I'm ready to chat. Focused on eliminating typos and knowing when to just take a loss and live for the next question.
@Fli7: I think as long as Nebraska gets out of its own way, it wins all three with comfort, particularly the two at home. I still count the Indiana game as a tricky little obstacle. That Wake Forest team the Hoosiers lost to isn't great, but it is 4-0. But there's really no reason this team shouldn't get to 7-0, which would have it in the Top 10 heading to Wisconsin. As for your Nebraska-Ohio State scenario, you could argue it'd be the most high profile national game since the 2009 Big 12 Championship where they were trying to keep Texas out of the NC title game. There have been just as big, or bigger games for Nebraska since then perhaps, but I don't know that any of those games received the national exposure that would come with what you're discussing. A lot of ball before that, though. That game in Madison will be a fistfight.
@JakeinVirginia: You never know anything for certain standing outside the program's walls, but I don't see it tearing at this team as some might suspect it would. I'm sure there are some guys who disagree with the three guys who knelt during the anthem. But they are around each other all the time. It's not news to each of them that someone two lockers down might have grossly different opinions on the world. Besides, I think the way Rose-Ivey handled it, by going to Mike Riley first and then asking to speak to the team, is the type of move that maintains respect among your peers. I thought Sam Hahn, one of the four players who helped hold up the flag this past Saturday, delivered the most critical quote of all yesterday as far as showing where this team's togetherness is. "There's no line drawn on the team," Hahn said. "Mike and those guys said, 'Hey, we're going to do this.' And we said, 'OK, that's your guys' right."
@Scott: You can only beat who they put in front of you. The Oregon win perhaps lost a little bit of shine this week, there's no question. Colorado went up there and moved it at will with a backup QB and won by 3. So I don't think fans of the program should walk around thinking everything is solved just because this team hasn't stubbed its toe yet. But I do think they should be satisfied that their team is now not letting little issues within a game turn into avalanches. For instance, the D stepping up and allowing just one first down after the two series when they fumbled into the end zone. That's a good example of this team stopping the bleeding in moments they might not have a year ago.
@Dave: I think the jet sweep is definitely still in the arsenal. One thing I believe Langsdorf does really well is store certain plays away, only to pull them out of his pocket at an opportune time. He called maybe the best game since he's been at Nebraska on Saturday, I think. Odd to say that when they score only 24. But that was an OK D, and it wasn't Langsdorf who fumbled at the 1 two times.
@JoeBlow: I think Riley is very, very good at handling delicate situations. Respect was the word he used yesterday. Respect that in a locker room of more than 130 guys, there are going to be different opinions. I don't want to guess what Bo would have done. It's not really fair to him to say one way or another on an issue like this.
@nyc: Depends which side of the ball. I think that defense is really quite good. I think the offense is so-so. But I think it's time people consider that the ridiculously tough schedule the Badgers face might not bury them in the West race. I expect them to lose the next two games to Michigan and Ohio State. But I now think they can win at Iowa. And if they did, and could beat Nebraska at home the next week, holding tiebreakers over their biggest challengers in the West, they'd still be in pretty prime position even if they lost these next two.
@ColoHusker: I don't think Ed Orgeron is cut out to win big at a program like that consistently. He had a shot at Ole Miss once and it didn't go hot. I have no original names to suggest. The guy I would go after with everything I have is Tom Herman. And I have to think it'd be hard for Herman to turn down LSU.
@SiliconValleyHusker: Taking your big spoon out and just stirring the pot, aren't you. :)
@LarryP: Not at all. I know that's going to be a popular narrative for people to jump on, but I think this is one of the closer teams they've had in a while. Some good senior leadership on this team. People have to remember this: It's not like these guys who have been around each other for 3, 4, or 5 years didn't already have a good idea about how certain individuals feel about different world issues prior to Saturday night.
@Patrick: I think they'll win handily. Western Michigan is a pretty good non Power 5 team, but Illinois got drilled 34-10 by them 10 days ago and ran for only three yards. A bye week isn't enough time for Lovie Smith to fix all the leaks in that ceiling.
@Patrick: I said in August that Nebraska was my pick for Indy because of those two very things. Now, if you want a team that will suddenly be a "dark horse" if it wins on Saturday, it's Minnesota, which plays at Penn State. That's a winnable game for the Gophers. Of the West teams I've seen so far, Wisconsin has impressed me the most, but I like Nebraska's schedule better. Now, if the Badgers win one of the next two (Michigan or Ohio State), look out. They're my favorites then.
@JimNE: Going to be a waiting game on some top-tier guys. Just the way it is a lot of the time when you shoot for those covered in the most stars. They have four four-stars and a five-star WR in Joseph Lewis visiting this weekend, the latter being one I think Nebraska could definitely still get. So I'm not just saying I think they're doing fine, to say it. It's what I think. We're in that part of the season where most of the guys visiting are in the middle of five visits and aren't necessarily just going to raise their hand after visit three. That doesn't mean you'll get them later, but it doesn't mean you won't either. Also, that D-tackle Deiontae Watts they got from Plano two weeks ago? Very significant. He's a three-star guy so maybe he doesn't technically shoot them up the rankings. But look at his offers. He was a big snag for Parrella.
@ColoHusker: I never question Nebraska fans' ability to take over any stadium after watching them do it at Notre Dame one year. I think there will be a strong Husker contingent in Bloomington, partly because Nebraska is yet to play there and I'm sure some are curious what it's like. I doubt it will be quite like Northwestern, though. That whole 'Let's make a weekend out of it in Chicago' I think always draws a few thousand more.
@Josh: Bingo, Josh. We'll see what Indiana does the next couple weeks. If the Hoosiers beat Michigan State, which is possible, they might keep some of their fans engaged. If not, I think that fan base might turn its attention fully to hoops season. Nebraska and Indiana are very similar in ways -- it's just that football and basketball trade places in the eyes of the fans.
@Patrick: Definitely a tough game. That whole five-game stretch to finish will challenge the heck out of this group. And I'd say, at this very moment, they're not quite ready for it. That doesn't mean they won't be. But these next four weeks of development are pretty critical. That's one reason I wouldn't expect Nebraska to sleepwalk in any of these games. It should be understood, and likely is, that every Saturday is important in building the kind of team that could go to Madison or Columbus and stand up to those guys. Good point on Minnesota, though. Tough spot to see them on the schedule.
@RocketHusker: Depends how you look at it. If you go by average star rating, using the Rivals rankings, Nebraska's 15 commits average 3.27 stars. South Carolina, ranked seventh nationally, is averaging 3.3 stars a commit. Miami, ranked eighth, is averaging 3.25 stars. Tennessee, which always gets hyped up in recruiting, is averaging 3.24 stars. Rutgers and Duke are currently ranked ahead of Nebraska because they have 20 commits, but are both averaging 3.0 stars a commit. If you go by star quality and not quantity of commits, it's right now a Top 20 class. So I suspect as the numbers even out, and if Nebraska lands a couple big fish down the stretch, which I still think they will, this will end up a Top 20 class once there are 22 or 23 people in it.
@Tim: Louisville. I'm on the Lamar Jackson train. Clemson feels like they're missing something. Maybe this is the way they suddenly find it, but that's asking a lot.
@TheDude: My favorite Milt story is how he got here. Coaching at McCook, he asked Osborne if there was a job opening in 1973. There wasn't but Tom said he'd get back to him. Almost a year to the day he did. Milt could be a G.A. He'd earn about 1,000 a year. He drove a dump trunk in the morning and painted houses at night in addition to coaching. But as he told me last year, "It was a good year, though. I bought my kids 10-speed bikes, I remember that."
@RocketHusker: I'll say T Newby. I think he played really well on Saturday, save for the fumble. Feels like this is the type of game where he might break out a bit.
@scoop: Not positive. We should have clarified that yesterday, but as you saw, there was a lot going on in that press conference. Sometimes there's just not enough time to hit on some of those items, especially when there's 25 to 30 media people in a room fighting to ask a question.