Monday, November 29, 2010

Carimi and White Headline Awards Night for Badgers

The Big Ten Conference unveiled their All-Conference teams tonight, along with their individual awards for the season.  Gabe Carimi and James White each walked away with theOffensive Lineman and Freshman of the Year  awards respectively.  White's win marked back to back years a Badger has won Freshman of the Year.  Four Badgers were voted to First Team All Big Ten, while five made it on the media's ballot.  Full story can be found here, and as always thank you for visiting

Big Ten Champs!!

Wisconsin extended their seven game winning streak in dominating fashion with a 70-23 win against Northwestern on Saturday.  It was the third time Wisconsin scored 70 or more in a game this season, UW's basketball team played three games this week never scoring more than 65.  Wisconsin was dominant, racking up 559 yards on offense while limiting the NU to 284 yards and forcing SEVEN turnovers.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nebraska Huskers earn Big 12 Title game birth with win over Colorado 45-17

Nebraska quarterback Cody Green played his ass off in the 45-17 Husker win over CU on Black Friday.  Green completed 10 of 13 passes for 80 yards with two touchdowns and also rushed for 23 yards and touchdown.  Green took the field with the sole purpose of leading his team to a victory and it was apparent in his play.  He limited the mistakes while protecting the ball and made accurate throws when needed.  He consistently got the ball into his play-makers hands, most notably RB Rex Burkhead.

ATS Pickem Results Week 13

Nevada sucker punches Boise State
This weeks challenge belongs to the Bugeater.  Just like in real life, every once in a while the long shot sucker punches the unsuspecting.  Bugeater 5-1, Badger, 2-4, and Shane 2-4.

Thank you to our guest picker Shane from Tampa Florida.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Red vs Red ATS Pick'em Challenge Week 13

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, Shane from Tampa Florida.

Week of November 27 

No. 2 Auburn @ No. 9 Alabama -4.0
Badger:  Cam Newton is too good and has proven that all the extracurriculars
aren't bothering him.  Auburn 27 Alabama 21.  

Bugeater:  I like Alabama to slow Cam Newton down and win by pounding the ball on the ground against an over rated Auburn D.  Alabama 28 Auburn 25

Shane:  Auburn wins big due to Cam Newton's domination.
Auburn 28 Alabama 13  

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bo, Don't Apologize

Eric Gregory, Lincoln Journal Star

Much has been made here in Omaha this week about Bo Pelini's behavior on the sideline Saturday night in College Station.  Most of the criticism has centered around Bo's tirade toward QB Taylor Martinez.  I'm here to stick up for Bo Pelini.  Don't apologize for anything.  What happens between you and your players in the confines of the game or practice is no one else's business.  Taylor was out of line for accessing a cell phone during the game (if he did) and Bo expressed to him that he shouldn't have.  Believe me after that Taylor, or anyone else on the team, won't make that mistake again.

Northwestern Has Been Badger's House of Horrors

Wisconsin's John Clay, left, watches Montee Ball (28) congratulate James White (20) after White's 30-yeard touchdown run during the first half of an NCAA football game against Indiana Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, in Madison, Wis.
AP Photo

For the better part of two decades now the annoying little brother to the south has proven to a major thorn in the side of the Badgers.  Starting in 1992, on the final day of season with Wisconsin needing a win to be bowl eligible, the Wildcats have beaten the Badgers seven times.  1996 was probably the most heartbreaking loss of all when Mike Samuel and Ron Dayne botched a hand-off and fumbled leading to a late Northwestern score and a win.  Last year in Evanston NW eked out a win 33-31taking away any chance Wisconsin had of playing in a New Years Day bowl.  Badgers on last years team remember the sickening feeling of walking off Ryan Field with a loss.  "This is a game I remember guys (had) circled for a long time."  said SS Jay Valai reflecting on last years loss.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Week 12 Red vs Red ATS Pickem Results

Badger: 4-2

Bugeater: 3-3

Chad: 3-3

Not to toot my own horn, but I will.  Congrats to me for going 4-2 and extending my lead (cockiness will be my downfall) in Red vs Red Pickem Challenge .  A big thank you to Chad for being our guest picker this week.  Check out the ATS Results tab for updated yearly standings.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Wisconsin Ground Game Dominant Once Again

Rick Wood
Montee Ball and James White once again spent their Saturday dominating another Big10 defense.  White led the attack with 181 yards and two touchdowns, while Ball wasn't far behind with 173 yards and four touchdowns.  The story of the game was Wisconsin's 31 straight rushes starting at 9:23 in third quarter and continuing to the end of the game.  No doubt in my mind that was Bielema's response to all the media criticism he received for throwing the ball  in the forth quarter last week at Indiana.

Cookie crumbles for Nebraska against A&M, penalties costly

Nebraska loses on field goals 9-6 to Texas A&M in Aggieland.  The Aggie defense was spectacular holding Nebraska to two field goals.  Quarterback Ryan Tannehill played a whale of a game not making many mistakes and keeping his team focused throughout the game.  Running back Cyrus Gray ran for 137 yards, bruising his way to a fifth straight 100 + yard game.  The Aggies won the game but a little stink will linger from the penalties in this one.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Huge Test for Badgers' D

Melanie Maxwell |

The Wisconsin defense will face it's toughest on Saturday in the Big House.  Michigan is ranked fifth nationally in yards per game (521.8) and 14th in points scored (37.70), higher than all previous Badger opponents except for Ohio State, 41.6 point per game.  It makes me nervous when Wisconsin plays athletic running quarterbacks, they always seem to get torched for abnormally long runs.  Lets hope they can contain Denard Robinson and force him or Tate to beat them with their arms.

Fast Huskers current team

Huskers strength and conditioning coach James Dobson said WR Niles Paul is the fastest guy on the Huskers, followed by CB Prince Amukamara, and then QB Taylor Martinez.  Does this surprise anyone?
Obviously, I don't see practice and time trials but I've watched all the games this year in person or on TV.  In my opinion here are my top three Husker speedsters.

1.  Roy Helu, Jr
2.  Taylor Martinez
3.  Alfonzo Dennard         

Your thoughts?  What should we expect this weekend against A&M?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

RedvsRed Week 12 ATS Pick'em 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).  A huge thank you goes out to our guest picker this week, Chad from D.C.

Week of November 20 

No. 6 Wisconsin @ Michigan +4.5
Badger:  Michigan's defense is worse than Indiana's so you would expect Montee Ball and James White to have a field day with them.  Wisconsin struggles in the state of Michigan.  Wisconsin 28 Michigan 27

Bugeater:  Michigan's No 100 ranked total defense will have a tougher time stopping the Wisconsin running game then Wisconsin will have stopping Michigan's.  Denard Robinson is a super star and will make this game interesting enough to watch.  Wisconsin 35 Michigan 28          

Chad:  Wisconsin 35 Michigan 27   

College Football Live

Watson gives Martinez update

Shawn Watson on Taylor Martinez's ankle injury status, "He's like old Taylor," he said after Wednesday's practice.  "It's good to have him back like he was before the injury. He's really close. I really don't notice anything with him. He's accelerating. He's making cuts on a dime. He's looked really good this week. It's like having the old Taylor back."  

The Huskers are going to need a healthy Martinez and a little magic to get through the stout Texas A&M defense. 

Read the full Lincoln Journal Star article here.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Is Bo Right??

I'm sure by now you've all heard Bo Pelini's comments concerning the fans  during Saturday's game versus Kansas.  I'm honestly surprised it took Bo this long to say something about the fans.  I have been to three games at Memorial Stadium (by no means a regular), but that place is QUIET, he is absolutely right.  I have mentioned this to Bugeater on more than one occasion, of course he disagrees.

My college football travels are not as extensive as I would like them to be, but I have been some major venues around the country.  I have been to games at Camp RandallBen Hill Griffin, and Doak Campbell as well as various bowl games throughout the state of Florida.  All venues full of enthusiastic ravenous fans much louder than those found in Memorial Stadium.  People here in NE are starting to air their "I was told to sit down by stadium security" stories on the local sports talk shows.  This is ridiculous, this blows my mind. Take notice when watching the game down in College Station, that place will be rocking. 

Please don't take this the wrong way, this is not an indictment of NU fans in anyway.  Living here I see that they have the passion and intelligence that matches and exceeds that of other fan bases throughout the country.Or is it a slight to Memorial Stadium experience, the atmosphere in Lincoln on gameday is awesome, and the Tunnel Walk is spine tingling, but after that it's all down hill.  What are your thoughts Nebraska fans?

Badgers Basketball Off to 2-0 Start

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is off to a 2-0 start this season with wins over Prairie View A&M (99-55) and University of North Dakota(85-53).  Conference player of the year candidate John Leuer has led the Badgers in scoring both games and is averaging 23ppg.  Freshman John Gasser is getting good minutes and is averaging 14 ppg including a 21 point performance vs PV A&M. 

Look for more intensive coverage as the season continues, and please make your choice for Wisconsin Badgers basketball coverage.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ATS Pickem Results week 11

Badger does it again, going 5-1 on the picks this week.  Bugeater and BadgerSr both go 3-3.  Thanks to the BadgerSr for picking this week.  Check the ATS Tab for Challenge Standings.  

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Why the Wisconsin Hate?

AP Photo / Morry Gash

I just don’t get where all the hate and ridicule for Wisconsin’s win on Saturday is coming from?  I’ll admit that I am biased and I’ll also admit that I didn’t see the second half of the game (son’s hockey practice takes priority), but how can you blame a team for going out and asserting their dominance over the opposition?  Isn’t that what football is all about?  Wisconsin fans have longed to see a team this dominant  for years.   After season after season of watching UW teams not play up to their expectations or play down to the other teams talent level and squeak out a win, it’s a treat for us all.  Wisconsin’s victory in Las Vegas in 2007 was a perfect example, they should have wiped the floor with that team instead they barley make their escape with a 20-13.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Offensive Explosion in Madison

AP Photo

Wisconsin’s offense exploded Saturday to the tune of 83 points.  Third string running back Montee Ball lead the way with 167 on 22 carries and three touchdowns, including the 65 yards on the first drive of the game where Ball carried the ball all five times leading to a touchdown.  James White returned to his normal back-up role and contributed his own 144 yards and two touchdowns.  Scott Tolzien, not to be out done by his running backs quietly completed 15 of 18 passes, three for touchdowns.  Wisconsin had the ball 12 times on Saturday and scored on all 12 drives, plus one interception return for a touchdown by Aaron Henry.

Lavonte David and Nebraska defense shut down Kansas, leads to Husker victory

Lavonte David (LJ photo)
The Nebraska blackshirts stifled the Kansas offense holding them to 87 yards total offense and three points in the 20-3 Husker victory on a cold Saturday night in Lincoln.  It was the lowest yardage total a Nebraska defense has allowed since 2000 (Baylor 84 yards).  The defensive performance moved Nebraska into the top slot in several conference rankings, pass defense, total defense, and scoring defense.    

The star of the game was linebacker Lavonte David, he was all over the field making plays, breaking up passes, sacking the quarterback, all which seemed to help take the spirit out of the KU offense.  David tallied 10 tackles and a pair of sacks for a defense that had six sacks, intercepted one pass, and allowed only five first downs.  David's play has been exceptional most of the year and he has emerged as a powerful force for the best defense in the Big 12 and one of the top nationally.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Ball Poised for First Start of the Year vs Indiana

Montee Ball followed up a very solid freshman year by dropping to third on the depth chart behind.  You read that right, Ball was replaced by true freshman superstar James White.  Ball didn't hang his hang and sulk and feel sorry for himself.  He knew White was given the opportunities over himself because he was making the plays Ball wasn't.  Montee rededicated himself to working hard and earning back the playing time he felt he deserved.

Red vs Red ATS Pick Challenge Week 11

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.

Week of November 13

No. 22 South Carolina @ No. 24 Florida -6.5
Badger: I really really want to pick USC here, but I can't.  Florida has been hot, and they'll be geared up to beat the Ole Ball Coach.  Florida 31 South Carolina 21

Bugeater:  Both teams are sitting at 6-3 on the season looking to salvage a once promising season into at least decent bowl appearance.  Look for Garcia to get back on track and keep this one close, maybe even winning this one in Gatorville.  Florida 30 South Carolina 28

BadgerSr: South Carolina vs. Florida - Both Steve's, Spurrier and Garcia have a successful homecoming.
South Carolina 28 Florida 20
Niles:  Please return a kick off for a touchdown, catch a few passes, and/or take a reverse to the house.  Thank you.

Nebraska Basketball kicks off tonight

Nebraska kicks off their basketball season tonight against South Dakota.  Should be a good year.  Tough not to improve on a 2-14 in the conference.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Burkhead wins game for Nebraska

Rex Burkhead played excellent in Saturdays 31-30 win over Iowa State, he carried the ball 20 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns.  He was the focal point in the Wildcat formation and made several good reads, by either holding onto the ball or handing off to Roy Helu, Jr.  His performance probably won the game for Nebraska.

Burkhead looked comfortable in the shotgun under center, he was a quarterback in high school and it looked like at least a couple of the Wildcat plays had pass options and may be something we see in the future.  Most of all he stepped up and lead the team from the running back position, at a time when that's exactly what the Huskers need, leadership.

Week 10 Red vs Red Pickem Results

A very abysmal week for all of us here at Don't look for us to give up though, we'll be back at this week with a whole new set of games.  Congrats to Leland for squeaking out a very ugly win, and a huge thank you to Bugeater's sister Tiffany for being our guest picker.

Badger: 2-4

Bugeater: 2-4, tiebreaker win Kansas over Colorado

Tiffany: 1-5

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Nebraska somehow gets by Iowa State

Nebraska squeaked out an overtime victory over Iowa State 31-30.  Not a great game for the Huskers but another W.  More to follow.  

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Live Blog Nebraska vs Iowa State Starts 2:15 PM

Wisconsin Looks to Get Healthy Today Against Purdue

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 18: J.J. Watt #99 of the Wisconsin Badgers rushes against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Camp Randall Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Arizona State 20-19. Wisconsin defeated Arizona State 20
Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

If you're a follower of pro or college football in the state of Wisconsin you know far too well that injuries have ravaged both teams.  Coming of their well deserved bye week Wisconsin looks to get healthy today against a Purdue team with their own share of injury problems.  Except all-everything Tight End Lance Kendricks and Freshman running back James White not to play today.  That means Montee Ball will have plenty of opportunities today to prove his inspired play against Iowa was no fluke.  Against a Purdue team that gives up 173 yards a game on the ground I see big a big day for John Clay and Ball.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Preview: Nebraska vs Iowa State team rankings

Nebraska has nothing on Iowa State going into Saturday's game, at least in regards to their position in the Big 12 North standings.  Both teams have three conference wins and both teams book a trip to Dallas if they win out.  What Nebraska does have on Iowa State is a lead in almost every statistically category that is tracked.  What Iowa State has on Nebraska is a memory of upsetting the Huskers last year 9-7 by forcing eight turnovers.  What happens in Ames on Saturday will impact the entire college football scene one way or another.  Here is a quick look at the conference rankings:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Red vs Red ATS Pick Challenge Week 10

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, Tiffany from New Underwood, SD.

Week of November 6 

No. 9 Nebraska -19.5  @ Iowa State
Badger:  The possibility of not having Taylor Martinez for the entire game could
expose this offense.  Nebraska 21 Iowa St 14

Bugeater:  Iowa State is ranked No.99 in rushing defense and No. 79 in pass efficiency.  Nebraska won't turn the ball over eight times this year.  It could be cold in Ames Saturday.  Nebraska 30 Iowa State 12

Tiffany:  Nebraska 31 Iowa State 14 

ATS Pickem Results Week 9

One tie all tie.  Tie-breaker goes to Badger for picking Florida over Georgia.  A huge thank you to uncle Vince for making picks against us this week.  Here are the results:

Badger: 2-4  Tie Breaker
Bugeater: 2-4
Vinny: 2-4

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Monday, November 1, 2010

This Weeks: The Big 12 Hates NU post

It was reported that painfully average Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel has sent tape of Courtney Osborne's hit on Blaine Gabbert to the Big 12 offices and asked them to review it.  I'm sure we'll soon be hearing that Ed Cunningham was summoned by Dan Beebe for his take on the hit.

Stay tuned to for developments and other Big 12 hate directed at the Big Red.