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Would a college football playoff work…

bowl-season-logoHere is a guest column from my friend and co-blogger for Kicks Soccer blog, Alex Haueter. He’s quite knowledgable, and he approached me about a post National Championship Game post/column. So here are his words.

When Sam Bradford’s pass fell incomplete on fourth-and-four with about two-and-a-half minutes remaining in Thursday’s BCS National Championship Game, pens hit paper and fingers struck keyboards throughout the country as sports writers began an annual ritual.

The summary of a title game between two good teams?

Don’t be so naive.

Instead, American sportswriters have come to prefer bashing the BCS instead of writing about it. Even in the Associated Press’ summary of the game, the writer includes an obligatory reference to a college playoff system. Florida’s win got it the silverware, but fans of Texas, USC and Utah are hardly willing to acknowledge the Gators as national champions.

Do these other teams have an argument? Of course, they do. Utah did all that was asked of it, winning its games by an average of almost 20 points with an early season win at Michigan and victories over (at the time) 12th-ranked Texas Christian, 14th-ranked Brigham Young and fourth-ranked Alabama, a team that spent much of the season atop the polls. Texas was a missed tackle away from a perfect season, and beat Oklahoma on a neutral field by the same spread as Florida. USC’s stifling defense held its opposition to barely more than a touchdown per game, and probably would have done so against Penn State in the Rose Bowl had the game not been out of hand by halftime.

At the end of the season, the BCS is not the right way to find a national champion. Anything involving computers and algorithms that the average fan can’t understand isn’t. The system it replaced wasn’t perfect, either, but there was room for compromise through split national titles. Those, of course, caused plenty of debate, too. Remember the 1997 season? At the end of the year, Nebraska and Michigan shared the honor, despite the feeling of most pundits that the Cornhuskers would have easily handled the Wolverines had they played at year’s end. Continue reading

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Breaking down: Nebraska vs. Kansas

30 kickoff and will be available on pay-per-view. (Photo illustration by Michael Mason-D'Croz)

Nebraska will host Kansas at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2008. The game is set for a 1:30 kickoff and will be available on pay-per-view. (Photo illustration by Michael Mason-D'Croz)

It’s that time of the week, which means it’s time to break down yet another Nebraska football game. This week it’s Nebraska vs. Kansas.

Kansas will visit Nebraska — where the Jayhawks haven’t won since 1968 — and face a much better foe than they did last season in Lawrence. They come into Lincoln holding a 6-3 record overall and is 3-2 in the Big 12.  The Jayhawks possess a very potent offense, but a porous defense — meaning they get into a lot of “shootouts.”

Kansas is well equiped for the “shootout” game, but then again, it seems as though Nebraska is as well. And with that in mind, it’s time to take a look at the positions. Continue reading

Close, but so far away

**Disclaimer, this is a pro Husker video … I can’t seem to find one that has highlights of both teams. If you come across one, please let me know.**

Sometimes members of the press can take one subject and run with it. We can beat the dead horse with the best of them, and for a while it looked as though that was what we were doing with the Tyrod Taylor talk before last night’s game.

Instead, we found ourselves to be completely correct, as the Husker defense couldn’t stop the dynamic Taylor on the run. The Husker defense early was focused more on stopping Taylor’s runs and let receivers get open down field – lucking out with two really bad passes from Taylor that could/should have been touchdowns. Later the Huskers switched gears and Taylor took over with his feet.

Taylor connected on nine of his 15 pass attempts for 171 yards and rushed 15 times for 87 yards and a TD. The Huskers just couldn’t consistently stop him and his Hokie offense.

However, the Hokies were having some troubles of their own against the Huskers – who showed true heart til the finish of the game. Some people claimed that Virginia Tech’s special teams would be far superior to the Huskers – which I refuted – and it looked as though Continue reading

Breaking down the Huskers vs Hokies

So I just read the ESPN/Scouts.com breakdown of this weekend’s game between Nebraska and Virginia Tech – and I’m somewhat confused by their analysis.

QB Joe Ganz leads the huddle against Western Michigan at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008. (Michael Mason-D'Croz)

QB Joe Ganz leads the huddle against Western Michigan at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008. (Michael Mason-D'Croz)

First thing that you see on the page – provided you’re an ESPN Insider and have access – is the position breakdowns. It went like this:

QB: VT
RB: VT
WR: VT
OL: VT
DL: NEB
LB: NEB
DB: NEB
ST: NEB
COACH: NEB
OVERALL: NEB

I’m not one to complain about such over-whelming praise, but I think they got that one wrong. First of all, I’d say it’s more of a push when it comes to the QB. Continue reading

Huskers to play Missouri under the lights

ESPN has announced its plan to televise the Nebraska-Missouri game on Saturday, October 4. The only wrinkle? It’ll be the sports giant’s prime-time game of the week. The Huskers are slated to host the undefeated Tigers at memorial stadium at 8 p.m. that night.

This will mark only the third nationally televised Husker game in the past two seasons – the last two being the home game against USC last season and the traditional game against Colorado last November. I would consider this weekend’s Nebraska-Virginia Tech game in this discussion, but it is a “split national game” – aka a regional game.

This shows good progress for both the Huskers and for the Big XII as a whole. At this time last year ESPN wouldn’t have been thinking about putting a Big XII game as the national Continue reading

After a week off

Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) scrambles away from Florida State’s Emmanuel Dunbar during a football game in Blacksburg, Va. (AP)

I’m back after taking last week off to focus on some studies and other things – that and it was a bye week for the Huskers – but now I am back and there is some catching up to do.

Over the past week the Huskers have laid low, practicing but not game planning for Virginia Tech or Missouri, but now that it’s game week the preparation starts anew. This week the Huskers will face their stiffest challenge when they host Va. Tech at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. on ABC.

The Huskers will have to be aware of sophomore QB Tyrod Taylor for Va. Tech, who has the ability to create outside of the pocket and speed to burn. He is also a very skilled passer, so the Huskers Continue reading

Awakening?

I hate to jump on the bandwagon and so I will gingerly climb aboard for now – because I still have my concerns – but the Huskers are now 3-0 following their 38-7 total dismantling of New Mexico State last night.

The Huskers came out with a passion and fire that I hadn’t seen from a Husker team since Texas A&M in 2006. They focused on the running game on offense – gaining 330 yards – and played fast physical defense.

The story of the game was QB Joe Ganz throwing for a touchdown, rushing for one and receiving a pass from Marlon Lucky for one as well – that marked Lucky’s third career TD toss. However, I think that the real story was the addition of right tackle Lydon Murtha Continue reading