@Aaron: For one, Pelini has never had backup QBs as capable as this year. That's probably as big a reason as any. I wish the best for Brion Carnes, but I shook my head in 2011 when some were suggesting Nebraska turn that way after the Wisconsin loss. Anyone who knew what was going on at practices, knew there was too wide a gap between Martinez and everyone else to turn the keys over to another QB. But the perfect situation has kind of arose this year to play the backups. This is a three-game stretch where you give a guy like Armstrong the chance to grow and gain confidence against teams that aren't world beaters. I think ideally you sit Martinez one more week, and give him another two, with the bye, to heal. That said, I appreciate Pelini's point this week. You still have to take care of the game in front of you, and make the best personnel move to assure victory. This team can't take anything for granted.
@Stad: There we go. A little Seinfeld in the house.
@Nish500: Sounds like Martinez will travel. The rest is still a mystery. Probably will be until Thursday at least.
@RocketHusker: Some people don't like the sideline yelling. I get that. I've never been bothered by it as much. Heck, I remember when Lou Holtz used to grab kids by the face masks. Not saying that should still be the way it is. But go back and watch Schembechler and some of these guys on the sideline. Intense profession.
@fightinthedog: Yes, and the offensive line likes the smashmouth ball they've been playing. I think they feed off it.
@TO: I don't think anyone in this state has forgotten UCLA.
@fightinthedog: Division is wide open. This season can go a lot of different ways still, from one extreme to the other. Nebraska would be in trouble if it had last year's schedule. But this year's schedule has afforded them a chance to try to patch the holes week by week, and hope the boat isn't sturdy enough to leak in November. But you get the feeling anything can happen with this group on a weekly basis. The uncertainty about the defense makes even games like this one more interesting that they'd usually be.
@Aaron: I'd pick Nebraska as a slight favorite right now. I will be just fine saying I'm wrong if proven otherwise, but I don't believe in Northwestern. Wouldn't surprise me if they drop four games before the year's over.
@TO: Yeah, there's been a few plays that have looked like old-school Husker football in recent weeks. I've seen the tear-stained cheeks of grown men after the games.
@Aaron: I'm not anti any individual. I don't know enough about the inner workings of the staff, nobody does that's not on the staff, to know who is all responsible for what. I like the potential of the D. But even last Saturday, you sometimes feel like they're walking on egg shells a bit. You just don't quite know what's going to happen on the next play. To their credit, they rose up when they needed to. Has to continue to be an opportunistic defense. The fact it is creating turnovers is one positive that has to keep being a positive. By the way, the anti-dentite episode is Top 20.
@Nish500: Pelini has been very cordial with media in recent weeks. He was improved before the audio, but I guess I've noticed he's willing to talk longer and maybe be more forthcoming on certain topics than he was prior to all that. For instance, the last two press conferences have lasted more than 30 minutes. Some of the post-practice sessions have been about twice as long as usual. I've noticed that.
@fightinthedog: I don't know but I can ask if they've considered moving coaches to different spots on gameday.
@Nish500: Some Seinfeld questions must be kept to one's self.
OK, good stuff. I have to move along. Appreciate the comments and questions.