@Ricky: I'd like to hear your comment on broadcast. I'm always interested in comments about the broadcast because I never get to see them.
@Pipeline: I wondered the same thing. It's possible Leach wasn't as diplomatic as Banker.
@Nish500: Hey Nish. So, what you're saying is Cunningham needs to study up more.
@Pipeline: I like your line of thinking. But eliminating "momentum-changing" turnover/turnovers may be easier said than done. I have a difficult time predicting the outcome without knowing how well Nebraska's starting tackles are moving on their injured ankles. Thing is, Wisconsin is having chemistry and continuity issues on its offensive line as well, and the Badgers are unsettled at quarterback. I look for the game to go down to the final few possessions -- if NU's tackles are close to full strength.
@Gary: He's Wisconsin's leading tackler. He brought a lot of energy to that unit. It's a significant loss.
@JimNE: I do think Nebraska is a bit overly reliant on the big play, if that makes sense. But I don't think my viewpoint is quite as extreme as yours.
@SiliconValleyHusker: That is excellent information. Thanks, Silicon.
@Trav: Nebraska can win this game if it plays well on defense and special teams. Wisconsin's offense has been awful in the red zone (112th nationally). As mentioned before, the Badgers are unsettled at quarterback. I would be surprised if the game isn't decided in the final few possessions.
@Gary: He was still in an air cast (I think that's what you call it) last week. It's an elbow injury, though I'm unsure of the exact nature.
@GoBigRed: I agree. I'm surprised by what you describe. I'll look into that.
@Steve: Thanks, Steve. It does seem like Nebraska is catching a lot of breaks -- the Cichy injury being the latest in what seems like a long line. Then again, the injury bug bit the Husker offense hard.
@TO: The short answer: Yes. I also think Nebraska needs to lean hard on Tommy Armstrong in the running game. He's averaging 11.6 yards per carry. I think Nebraska may need to bump it up to the 20-carry range in this game, based on what I saw from the Huskers' tailback running game most of the last two games, especially on first down. **Through three quarters against Purdue, Nebraska had seven tailback carries of 2 yards or less on first down. You can't survive that way against Wisconsin at Camp Randall.
@TO: My answer is predictable: It's all of those factors.
@GoBigRed: I think it's big for several reasons. As a second-year captain, he's a stabilizing force for the entire team. That is important in an environment as raucous as Camp Randall. He obviously has good chemistry with Armstrong, and that becomes especially critical on third down. You hope his legs are fresh. That sounds sort of inconsequential but I think fresh legs at this time of year can be an edge for a player. Bottom line, he's another threat for Wisconsin to think about.
@Patrick: As stated previously, I think the game will go down to the final few possessions, and if that's the case, you have to like Nebraska's chances with a more experienced quarterback and better offense in general -- that is, if Gates and Knevel recover well.
@GoBigRed: Nebraska actually is pretty healthy at WR. But yes, Cethan Carter's absence -- he won't play Saturday -- remains a drawback.
@TO: That was the first we saw of it.
@Huskerfan15: It has been quiet. Not hearing much. A lot of the top-of-the-line players wait until very late in the process -- i.e., on signing day or a day before -- to announce their choice. Also, Nebraska coaches' primary focus right now is winning the division and playing for a Big Ten crown. The good news is, NU now has an extensive recruiting support staff that keeps the operation clicking behind the scenes.
@GAHusker: Yes, screens can help. Nebraska's screen game has improved. As I stated previously, I believe that in this week's game, Armstrong will have to go from 11.6 carries per game to the 20-carry range. As for the trap, I think the "pullers," as Danny Langsdorf calls them, are less than sufficient at times.
@Nish500: I say, with conviction, that it's half-full. I'm not saying it has all the right answers all the time. But I think we've seen enough to be optimistic about the future -- yes, even the immediate future (i.e., 6 p.m. Saturday at Camp Randall).