasons. He also found a team stocked with 11 future draft picks recruited by Bill Jennings.
Tom's Time: Gdowski Gets Off to a Fast Start in Debut Start
Nebraska Football ⋅ 17 days ago by Mike Babcock
Gerry Gdowski might not be in the discussion for the 10 greatest Nebraska quarterbacks of all time, but in 1989 he put up one of the best seasons a Husker signal-caller has had.
Huskers Might Be More Excited About a Yankee Stadium Game This Time
Nebraska Football ⋅ 23 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska has played a football game at Yankee Stadium before. It was Bob Devaney's first bowl game as the Huskers' head coach. Getting there in 2019 would come with a greater sense of relief.
Tom's Time: A QB Quandary Entering the 1989 Season
Nebraska Football ⋅ 24 days ago by Mike Babcock
Nebraska lacked experience at quarterback entering the 1989 season, but it didn't lack for options.
Tom's Time: Heartaches by the Number in the 1989 Orange Bowl
Miami handled the Huskers, handily, in the 1989 Orange Bowl, but despite the loss a culture change was happening in Lincoln.
Greatest All-Time Game
1 mo ago by Mike Babcock
Lessons in Progress and Trust from the Two Times Saban Faced NU
Scott Frost's first game as Nebraska's QB came against Nick Saban's second team at Michigan State. Saban lost twice, big, to the Huskers but his response after those losses may have some clues as Nebraska tries to turn things around.
Tom's Time: Huskers Leave the Sooners Out in the Cold
“I think this kind of weather favors the team that’s most dedicated," Tom Osborne said following the 1988 Nebraska-Oklahoma game. On a cold and windy day in Norman, that team was the Huskers.
Two-Platoon Football, One Way or Another, Ushered In the Blackshirts
There's some debate around exactly when Nebraska first started using black practice jerseys to denote the defense, but it's certain that it was a response to a rule change that paved the way for the game we see today.
Tom's Time: Broderick Thomas Makes Good on His Promise
After Colorado snapped an 18-game losing streak to Nebraska in 1986, Huskers linebacker Broderick Thomas raised his right hand and promised he wouldn't lose to the Buffs again. Two years later, he had delivered.
Tom's Time: Offense Galore in October '88 Meeting with Oklahoma State
In this week's Tom's Time, Mike Babcock looks back on Nebraska's 1988 matchup with Oklahoma State and Barry Sanders. With 11:42 left in the first half, the Huskers had a 42-0 lead. At halftime, it was 42-21.
Huskers Have a Long History with the Gophers
Unlike many of Nebraska's new conference opponents, the Huskers' have a deep and detailed history with Minnesota.
Tom's Time: A Change in Culture as the Huskers Open the '88 Season
In this week's Tom's Time, Mike Babcock looks back at the 1988 Kickoff Classic between Nebraska and Texas A&M. It was a game that offered evidence of a slight culture change in Lincoln.
Context Is Key as Huskers Work Through Their Rebuild
History shows that no amount of winning, short of winning them all, is enough at a college football powerhouse. Scott Frost needs some time to get the Huskers there writes Mike Babcock.
Tom's Time: The Game of the Century II Looked Great on Paper
It was No. 1 Nebraska vs. No. 2 Oklahoma--billed as Game of the Century II--and the Huskers had a few things working in their favor. Then the Sooners won anyway.
A Strong Start, Then a Long Wait: The Huskers' History with College GameDay
Hail Varsity editor Mike Babcock takes a look back at Nebraska's history with ESPN's College GameDay.
Tom's Time: A Former Sooner Signal-Caller, but in Bruin Blue
Nebraska faced a familiar name when UCLA came to Lincoln in 1987 for a top-five showdown.
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