@Robin: I appreciate your thoughts on the Cabela's matter. I feel likeI should become more educated on the matter before making a comment that means anything.
@rickylee41: I really enjoy these chats.
@JC79: Maybe our expectations were a bit high for that group coming off of last season. They have been OK, but not as good as advertised.
@NT8: No official reports. Mike Riley will address media on the Big Ten conference call Tuesday. I saw Carter walking from the stadium after the game, and it looked like he had an air cast on his right arm. I would be surprised if he's ready for Indiana. Based on what I'm hearing, though, I think Westerkamp may be ready for that game.
@JimNE: We in the media tend to specialize in aggrandizement. Or hyperbole. And, yes I think there is a lot of aggrandizement attached to that drive.
@Matt: Short answer: Yes. Absolutely. Blockers are quickly getting to the second level. It's why I always hesitate to discuss position groups as separate entities. A great defense requires all three levels working at a high level, and as one big group.
@NT8: I with you, brother.
@rickylee41: Short answer: Yes. Absolutely.
@Matt: I would be surprised if Cethan Carter is ready for Indiana. I would be surprised if Westerkamp isn't ready. I hope Alonzo Moore can shake his should ailment, but I have a feeling it will nag him all season. I think Ozigbo (ankle) and Knevel (foot) will be OK, but I'm guessing Riley will update the situations Tuesday during the Big Ten conference call.
@Steve: Thank you, Steve. Yes, I agree, there is a fools' gold element to the record. Oregon has lost three straight and I'll be surprised if the Ducks finish .500. I do think you have to give Nebraska credit for putting down the hammer in the fourth quarter of games, especially against Fresno State, Wyoming and Illinois.
@JC79: He didn't play Saturday at all. Not sure why.
@Benchwarmer: Thank you for mentioning that. I really appreciate you mentioning coach Glassford.
@JC79: I think Nebraska is every bit the top 15 team that Stanford (No. 15) is, that Wisconsin is (No. 11), that Miami is (No. 10) ...
@Patrick: True. I like Nebraska's chances to finish 7-2.
@JC79: You're right. It's also true that Armstrong completed a nice pass to Stanley Morgan on third-and-8 from the Illinois 21. And the left side of the line did a nice job to get Terrell Newby into the end zone on first-and-goal at the 3.
@JimNE: I know exactly what plays to which you refer. I wondered the same thing. I do think Armstrong does have the go-ahead to audible. But I should probably double-check.
@Matt: I personally like the commitment to the run. If you pass every time a defense "stacks the box," well, you'll throw 40-to-50 passes a game. Point is, defenses often load the box. You have to run anyway.
@TO: I know Langsdorf was very pleased with Cole Conrad's performance against defensive end Dawuane Smoot, a potential NFL first-round draft pick. That was a challenging situation for Conrad, to say the least, considering it was the sophomore's first extensive action. As for offensive line play in general, I thought it was good. The Huskers finished with 423 yards of total offense and converted 10 of 14 third downs -- which is a borderline remarkable rate.
@Patrick: If the CFP rankings were released this week, yes, I think Nebraska would be closer to No. 16 or 17.
@Steve: The interference flag was debatable. I really don't think Oregon would go after Riley -- may want a more high-profile coach.
@JC79: As an admitted "get-off-my-lawn guy," I guess I agree.