@JimNE: I think that part of special teams obviously needs work. Nobody needs me to point that out. But I think it's premature to put any coach on a "hot seat" two games into a season. Seems like a massive overreaction. Special teams were OK last year -- good in some areas, not-so-good in others. But nothing that warrants a firing discussion.
@AARON: I don't think you could have said it (or wrote it) much better. I do think Nebraska can get its run game going Saturday.
@TW: I tend to disagree with you, because I don't make the type of sweeping generalization that you made. Exhibit A: Zack Darlington is heavily invested in the program. He's an excellent teammate. He'll do anything for the team. He's proven that. But he drew a flag in the opener for spinning the ball after his conversion run. Does that mean he lacks "buy-in?" Or was it an isolated case of bad judgment? I lean toward the latter.
@Matt: I'm not ducking your question, but ask me again next Monday.
@Huskerted: Nebraska has outscored the first two opponents 50-0 combined in the fourth quarter. Does that indicate good conditioning? Absolutely.
@Matt: I think playing ball control on offense will be critical. Thing is, Nebraska is explosive enough, and Oregon ordinary enough on defense, that I could see the Huskers having some short scoring drives. If the turnover bug bites Nebraska, Oregon's offense will make the Huskers pay. As for what the Blackshirts will need to do to be effective, well, we could do a seminar on that. If I were Mark Banker, my main concern would be two-fold: 1. Oregon's elite speed on the perimeter; 2. Oregon's excellent tailback, Royce Freeman.
@Scott: I definitely could see a day when that happens, although I must admit I've never heard any serious discussion about such a change being made.
@PTHUSKER: The Ducks have junior Aiden Schneider, a walk-on who was a third-team All-American last season. He made 22 of 24 field-goal attempts last year and is 2-for-2 this year with a long of 31. This scouting report brought to you, in part, by Lindy's national college football preview edition.
@FLhusker: He's very serious about becoming a great football player, and it's already showing at the college level. He has potential to be a special back.
@Pete: I know this: I would be livid if I were a Chargers fan. What an epic collapse. Pretty embarrassing, really.
@Trash: Armstrong's passing stats through two games (both wins): 25-for-44 (56.8 percent) for 485 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception. Those numbers don't exactly scream "erratic." As for Northwestern, all I can say is "Wow." Gerry picked the Wildcats to finish second in the Big Ten West Division. And I admit I picked Northwestern to defeat Nebraska in our annual preseason edition. It's in print. But there's no way I think that now.