Thursday, September 29, 2005

Cyclone Warning - Week 5

HuskerNTulsa writes:
Was that game Tuesday night (Toledo & Fresno?) the first game of week 5 or was it the last game of week 4 ? Maybe last night's Cinncinnati/Miami (OH) kicked off week 5 ? In any case, the BIG XII gets "down to it" this week and Coach Callahan says the offense just has to "rev it up" - that might qualify as an understatement.

The view and the rumors bouncing around the hills here in Tulsa would lead any sane fan to worry about their team going into this week end. ISU had a TOUGH time with Army last week (were they looking ahead to NEBRASKA?) and must travel to Lincoln. OSU hasn't shown any offense yet this fall but is home against the Buffalos. OU should have ducked a couple of times instead of fumbling but will be defending its 1-2 record at home against KSU. Tulsa, after losing badly to Minnesota, gave OU all it wanted and has won 2 straight.

Tulsa is also at home, taking on Houston tomorrow night. Houston has been in town all week hiding from Hurricane Rita - should be a good game unless the wind blows - Tulsa by 3.
OU has to start showing some determination / heart / guts, something or they are headed to depths uncharted during the Stooperier era - OU by 10 .
OSU, like another team we all know, has to find an offense or they will find Buffalo tracks across their posterior - just being part of the BIG XII South could be worth 7 points (not enough) - Colorado by 6.
Alright - alright - I'm gettin' to it!! If an extra week of preparation (and I mean football preparation, not the 'H' kind) doesn't improve offensive preformance, well, it's just gonna be down right offensive!! In which case, look for the West Coast to sue Coach Callahan over misuse of offense - Huskers by 4.

Posted by HuskerNTulsa @ Thursday, September 29, 2005 || 0 comments

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Week 4 = Week Off

HuskerNTulsa writes:
Half the BIG XII is off this week. Should probably say 'Half the BIG XII doesn't have a game this week' since half the BIG XII hasn't been 'ON' for 3 weeks now.
Nice to see Boise State get back to winning on the BLUE TURF. Some so-called premier program with coaching problems is gonna come calling on Coach Hawkins in the near future!!!
Rather than 'risk it' with Hurricane Rita, Texas A&M has moved their game with Texas State from Saturday up to tonight - TxA&M by 38.
Iowa State travals to Army (who has already lost to Boston College and Baylor) Friday night - ISU by 31.
Colorado visits Miami (Fla) this weekend where the 'Canes are expected to be rather rude hosts. Somebody said CU's Barnett can coach - must have been Barnett - Miami by 20.
Texas Tech hosts - Indiana State ? - still tryin' for that 100 point game - TxTech by 65.
This Saturday is Band Day at Kansas State and North Texas University will be there to beat their drum - NTU by 3.

Tulsa hosts Memphis Saturday for their first ever Conference USA game. Depth problems once again a problem at TU - one sprained ankle could cause position changes at 4 or 5 spots. This coaching staff does a very good job with what it's got. Considering they are surrounded by D-1 U's with much better facilities and lower academic requirements, they still manage to get some pretty fair athletes and they coach them very well. During a certain A.D.'s search for a head coach, I know that Tulsa's Coach Kragthorpe was strongly recommended - TU by 3.
Arkansas, still reeling from last weekends slaughter, travels to Alabama. Some have said Athletic Director Broyles remains 'pleased' with Coach Nutt because Nutt is no threat to break Broyles record as the Razorbacks best coach. Some are probably correct - Bama by 14.

OK HUSKER FANS - what do the Huskers have to 'straighten' out on order to threaten anybody in the BIG XII ?? So far, the offensive line and tight ends have had a lot more problems than I had expected. Doesn't appear the coaches expected this much trouble either - 3 games and still a lot of rumblin', stumblin', and bumblin' goin' on. Not saying those guys are THE problem - sure a lot of dropped or missed passes and penalties.
While the offense looks like it has only had a couple weeks of practice, the defense has at least been something to smile about. Although the first 3 opponents are not what I'd call stellar competition, Husker defense has been impressive and appears to have even more potential. It's just that if the offense doesn't step up, I don't believe the defense can win 3 more games for the team.
SEE YA NEXT WEEK......

Posted by HuskerNTulsa @ Thursday, September 22, 2005 || 0 comments

Monday, September 19, 2005

Pitt post-game reaction

Dflex writes:
Ugh. What a great finish, but what an ugly game to watch. I don't doubt Nebraska's defense, but the 7-6 score had more to do with bad offense than good defense. Still, 3-0 is 3-0, and Nebraska will enter October undefeated.

The good news:
  • Nebraska's defense, particularly the front seven, is a beast. Nebraska can win a lot of games with this D.
  • The offensive line played better. The running game was improved against the best defense we've played (which still isn't saying much).
  • Cody Glenn should be playing more. He looks like a hammer. I'd like to see him get all the carries in short-yardage and play more with Ross in two-back sets. A few inside running plays to a fullback like Glenn would give defenses something else to worry about.
  • Cory Ross has as much heart as anybody and plenty of talent to go with it.

The bad news:

  • Cozgrove almost lost the game playing prevent at the end. You can't play prevent when a field goal can beat you. If Nebraska had rushed just the normal four, Pitt would have NEVER gotten a game-winning kick attempt(s).
  • Zac Taylor holds the ball far too long. After three games, a team basically is what it is...and right now the offense is terrible. Taylor is accurate when his receivers are open. Maybe if Taylor wasn't required to make a thousand reads on each play, he could make use of his accuracy. Taylor is most accurate when throwing deep...so why isn't Nebraska throwing deep?
  • The offense, overall, is terrible. Nebraska has the kind of defense that can keep the team in almost any game...and the kind of offense that could cause the team to lose any game as well. It seems Nebraska's strength on offense are its running backs and Taylor's ability to throw deep. Why not use them? It is time to make full use of this stable of good running backs and stop trying to force feed the ball to receivers who don't appear to be ready to carry the load.

Taking away defensive scores, Nebraska is averaging 14 points per game. Against Division 1-A competition, Nebraska's offense is averaging 8.5 points per game. Nebraska's improvement on defense is extremely impressive, but this offense won't cut it in the Big 12. If Nebraska's passing game doesn't improve, Callahan will need to swallow his pride and run the ball 40-50 times a game just to survive against teams like Texas Tech.



It is going to be an interesting ride...

Posted by Dflex @ Monday, September 19, 2005 || 2 comments

Saturday, September 17, 2005

More Band-Aids please !!

HuskerNTulsa writes:
Have chewed my finger nails down to the first knuckle!!!! Thanks, Coz.......
What a GREAT DEFENSIVE EFFORT - AGAIN. And what a lousy offensive showing - again!! One thing, if OU had the Huskers defense, they'd be 3-0 instead of 1-2.

I about came unglued when Coz put the team into a prevent defense. Good criminey - Pitt only needed a dad gum field goal to win it so why not keep puttin' pressure on like they had all game?? (INSERT 'I AINT NO COACH' HERE) Guess he just wanted another opportunity to practice field goal blockin' - did I say they put up a GREAT DEFENSIVE EFFORT - again?? It's just that my old ticker doesn't need that kind'a stress -!!

OK, OK, I'm trying to settle down here - - but when is this vaunted west coast offense gonna start showing something other than - well- nothin' ???? Still 'holding back' to surprise'em when conference play begins?? I don't think soooo - so hang on every body - it's gonna be a tough season (hope my finger nails grow back by next game)!!!!!!!!

Posted by HuskerNTulsa @ Saturday, September 17, 2005 || 3 comments

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Thursday means it's FOOTBALL week 3

HuskerNTulsa writes:
Tonight it's UTAH at TCU (you know, the team that beat OU then lost to SMU who lost to Baylor) - Doubt the locals are gonna want to watch this!! UTAH by 6.
I'm sure y'all hear a lot of 'Husker Homer' comments from your local sports talk shows so here's a few from the Hillbilly Homers: "OU is playing with a LOT of young athletes this year". Ahh yeah, but isn't yer coach gettin' $3 mil a year to mix in a few juniors?? Hillbilly Homer: "Hey, I was the first to reference the offensive coordinator as Chuck 'third and' Long." Now THAT is a good one. UCLA by 9.
Tulsa goes to No.Texas State and faces a tandem of great runners - sigh, Mean Green by 4.
Ark. State at OkState where they have settled on red shirt freshman Bobby Reid as QB. This is the last stop on OSU's Backwoods Tour. OSU by 24.
Arkansas Razorbacks at USC - Houston, we have about 22 problems - USC by 28.

PITT at NEBRASKA - now why didn't ABC start the OU/UCLA game a little later in the day and televise them back to back?? That way, I would be able to watch them BOTH. So, I'll be listening to the Huskers and watching the OU/UCLA game.

Maybe this is the week the offense quits tripping over itself and starts plastering the opponent all over the field. Maybe this is the week that the Head Coach and the Offensive Coordinator get on the same page and manage the same game at the same time-?? Maybe this is a match up of A.D. Pederson's 1st choice against his - ahh - 'fall in his lap' selection?? No maybe's about the Husker defense - Huskers by 17.

Let's play ball !!!!!!!!

Posted by HuskerNTulsa @ Thursday, September 15, 2005 || 0 comments

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Pitt analysis and prediction

Dflex writes:
This is a very dangerous week for Nebraska. This will be the first game of the season the Huskers play as heavy favorites against a team with the talent to beat them. The most dangerous thing about this game is that all the goodwill generated by the win over Wake Forest and the 2-0 start will be gone if Nebraska loses to a team Frank Solich just defeated. Ohio vs. Pitt is very relevant to Nebraska vs. Pitt, unless somebody wants to argue that Ohio has more talent than Nebraska?

Pitt is cornered and desperate for a win. With such a young team, Nebraska is susceptible to overconfidence after starting 2-0. Plus, although they're 0-2, Pitt is the most talented team Nebraska has faced thus far. Nebraska will get some turnovers from Pitt. Even when he's playing well, Palko is a risk-taker. He'll give up the ball at times even when playing well. Basically, if Palko isn't hot, I don't see how Pitt can threaten Nebraska because they won't be able to run consistently against our front seven. My biggest fear is that Palko will hit some big plays against our secondary, which is weaker than it appears.

I'm also worried about Callahan uncorking some ill-conceived "40 passes-no matter what" gameplan, similar to what he did against Iowa State last season. The overconfidence of playing a struggling 0-2 team just might entice Callahan do something foolish. Plus, you know Callahan would like nothing better than to see his recruit at QB throw for 300 yards. On the other hand, the "Wannstedt Factor" almost precludes any team from being outcoached by Pitt...so any mistake Callahan makes will almost certainly be matched or exceeded by Pitt!

I'm going to go with Nebraska winning 27-17.

Posted by Dflex @ Tuesday, September 13, 2005 || 0 comments

Monday, September 12, 2005

Wake Forest analysis

Dflex writes:
I'm pleased to say I was completely wrong in my prediction for the Wake Forest game (a 24-16 Husker loss)! Lots of improvement and lots of positives from this game, but plenty of negatives as well. The good news:

1) The defense is for real. Although Wake Forest will not be confused with Texas or USC, it won't be confused with Maine, either. This was a "real" team with a good offense and a good offensive line, and the Blackshirts dominated them.
2) The Blackshirts are much improved, both in terms of flying around and scheme. Although Coz deserved much of the heat he took last season, this defense looks much better.
3) Specifically, Nebraska's front seven looks to have a combination of strength and play-making ability. The front seven looked extremely well-coached, especially against Wake's bootleg. The Blackshirts are flying around and it's nice to see them punishing QB's again.
4) Zac Taylor doesn't have good numbers, but he improved from game 1. If his receivers would stop dropping passes, he'd probably have 3 more TD's and a much higher completion percentage.
5) The offense finally showed potential in the 3rd quarter.
6) Did I mention the defense? Nebraska might not need an offense if the defense keeps scoring so much. Unfortunately, that's not likely to happen as the season gets tougher.

The bad:
1) The offense looks bad. Receivers have trouble catching, the line has trouble blocking, and Zac Taylor still throws too many potential INT's.
2) Callahan's playcalling is still confusing. There's too much passing near the goal line and too many obvious passing formations in these situations. If you're going to pass, at least fake the run.
3) The defensive backfield looks shaky at times. It didn't hurt much against Wake Forest, but Texas Tech and others await.

Overall, though, a HUGE improvement from the first game. The main thing I wanted to see this season was improvement from each game after regressing throughout last season. If Nebraska can continue to improve each game, the Huskers might really have something by the end of the season.

Overall grade: solid "B".

Posted by Dflex @ Monday, September 12, 2005 || 0 comments

Sunday, September 11, 2005

BIG IMPROVEMENT

HuskerNTulsa writes:
BY THE DEFENSE - To be fair, the offense looked better. And, wasn't that a fantastic catch by Mulkey??
Some troubling stats: WF had the ball almost 11 minutes longer than the Huskers, more 1st downs, and more total yardage but they sure lost the defensive scoring catagory -!!
Now, a little from around the country - May be Vanderbilt isn't so bad after all - they went into WF and won then traveled to the mighty Razorbacks AND WON!! Texas appears to be the real deal but OU doesn't. The wind from the TU Hurricane gave'em about all they could handle - AT HOME. Pitt looks pitiful and Missouri is back to its old tricks.
But after watching ISU hand it to Iowa, I think we all know the Huskers HAVE to keep improving.
GREAT GAME, BLACKSHIRTS !! Next week, do we get to see the offense ??

Posted by HuskerNTulsa @ Sunday, September 11, 2005 || 0 comments

Friday, September 09, 2005

WOW - WHAT A GAME

HuskerNTulsa writes:
No, NO, NO!! The HIGH SCHOOL GAME!!. SIX (6) touchdowns scored in the last quarter (4 by Jenks and 2 by Union) and Jenks wins it 48 - 44 with 18 seconds left in front of over 15,000 fans. These two will more than likely play each other for the state championship come December.

Hey, OSU's defense showed some very nice improvement from Saturday and blew my prediction to smithereens. Offense still has some consistency issues (kind'a like another team we know about - I could'a said "team we're familiar with" but some of you might have gotten the WRONG IDEA).

Well, here's hoping the HUSKERS make mucho (a little spanish for you there in Omaha) progress from last week and POUND THE DEMON DEACONS.

Posted by HuskerNTulsa @ Friday, September 09, 2005 || 0 comments

Thursday, September 08, 2005

The Second Week Begins - -

HuskerNTulsa writes:
The BIG excitement here is - - A HIGH SCHOOL GAME - - Jenks and Union square off tonight in their annual showdown at Skelly Stadium. There will probably be as many people in the stadium as there was for the Tulsa University / Minnesota game. These are 2 GREAT high school teams - they each have alumns that have gone on to be HUSKERS!

Pickens State -er, ah, Oklahoma State goes to Florida Atlantic tonight (ESPN2) and is expected to win but I'm not so sure. Short preparation time and they have to travel a loonng distance - hell, their equipment left by bus 2 days ago - FAU by 3.
OU stays home against Tulsa on Saturday and should win by 20. I mean, after Tulsa's showing against Minnysooota, the Sooners should 'get well' this week - even with the on going soap opera of 2 offensive linemen quitting the team, rejoining the team then quitting again - for good this time. You guys think Callahan has problems -

The Tulsa Whirled has also made it's weekly predictions - and I quote:
ND @ Mich - some creative play calling a distinct possibility - Mich by 3.
Iowa at Iowa State - BIG XII nightmare, one of its teams is caught on camera - Iowa by 10.
Texas @ Ohio State - Longhorn QB has catapult for arm but wooden throwing motion - Ohio Stae by 7.
So. Carolina @ Georgia - Spurrier too old for visor throw and gets tennis (visor) elbow - Georgia by 21.
Wake Forest @ Nebraska - Is Nebraska back? About as far back as it can get without a coach - Nebraska by 9.


Hey folks, I'm just quoting the paper - Hmmm??

Posted by HuskerNTulsa @ Thursday, September 08, 2005 || 0 comments

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Wake Forest analysis and prediction

Dflex writes:
We have 23 Wake Forest predictions so far in The Independent's Husker Forum. 18 win predictions, 5 loss predictions, average prediction score: NU wins 26-15. When did it get to the point that a group of rabid Husker fans (if you are on a Husker football board you probably qualify for that distinction) would collectively predict Nebraska would beat a team coming off a 4-7 season and a loss at home to Vanderbilt in its opener to win by only 10 points in Lincoln? We've talked a lot about expectations on the board. Doesn't beating a 4-7 team that lost to Vandy at home qualify as mediocrity? Don't get me wrong, I'd be happy with any win this weekend, but that's the point! Even in 2002, a close win over WF at home would be reason to grumble. Now it's reason to celebrate. Regardless of what you think of Callahan, Solich, or even Pederson...obviously the change has led to lowered expectations. I thought all the changes were made to raise expectations?!

As for the game itself, it is an interesting matchup. Strength vs. strength in our run defense vs. WF's running game. The only thing that has improved under Cally and Coz is run defense, believe it or not. (It's true...Nebraska's run defense has been statistically better under Coz than under Pelini or Bohl). Wake's defense did not look good against Vandy, which is not exactly an offensive juggernaut. On the other hand, Nebraska's offense looked even worse against 1AA Maine. I think the matchup of Nebraska's offense vs. WF's defense will tell the story because these are the weakest units. After watching Nebraska turn the ball over in 12 straight games under Callahan, I think the offense will once again put our defense in too many bad positions and WF's running game will wear us down. Look for a big play action pass completion by WF off the option fake against our defense at a key moment. I know Jim Grobe is a better coach than Coz and I think this will be exploited. Again, I hope I'm completely wrong.

Official prediction: WF 24 NU 16 :-(

(Last week's prediction: NU 66 Maine 23)

Posted by Dflex @ Wednesday, September 07, 2005 || 0 comments

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

TUESDAY AFTERNo . . er, morning

HuskerNTulsa writes:
You know things aren't all that rosy in sooner land when you open the sports section to the BIG XII page of the Tulsa Whirled and they've got a large picture of ZAC TAYLOR!!! (course, he's from Norman, OK and that explains some of it). Taylor was 11 of 15 during 1st half and 15 of 36 overall - just 4 completions in the 2nd half?? sheesh
When NU went up 25 to 7 and it was pretty obvious Maine wasn't gonna do much against our defense, anybody else (other than me) wonder "why not get the #2 QB some reps?".

STATS: NU dang near the bottom in total offense - only OU was worse and TxTech didn't play.
NU at the TOP in total defense, Hardy leading the league in receiving and Nunn leading the league in punt returns.

Saw some improvements from last year, albeit against a D2 team, but this still isn't what I expect from the Huskers - we ARE NOT a dominant team and I'm concerned that we may be a long way from ever getting there.

Posted by HuskerNTulsa @ Tuesday, September 06, 2005 || 0 comments

Sunday, September 04, 2005

This is kinda like a hang over

HuskerNTulsa writes:
"French Connection" is on AMCTV right now and I'd rather be watching that than trying to find excuses - but.
I haven't gone on-line and read anything YET - I'm posting here from what I heard by web-cast last night and from what I read in this morning's Tulsa Whirled (the 'Whirled' is a leftist rag that spends as much time on Arkansas U as it does on Tulsa U). The only thing listed in the paper about NU is the score, score by quarters and a few statistics.
WOW - 5 turnovers, no running game, lack of third down consistency and a lack luster offensive showing. At the end of the 1st half, we didn't even have an edge in time of possession. But, other than Texas and Missouri, what BIG XII team showed much?? And a BUNCH of the competition was Div.2AA - sheesh.
In an effort to find something to 'hang onto', it does appear the team has a lot of good young talent and the defense 'sounded' as if it did pretty well (record sack total). Maybe they haven't practied on the running game very much - maybe they've spent too much time on the passing game, maybe they aren't much better than last year AND maybe the staff doesn't know how to get the best out of'em - Lord, I don't know but it was sure a frustrating game to listen to.
How about this as hope for the future - Last year, we had a BIG score in the first game but didn't do all that well the rest of the way. Maybe this year will be the opposite. Further, our next 2 opponents were each whupped this week end - maybe we can improve enough to keep them that way - maybe!!!!!!

Posted by HuskerNTulsa @ Sunday, September 04, 2005 || 7 comments

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Reaction to the Maine game

Dflex writes:
I'm completely without hope right now. I predicted a 40 point win; not because I had great expectations for Nebraska this season (I predicted 8 wins), but because of the opponent. It was Maine, a below average 1AA team. We're looking at a losing season. No sunshine pumping, okay? We played a horrible team and actually was in danger of losing in the 4th quarter at one point. The problems from the Maine game:

1) Why is Callahan throwing three straight times from the 1-yard line? Inexcusable. More than a minute left in the half...time was NOT a concern.
2) Why couldn't we run the ball?
3) Cosgrove still used the off-man coverage very often, especially on third down. He's learned nothing from last season.
4) The turnover problem is still not fixed.
5) The 3rd down conversion rate has still not improved.
6) New problem: receivers can't catch and runners can't hold onto the ball.

Good news? Uh...punt returns have improved...but now the returners fumble. And our D-linemen are definitely better than Division 1AA O-linemen.

I don't want to hear Sunshine Pumping after this game. There's no excuse for the coaches. Nebraska has 20 times the talent of Maine. I'm afraid another losing season is upon us. This is why Steve Pederson got rid of a 10-win staff?

:(

Posted by Dflex @ Saturday, September 03, 2005 || 4 comments

Blogging the first Saturday

Who2005 writes:
OK, I am going to blog this entire day with all the different games I watch, and here are a few of them right now:

OU v TCU : Can you believe that OU is still scoreless? Maybe there offense is going to go thru some rough spots with a new QB.

Wisconsin v Bowling Green : Where is that vaunted defense by Bret Biemela (sp)? I would like to know. It was great last year, and they are looking like they are regressing.

Ohio v Northwestern : Not sure what to make of this, however, you would think Solich would be able to see QB draw up the middle. He was not, and Northwestern gained great yardage. However, it does look like Ohio's D is good.

Those are the ones I am watching at this present. Keep checking back and I will keep adding to this.

Posted by Who2005 @ Saturday, September 03, 2005 || 18 comments

Friday, September 02, 2005

Fears about Maine...

Dflex writes:
No, I don't think Nebraska will lose or even be challenged against Maine. Most of the veterans probably realize a win over Maine doesn't prove much of anything. However, I'm concerned the newcomers are going to develop a false sense of accomplishment based on the blowout they are going to help inflict on Maine. Many of the newcomers probably won't realize their performance against Maine isn't going to tell them anything about how they will perform against future opponents...even Wake Forest next week.

The biggest challenge the coaches will face this week will be to make sure the newcomers take their own performance against a 1-AA opponent with a couple of hundred grains of salt.

Posted by Dflex @ Friday, September 02, 2005 || 0 comments

1st game jitters

HuskerNTulsa writes:
Well, that was nice. Tulsa has one of their largest crowds ever, all dressed in BLUE and they went home BLUE all the way THRU. The Golden Rodents snuffed the Hurricane 41 to 10. That Maroney kid whupped up on the Canes pretty much all by himself.
Speaking of embarrassing, how about that Oregon & Houston game. Heck, the high school games here in Tulsa draw more of a crowd than Houston U could muster. That was pitiful. How would you like to be a coach at a place like that where you could not get any body to show up. The fact that it was at Reliant rather than on campus should not have mattered. At least the team showed up for about a half. Oregon 38, Houston 24.
And, did you get to see the visor throw by Coach Spurrier? That was as entertaining as the game : yawn. The Gamechicks gave the Knights their 16th straight loss.
Some of you out there have some kinda fascination with U Conn. Well, they have yet to be scored on this year, smoked Buffalo 38 to ZIP.
LAWZEE, almost forgot. The ESPN 50 States in 50 Days program will feature Oklahoma tonight, which will feature Oklahoma's PRISON RODEO!!!! Ahem, could it be that ESPN is proving the Callahan explitive deleted hillbilly comment correct ???
So far, all of this is about as relevant as Bob Dylans tuning fork but it helps pass time til the HUSKERS play. SEE YA AFTER THE GAME.

Posted by HuskerNTulsa @ Friday, September 02, 2005 || 0 comments

The Black Bear Saturday

Who2005 writes:
First off, I want to put things in perspective. Football is a great sport, but it is not everything. With the events of the last few days and people starving and needing help in the Hurricane South, please consider helping out in any way possible. Football is fun to watch, but life is more important. Just remember the people who are struggling to stay alive, and help in any way you can.

With that being said, I am going to look to this Saturday and the Black Bears. They have a third year starter at QB who is a passing threat. The Bears will also bring in a Senior backup to share the QB role. This QB is more of a run threat. The QBs will get a split of 75-25 ration of playing time it is estimated. The QBs: Ron Whitcomb (the passer), and Chris Legree (the runner), will see playing time on the field, and will line up on the field at the same time. Yes, that is right. Both QBs will be on the field at once during certain series. They may have one line up at WR, maybe one at a RB in the shotgun formation, or maybe line one in the slot. So how do you defend this?

Well, lucky for us, this is a Div IAA and the threat of a tandem QB system lessens with the stature of this team. Not only are they Div IAA, but they also have won 11 games over the last two seasons. Sure it will be tricky at times, and sure these Black Bears are the very same that beat Mississippi State last year. But let's not kid ourselves here. The Black Bears have a QB that can throw, and a QB that can run. At times, they will be on the field at the same time. Sometimes in the same backfield. Now the Blackshirts will have to figure out who is going to be the "QB" and who is going to do the "other". The plays that the Blackshirts will have to watch out for is when they get in a shotgun format, and Legree takes an option and either runs or passes the ball. That will be the play to watch.

As for the game though, it will not be close. Unless of course, Callahan decides to only play his starters and second string in the first quarter alone. Then we may get into a closer game, but still not a nail biter.

Some Stats on the Black Bears:
63rd in IAA in Total Offense with 352 YPG
98th in IAA in Total Defense giving up 405 YPG
Pass Defense ranked 109 out of 117 teams giving up 247 YPG in the air
Rush Defense ranked 69 out of 117 teams giving up 158 YPG on the ground
Average score last year was Maine 29 (34th in Div IAA) - Opp 26 (73rd in Div IAA)
They won/lost 6 games last year by 7 or less points
They shut out one team (Northern Colorado) last year (38-0)

My prediction of the game? This will be a good scrimmage for both teams. Maine will get to go against some developing IA talent, and the Huskers get to hit non Huskers for a change. With the top 2 teams playing in the first half and the second stringers getting pulled in the 3rd, I think the score will be around, 68-10.

Posted by Who2005 @ Friday, September 02, 2005 || 0 comments

Thursday, September 01, 2005

IT STARTS TONITE

HuskerNTulsa writes:
Two thirds of 2005 has come and gone so now it MUST BE TIME FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!
A number of games kick off tonight : Oregon @ Houston begins around 4:00 P.M.; Oregon wins this one by 7. And, right here in good old Tulsa around 7:30, TU will take on Minnesota (that would be Golden Gophers for you there in Lexington) : look for the Golden rodents to have a tough time with the Golden Hurricane but will win by 6. Then Friday, Arizona goes to Utah : this will be a tough one, veins on Mike Stoops neck will be seen from that Japanese blimp : upset AZ by 1.

Saturday, OU takes on the mighty Horned Frogs from TCU. OU has now lost their #1 defensive end to a season ending injury and now their #1 offensive right tackle has quit the team (yesterday). The arrogance on Stooperiers face could just be a mask to hide his real concerns for this season, but not this game : OU by 24.

OSU also stays at home, opening up Saturday night with a spread, no huddle offense against the Bobcats from Montana. Now we get to see if Coach Gumbys , er , Gundys new offense can master a NCAA Div.1AA foe, ah, yeah right : OSU by 31.

Speaking of NCAA Div. 1AA and Saturday night, my favorite team kicks the season off at home against da Bears, no, NOT the ones from Chicago but the ones from Maine. This is gonna be similar to Goldilocks 900# daddy doing a heck of a lot more than sleeping in their beds or eating their porridge : NU wins by 38.

Posted by HuskerNTulsa @ Thursday, September 01, 2005 || 0 comments

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