Monday, September 27, 2010

ATS Pick'em Results Week 4

Results Week of September 25th  3-3

Bugeater:  2-4

Badger:   2-4
Our guest picker Jay from over at scored the highest on week 4 pick'em challenge.  He picked the 3 of 6 winners.  Thank you for participating.  Make sure to head over to and check out Jay's site.  He covers the entire Big 12 and other general football topics.  

The authors did not fair so well only getting 2 of 4 picks correct.  Click the ATS Pick'em Results tab to see the full year standings.  If you would like to be featured as a guest picker,or have a match up you would like to see selected for picking, please email or    

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pathetic in win, Nebraska an anomaly

It's 20/20 hindsight that makes it easy to discuss what went wrong during and leading up to the game versus Football Championship Subdivision South Dakota State for #6 Nebraska.  Let's look back over the week and see what our 20/20 vision holds.  You might start with coach Bo Pelini's weekly press conference when he expressed disappointment for having to subject the paying fans to playing a subdivision team.  You might even look out west to the Vegas sports books, that weren't offering a line for the game until the night before game day, perhaps because they couldn't imagine a number high enough to entice bettors to take the underdog (-41.5).

I'm going to start with the cover of the Omaha World Hearld sports page Saturday covered from top to bottom with images of blue, gold, and white SDSU frosted cupcakes.  The national media's weekly preview coverage skipped over the game with a wave of the hand expecting a blow out and added a little criticism against the Huskers for "not playing anybody."  And then my own feelings of always cautious and reserve changing after hearing the Badgers annihilating Austin Peay 70-3, I couldn't help but shine with enthusiasm because we would be doing the same thing to our opponent.  Yep, we overlooked them, under appreciated their drive to compete, and definitely didn't think they would have the gall to actually play hard and we did this the whole week leading up to the game and then fell asleep during it.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Black Shirts are out!

The fabled Blackshirts were handed out at the end of practice today.  Twelve players reportedly earned their Blackshirt:

Jared Crick
Baker Steinkuhler
Pierre Allen
Cameron Meredith
Lavonte David
Eric Martin
Prince Amukamara
Alfonzo Dennard
P.J. Smith
Rickey Thenarse

Eric Hagg
Dejon Gomes

RedvsRed Week 4 ATS Pickem

Each week Red vs Red will bring you our prognostications, plus one guest picker each week, on what we deem to be the most interesting games of the week (or the easiest pick).  A huge thank you goes out to our guest picker this week, Jay, from    

Week of September 25th
UCF @ Kansas State -6.5

Bugeater:  Central Florida beat South Dakota and Buffalo.  They lost to North Carolina State, a school I've never heard of.  KState is 3-0 with a great running back in Daniel Thomas.  He will be enough.  Kansas State 37 UCF 25

Badger: Daniel Thomas will be too much for a UCF’s very average rushing defense that hasn’t faced a good back all year.  Kansas State 31 UCF 10

Jay: Kansas State will have their hands full with UCF freshman QB Jeff Godfrey, but UCF won’t be able to slow down Daniel Thomas enough for the road win.  Kansas State in close one, 28-20.

#8 Oklahoma -15.5 @ Cincinnati 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wisconsin vs Nebraska: A Look at Some Intangibles

Wanted to do a quick comparisons of the intangibles to show why being a fan of Wisconsin or Nebraska is great.

This Weeks Love Affair with Taylor Martinez Post

Here’s a quick look at (some of) the best rushing seasons for NU quarterbacks, and how T-Magic
stacks up, so far.

Oh Yeah, We're Supposed to Write About Wisconsin too...

Morry Gash / Associated Press
What is up with the Badgers?  Yes, they’re off to a 3-0 start, but it hasn’t been the dominating beat down you would expect from such a highly ranked team, of course this is compounded by that team here in Nebraska running up and down the field at will and beating the ever loving snot out of their opponents.  A close game with visiting Austin Peay this week could be foreshadowing for a long and arduous Big Ten season.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Season Observations So Far...

Greg McWilliams/Icon SMI
With Wisconsin and Nebraska slated to play Austin Peay and South Dakota State respectively there isn’t much to write or get excited about.  I thought I’d take the time to give my thoughts and observations on the young season; my quarterly report on the 2010 season.

Best Team:  Oregon.  All apologies to Alabama who appears as unbeatable as ever, but Oregon looks unstoppable.  Oregon leads FBS in yards per game at over 600 and is second in the country in rushing yards at just over 380 yards a game.  Darron Thomas has proven so far he’s more than capable of leading this explosive offensive to ridiculous amounts of yards and points.  Leading a west coast team into Knoxville was no easy feat and the young sophomore conquered Rocky Top.

ATS Pickem Results (week 3)

Badger : 3-3

Bugeater: 3-3

Guest (BagderGrandpa): 2-4

Not a great week for anyone.  Bugeater has a slight lead only due to the fact that his upset special lost by fewer points than Badger's.  We'll pick six more games this week, and we'll be looking for a guest picker.  If you're interested or if you have a game you want to see on the pickem let us know.  Email us

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Martinez scores four touchdowns in crushing victory over the Huskies

Martinez has another huge day at Washington (LJ photo)
The main stream media was questioning how Nebraska freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez would perform on the road for the first time in his career.  T-Magic answered those questions by passing for 150 yards with a touchdown and rushing for 137 yards and 3 touchdowns leading the Huskers to a 56-21 win over Washington.

After the game, Martinez said this about being nervous, "They were asking me that in the first game.  I don't get nervous before games, so they should probably stop asking me.  I don't  really care if it's a home game or an away game, if it's in a loud environment or not, it doesn't really bother me."

Friday, September 17, 2010

NU Defense vs. Jake Locker and Co. : Match Ups to Watch

Jared Crick vs. Erik Kohler

Poor Erik Kohler.  If you didn’t know Mr. Kohler is a true freshman offensive guard on University of Washington’s football team.  Erik Kohler will be making his first collegiate start this weekend and lucky for him he’ll be lining up across from Jared Crick and Baker Steinkuhler.  Could be a long day for Mr. Kohler (and in turn Jake Locker) if they don’t give this kid some help. 

Unity on the road is key for Huskers in Seattle

Team Nebraska (LJ photo) 
The crowd noise at Memorial Stadium can be very disruptive to visiting offenses.  I know because I've been there when you're plugging your ears because it's to loud, and yet your're screaming your guts out.  The crowd noise can build a teams momentum and when you have the momentum strange things can happen.  It might come as a good block to break a runner free, a broken arm tackle that results in a huge play, or a kicker putting it through from 57 yards to claim a late victory.

Which brings me to my point, as the Huskers travel to Seattle and Husky Stadium, they will need strong team unity to overcome the handicap created by the roaring crowd noise.  Former Husker Matt Hoskinson was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald today describing the Husky Stadium noise like this, "I know it's an old cliche to say you can't hear yourself think, but it was mind-numbingly loud."  Husky Stadium helped claim victory over good USC and California teams last year, and without care, it could claim Huskers this year.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Red vs Red Against the Spread (ATS) Pick Challenge

Each week Red vs Red will bring you our prognostications, plus one guest picker each week, on what we deem to be the most interesting games of the week (or the easiest pick).    

Week of September 18th 
#6 Texas -3 @ Texas Tech

Badger:  Texas has yet to put it all together, this week it hurts them.  Texas Tech continues their aerial assult, 35-21.  Guns up!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Defense electric, offense shocking in Husker victory

Steinkuhler forces a pass intercepted by Gomes (LJ photo)
The Husker defensive line definitely got coach Pelini's message last week to play better football.  Lead by Jared Crick's 2.5 sacks the defense recorded 7 sacks and allowed only 279 total yards in the 38-17 win over Idaho.  The defensive back field also played with confidence, grabbing five interceptions, two being returned for touchdowns by DeJon Gomes and Ricky Thenarse.  Overall the defense played really well and after the game Pelini, said so, "The defense, those guys played their tails off."

Friday, September 10, 2010

Games to watch week 2

Who says the opening weeks of non-conference college football are boring?  This weekend features several top 25 match ups and one unranked game between two teams with the winner joining the ranked.  Here are the games I will be watching and a couple notes to consider for each.

18 Penn State @ 1 Alabama.  The returning national champions are at home against a freshman quarterback Robert Bolden for Penn State.  One hundred thousand fans will bury that freshman, and that's why you watch.  Players faced with insurmountable odds, sometimes and just sometimes, over come those odds and people talk about it for a long time.  It's college football, it's upset city!  Penn State 34 Alabama 33

12 Miami @ 2 Ohio State.  You're aware of the feeling when you read the tv guide and see it on the schedule.  You know, that good ole college football feeling you get when you mention their names, the historical dominance, the great teams from the recent past and the greater past......Blah, blah.  Expect a good game for three quarters, then Ohio State 42 Miami 25.

Players to Watch This Weekend

Alfonzo Dennard
Idaho and its 4th ranked passing offense will put the ball in the air more than WKU and you can be sure that Nathan Enderle will do his best to stay away from one of the nation’s premier lockdown corners in Prince Amukamara.  Idaho’s receivers are the talent of the offense, but still no match for the NU secondary.  Look for Alfonzo to have plenty of chances to make big plays, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a pick or two.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Look for this on Saturday

The Idaho Vandals come into Lincoln for an 11:30 AM kickoff on Saturday.  What improvements should we expect to see out of the Huskers in their second game of the season?  Start with a look at the defense.  Bo Pelini said Tuesday, "If you look at my history, our style of defense, you get better as time goes on."  Well, Idaho is a better passing team then WKU and look for Nathan Enderle, an efficient passer, to test the Husker cornerbacks early and often.  Cornerbacks Prince Amukamara  and Alfonzo Dennard should get to showcase their talent against the Vandals and with good down field coverage the defensive line has an opportunity to force a turnover or get some sacks.  Peilini's history hopefully will ring true, and the defense will improve on allowing 299 total yards to WKU and a sub par offense.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

What we Learned on Saturday

Rex Burkhead  has super speed (Photo by LJ) 
Rex Burkhead should be the starting I-back.  Am I the only one that’s surprised at the numbers Roy Helu puts up?  He is the most uninspired runner I have ever seen.  Rex, on the other hand, it the holes hard and fast and ran with purpose.  I would imagine it won’t be long till Burkhead is starting and receiving the majority of the carries.
The Defense has to get better.  The good news is they will.  Lavonte David and Alonzo Whaley will be afforded a whole week of practice to prepare for their job of running the show.  The playmakers are there and once this unit gets time to gel under real game conditions they will live up to last year’s expectations.

Nebraska moves up in both rankings

Nebraska has moved up to #6 in the AP and #7 in the Coaches Poll Rankings after beating WKU 49-10.  Oklahoma and Florida both moved down after poor performances on Saturday.
Wisconsin is ranked #11 in both polls after beating UNLV 41-21.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Martinez shows up at quarterback

"T-Magic" takes his first snap. (Photo by L. Johnson)
Bo Pelini and Shawn Watson gave the Husker faithful something to talk about by naming Taylor "T-Magic" Martinez the starting quarterback for the Big Red season opener.  As the clock ticked closer to kick off, rumor had it that no announcement had been made because a big surprise was in store.  I know, I know everyone who's in the know seen this coming, but most of us average Joe's sitting in the stands figured it would be returning senior Zac Lee.  The reaction was overwhelmingly positive, specially when T-Magic scores from 46 yards on the third offensive play of the game.  He racked up  263 total yards with 3 touchdowns leading the Huskers to a 49-10 victory over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. 

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Upon further review

It was announced today how the starting quarterback was picked for Saturday's kick off game against Western Kentucky.  Right before kick off, when asked if the Red-shirt Freshman Taylor Martinez, affectionately known as T-Magic, should be the starting quarterback, a vote was taking at mid field with unanimous results.  

Saturday, September 4, 2010

It's Gameday!

Game day is here.  Coach Pelini still has not provided a starting line up or a depth chart for tonights game.  I'm heading down to Lincoln for the game and will try to post the starting quarterback as soon as it's announced on the scoreboard.  

Taylor Martinez named starting quarterback for first game of season. 

Friday, September 3, 2010

Husker breakdown preseason

Strengths -

Badger - Running Game:  Nebraska returns 100% of their rushing offense from 2009.  Roy Helu Jr rushed for 1147 yards and 10 touchdowns last year, good for 4th and 2nd in the Big 12.  Rex Burkhead proved himself a solid back-up averaging more than 4 yards per carry last season.  Add to them a more mature Cody Green and the athletic abilities of Taylor Martinez under center and Nebraska should improve over last years rushing totals that were good for sixth in the Big 12.

Bugeater - Wide Receivers:  Niles Paul and Brandon Kinnie provide two experienced and reliable options for the quarterback(s) to find.  Paul proved himself to be a go to target with exceptional speed last year and should only improve on that this year.  Kinnie can be an isolation type possession guy we haven’t had since career reception leader Nate Swift.  The freshman Quincy Enunwa apparently will earn some playing time and may even be an impact player for the Big Red.  

Weaknesses -

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Five Games to Watch This Weekend

1. #3 Boise St vs. #10 Virginia Tech - BSC National Championship game in September = Christmas in July??  Maybe not, but this is by far the best game of the weekend.  If Boise State wants to prove they deserve a chance to play for it all they need a much better showing than they had last year.  Kellen Moore, Titus Young, and Austin Pettis will lightup FedEx Field as a very good VaTech Defense will prove too little.  Ryan Williams and Tyrod Taylor will not be outdone, I cannot wait to watch this one.  Boise State keeps their title hopes alive 41-34.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Reaction to Big Ten Divisions, a Badger Fan's Perspective

     At first glance I was upset when the divisions were released.  It felt like the Badgers had been ripped from their regional rivals and placed out east with some teams they didn’t really “fit in” with.  One, I thought it was important to keep Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa together.  Two, and this is purely selfish, I wanted UW in the same division as Nebraska to ensure they would be making the trip to Lincoln every other year (they will be here in 2012).  I calmed down, did some research and I’m starting to feel a little better.  I cannot let go of the fact that I think UW got shipped east solely based on the prospects of a Michigan vs. Ohio State title game, but I digress.

Big Ten announces conference alignment and Nebraska should be happy

The Big Ten announced the conference alignment for the 2011 season.  Here is how it breaks down:  Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Northwestern will be on one side.  Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, and Wisconsin will make up the other side.  This alignment will be true for all team sports, but obviously was designed with football in mind.

So how does Nebraska football fit in?  Initially, with the present state of the teams in our group, Nebraska could possibly step in and be an obvious front runner.  Iowa may be the biggest road block to an easy path to the inaugural Big Ten Championship game.  Historically, Michigan would be the big test but lately Michigan just hasn't had much to be afraid of.  Northwestern and State can put together a steady team every few years, but they're  far from putting together a dominating football team.  Nebraska should step in and be a major conference player right off the bat.