As the title reads, not a good weekend for the Big Red. I wasn't on yesterday because that's a game where you need at least a day or two to recover from a beating like that. But I still gotta come back and own it, so here it is.
1. So, the bottom line is this: Riley is doing all he can right now to try to improve this program, but from what I saw on Saturday, there is not one player on that Husker football team that could start for Ohio State.
Not Gerry, who has been a rock for the Huskers all year.
Not Westerkamp, Armstrong's safety blanket.
Not Armstrong, who, it's obvious, is this team's emotional leader.
Against a team of hungry, motivated four and five star players like Ohio State who just came in pissed off because they've been flatlining, a team that hopes to win really doesn't have a prayer. Nebraska HOPED it could win with some breaks, OSU knew it had the game in the bag. They were focused, motivated and did everything with a purpose.
2. The good news for Nebraska, first, is we still hope to get TA back for the Minnesota game. That's key. There are still games left. Unlike...certain teams...who got exposed in their last game of the year last year and had to live with that all offseason, Nebraska has games left to play and can still finish strong. Hopefully TA clears concussion protocol and can return against Minnesota otherwise we'll lose that game too. Fyfe is not a legitimate D1 QB. Oh and kudos to the OSU fans for the respect towards TA.
3. I've been wondering, how in the world did Texas A&M get that fourth spot over unbeaten Washington. Clearly, they didn't deserve it. Their best win was against a solid Auburn team, but they got blasted by Alabama. Kudos to Miss State for exposing them for being the frauds they are. Washington is a far more deserving four. We'll see if they get the nod over OSU but after that game I bet OSU gets it.
4. Les Miles left town, but the three yards and a cloud of dust offense hasn't. To beat Alabama, you have to be...I don't know, innovative? LSU's offense still reeks of a HS offense from the 1990s. That is why LSU needs to get Tom Herman on board. Badly. Gus Malzahn has the formula to beat Alabama. Be innovative and take risks. Beating them by conventional means won't get it done.
That said, Alabama's freaking fierce, man. Freaking fierce. Bama/OSU rematch for the title, perhaps?
5. I have to hand it to Wisconsin. They've played a brutal stretch of games, with a ton of injuries that have taken their toll on that team, yet they still continue to find ways to get it done. Won at Northwestern for the first time since 1999.
I selfishly hope they win out and get to Indianapolis. Nebraska doesn't need another embarrassment to OSU and Mich and Wisco has proven it can play with both teams. Ideally, Huskers and Badgers both win out.
6. Texas beats Tech in Lubbock; the biggest surprise from that game was that one team didn't score 40 points. After an awful stretch of games, Texas appears to have righted the ship somewhat. 7-5 with the only loss to WVU seems quite attainable.
Oh and with every passing day I'm guessing Tech fan will longer even more for the days of Mike Leach. You know, the guy who's still unbeaten in his division and has a huge Apple Cup game with an instate rival coming up in a few weeks.
7. Notre Dame loses again to drop to 3-6. Navy always gives them fits so ND losing to them is no surprise, but when Notre Dame loses like they have been, it matters.
8. Don't look now but Bielema teams are starting to do what Bielema teams always do. Tread water the first couple months of the season and then rise in November. They are 6-3 and their final three games against LSU, Starkville and Mizzou are all infinitely winnable. Their only losses by the way? Bama, Auburn and A&M.
Oh and Florida and the entire SEC East sucks a big fat one.
9. I think Gundy's done a fantastic job with OSU this year. I took a look at that team before the start of the year and I said this team's gonna be lucky to win seven games. They've already won that many games and they're probably gonna beat Broseph and TCU. Bedlam game looks like it will decide the Big 12. Again.
10. Finally, I have to say it: I love Gary Patterson. He's got so little in his cupboard this year as compared to a couple of years ago when TCU made a run for the ages, but he's still 5-4, beat Baylor by 40 points and can still possibly win 7 games.
There's week 10...in the books...