@rickylee41: Would like to hear your questions, Ricky.
@Steve: I think there is good leadership among the 17 seniors, and elsewhere on the roster. You only have to go back to last season's game against sixth-ranked Michigan State to find an instance that demonstrates how well this team can respond an awful loss. The debacle at Purdue occurred the week prior.
@NoNothing: I thought it was borderline, but I would've been surprised by a flag.
@Aaron: Just one week prior, Nebraska pushed Wisconsin to overtime, and I thought the Huskers looked every bit as good as the Badgers -- who will be ranked in the top seven of the College Football Playoff committee poll tomorrow. Northwestern and Indiana went to Columbus and put scares into the Buckeyes. So, you tell me.
@Steve: I think Riley and his staff have done a good job, but these last two games were discouraging. Wisconsin teed it up for Nebraska late in that game, and the Huskers failed to take advantage. And then, based on Riley's comments Monday, it seems the Huskers just melted down Saturday night in the face of an enormous challenge. That was my read.
@JimNE: I do need to read about that. Thanks for sharing.
@Troy: I think Nebraska could win the game Saturday night with either Ryker Fyfe or Darlington at the controls. I'm not saying it would be easy ... As for your question, it comes down to Fyfe taking far more snaps with the top-unit offense this season in practice than Darlington. Timing and consistency obviously are integral elements for an offense. How would the offense play with a quarterback (Darlington) who has spent most of his time with the scout team?
@Troy: Gracias, amigo. That's nice of you to say. And, you're forgiven!
@NewportRed: I find it very difficult to explain why the result was so lopsided. Tell me one person who predicted Ohio State would score 62 points. Is there anyone?
@NoNothing: I really dislike that notion. To win championships in the Big Ten, you will have to be able to run the ball well and stop the run pretty well. Those elements have to become a significant part of your identity -- or you'll become Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are a great example of a pass-first, no-defense program that has won its share of games over the years, but no championships in recent memory. Do you want to become Texas Tech?
@TO: Riley addressed the defense's issues really well in his Monday news conference. He said defenders became "frantic" as the Buckeyes began clicking. He said the defense "fell apart" technically and assignment-wise. Defenders too often lost leverage. Defenders too often tried to do too much as other players were having breakdowns. The situation snowballed into ... well, 62-3.
@DanP: No question, the blowout was an embarrassment. But the overtime loss at Wisconsin actually should give Nebraska fans reason for hope. If you watched Wisconsin batter Northwestern Saturday, you saw an excellent Badger squad that played with a high degree of toughness and intelligence. And yes, the Huskers had the Badgers on the ropes -- should've have won the game.
@JimNE: I always appreciate your perspective, Jim. You sugarcoat nothing. That's a good quality. However, I don't think this season will go south. So, I think it would be irresponsible for me to engage in the hypothetical to which you refer.
@Huskerted1959: Your theory seems a bit diabolical -- which is perhaps why it makes sense to me.
@Tone: Nebraska came within a whisker of beating Wisconsin at Camp Randall. Wisconsin likely will be ranked sixth or seventh tomorrow when the CFP committee releases its poll. So, you tell me...
@DanP: Nebraska definitely failed to seize a prime opportunity at Camp Randall.
@NewportRed: I wish I knew that.
@DanP: I wouldn't give up on this team or program. There are too many good things going on, in my opinion.
@Aaron: I think that is clearly where recruiting comes in. Riley and his staff show signs of upgrading the program in that area, and building more depth of talent.
@Jim: I thought the offensive approach in the second half was flawed, to say the least. I thought Riley/Langsdorf eschewed the big picture (a lot of season ahead) and maybe got caught up in the moment. As Bill Callahan liked to say, "You've got to keep your poise in the noise." Why do I find myself quoting Callahan so often?