@rickylee41: Hit me with a question, Ricky.
@TO: In short, yes, I would like to see a four-star running back say he's considering Nebraska, a place known for having great running backs. What's more, I think Nebraska's staff needs to bring in some more talent at the wide receiver positions, considering the impending losses of Jordan Westerkamp, Alonzo Moore and Brandon Reilly.
@rickylee41: Trump would enjoy this particular chat too much to take it away.
@SiliconValleyHusker: Proceeds to charity? I don't think I agreed to anything, did I? I don't remember agreeing to anything. Tell me I didn't agree to anything ....
@rickylee41: I do find it curious that Michigan stated flatly that it will neither play host to Friday night games nor go on the road for a Friday night contest. Is Michigan somehow exempt? Penn State has said it won't play host to Friday night games but will play them on the road. I am surprised Delany allows programs this sort of leeway.
@Steve: Thanks for those kind words, Steve. I often catch Quinn on Sunday nights talking about the NFL. He is excellent. I especially like that he doesn't talk "above" listeners who never played the game. He is plain-spoken, yet knowledgeable. Great combination.
@TO: Yes, we received word from Mike Riley today. He said Tommy Armstrong will be day-to-day this week because of the hamstring injury suffered late in Saturday's game. I'm guessing we won't know Armstrong's final status until Thursday or Friday.
@rickylee41: OK, I appreciate your honesty.
@SiliconValleyHusker: Part of the answer lies in the fact Armstrong carried six times during the opening 30 minutes (for 43 yards). Another answer is that Nebraska ran only 22 plays as Minnesota ran 38 plays and chewed up 18:50 seconds of the clock -- a Gophers specialty. What's more, Armstrong was efficient in the passing game (10-for-14 for 84 yards and a touchdown).
@Steve: I would say acquiring transfers has become much too prominent throughout the college game.
@JimNE: I think it could be a difficult transition year of sorts.
@TO: Thinking about it makes my brain explode. If Ohio State wins out, it would go the CFP, no question. If Penn State wins out in the regular season, and wins in the B1G Championship Game ... its fate would depend on what happens around the country. I think we all understand we should expect the unexpected.
@rickylee41: I think you would call Saturday a "legacy moment" for Armstrong.
@NoNothing: Nebraska took a step backward in that regard. The Huskers had too many unnecessary penalties, with most committed by veteran players who should know better. I will say that Cethan Carter's unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was a terrible call.
@rickylee41: I think that's a great summation: "exciting and exasperating at the same time."
@Matt: Bruce Read is paid $450,000 annually. I don't begrudge him for that. It's what the market determined. Nebraska's special teams have "truly been a mixed bag," Mike Riley said today. He cited kickoff coverage as being an area of strength. Same goes for Drew Brown, obviously. Riley expressed frustration about the punt-return unit and its inability to spring De'Mornay Pierson-El. A "mixed bag" isn't what Riley wants. But the fault doesn't lie totally with Read. For instance, he had nothing to do with Nebraska having 12 men on the field for Minnesota's first punt. That was the fault of the defensive staff, Riley said.
@JimNE: I think Riley needs to make all the hay he can this year, in part to build up equity with the fan base. But, to answer your question, I think Riley/Eichorst could survive a "rebuild year" next season. I don't like to talk much about that because it's a hypothetical. I do know this: The schedule will again be difficult in 2017, and it becomes an absolute bear in 2018, with road games against Michigan, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State and Iowa. Yes, you read that right.
@Bnchwarmer: Thanks, Benchwarmer, for the compliment. Here are some answers. 1. Patrick O'Brien would be the third man up; 2. Yes, absolutely; 3. I haven't heard of any updates. And I agree with you about the old church bell. That was a cool tradition.
@jw: The 2018 non-conference schedule has, in order: Akron, Colorado and Troy. Troy, by the way, is 8-1 this year.
@jw: Dantonio has built up a ton of equity. It's difficult to imagine him being fired unless Michigan State goes completely in the tank and there are significant off-field issues.
@jw: Oh, yes, shovel passes. We haven't seen those this season, come to think of it. But, yes, I could see them re-emerging in the offense with Tanner Lee or O'Brien at the controls.
@TerryInIowa: Thanks for the compliment. I think Nebraska in recent years has allowed too many home-grown linemen to leave the state for less-prestigious destinations (Ohio, Wyoming, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, et al).