Back in the days of the Big Eight, to win the national title, you had to beat OU and then a Miami or Florida State. Two difficult games. But two games. It will never be that way again. The Big Ten West is much better than the Big Eight. Deeper. Better coached. There are no weeks off.
It could be argued that Nebraska’s linebacker play — outside and inside — had more acts of omission during the 2019 season in the form of low sacks, tackles for loss and turnovers created. Big plays, rarely made.
John Cunningham will go toe-to-toe with anyone when it comes the golden era of Nebraska basketball. His family had season tickets. He grew up going to Husker football games, too. And this fall, he’ll be back again — as Cincinnati’s athletic director.
ESPN released its preseason college football Football Power Index rankings on Monday and Nebraska is ranked 22nd. Horrifying, isn’t it? This is a wonderful time to be a sports scribe in Nebraska. You can’t be cynical enough.
Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck is a year ahead in his rebuild than Nebraska, which enters an important third year of the Scott Frost era. Frost’s outward personality is nothing like Fleck’s — he’s close to Fleck’s total opposite, actually — but his program has a mantra: “Desire to excel and no fear of failure.”
It’s urgent season for these Nebraska football players, who have the opportunity and the ability to make a move up depth chart in spring camp. This could be their best chance, too, to make their best impression.
The time for Nebraska football to make a big move, college football expert Phil Steele believes, was in 2019, when the schedule was friendly and the Huskers only faced five teams that finished with a winning record.
Whatever amount of prep time college football teams receive for a potential 2020 season will feel rushed to players and coaches accustomed to their established offseason routines. This won’t be a normal fall camp, usually reserved for crafting depth charts and game plans.
Now that they’ve been picked in the NFL draft, it’s fair to spend a minute appreciating just how true Carlos and Khalil Davis stayed to their Husker commitment. The coaching staff that recruited them was fired before they ever arrived. They then played for two head coaches, three defensive coordinators and four position coaches in five years. Just one of those NU teams had a winning record.
In announcing a further easing of coronavirus restrictions beginning June 22, Gov. Pete Ricketts said he’s looking ahead to the next, fourth phase of the state’s reopening, which would include allowing 100% occupancy at stadiums and other outdoor venues and 75% occupancy at indoor events.
Nebraska coach Scott Frost freely admits he's not a doctor. So the Husker football program has followed every protocol that has been laid out for it in getting student-athletes back to campus during the coronavirus pandemic.
College football’s on-ramp to a pandemic-altered 2020 season was put in place Wednesday by the NCAA Division I Council, which voted to approve a preseason calendar that allows the sport to start its season on time in the first week of September.
We're kicking off our annual Husker Camp Countdown, looking at the 50 players poised to have the biggest impact this season. And this could be the year those talented young Huskers step into bigger roles.
“It’s kind of been a little bit of everybody on their own, figuring this out,” NU coach Scott Frost said. But, soon enough, the Big Ten will have to address where the conference stands on playing a 2020 college football season.
Before every season Sam McKewon ranks all of the Big Ten's nonconference football games. But this year's breakdown comes with an asterisk and legitimate questions about which of these games, if any, actually get played.
Nebraska football, basketball, volleyball, wrestling and soccer student-athletes will be tested for the coronavirus twice a week once competition begins, the Big Ten announced in its five-page set of league safety protocols.
Big Ten presidents and chancellors are meeting Tuesday morning to discuss the status for Big Ten football and other fall sports after days of speculation that the conference was planning to postpone fall sports.
Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos received the Huskers’ eight-game Big Ten schedule Friday night and saw that all things he’d fought to happen with the revised slate hadn’t come to pass. “I wasn’t toasting champagne.”
Since pre-spring interview sessions with Husker coaches and players more than six months ago, precious few updates related to actual football have been released. Still, a few breadcrumbs dropped this week.
On Wednesday's episode, Carriker talks to former Husker and current Baltimore Ravens punter Sam Koch about inventing new punting styles to deal with NFL returners, his favorite Nebraska memories and more.
Forty-eight minutes worth of Zoom conversation with Nebraska players and coach Scott Frost on Tuesday ended with one prevailing notion as the team inched closer to actual football games. The Huskers still have plenty to sort through — on and off the field.
Collin Miller’s jaw dropped when he learned that the NU football team had voted him a captain for the 2020 season. "It was just unbelievable,” he said. “Just something I'll remember for the rest of my life.”