Congratulations to the 2009 Nebraska Cornhuskers, for their 33-0 shut-out of Arizona in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl.
Navy beat Army, the App State game, the Division II Champsionship — really fun tv today.
Great job everyone!
Even though Big Red didn’t defeat the Sooners, it was a sort of bowl-by-proxy, so I can’t complain.
Go Big Red!
Given how we played, it is as if Coach Bo Pelini said, “We have one of the best offenses in the country. Can we still beat Colorado, if defense and special teams gives them 21 points, by handing them the ball and diving out the way?”
The answer was yes.
The new BCS poll is out this week, and the good news is that 3 of the top 6 teams are in the Big 12 (and two of those are from the Big 12 North):
1. Ohio State
The bad news is that Kansas jumped from 8 to 4 on account of our Nebraska Cornhuskers’ record-breakingly bad performance. We have lost more games in a row than ever before, gave up more points in a half than ever before, and gave up more points total than ever before.
The question is should Coach Callahan and Defensive Coordinator Cosgrove be fired now, or stay on so this season is unambiguously theres.
From the Fire Callahan and Cosgrove side:
Coaching: 0 Kansas scored 19 points the last two weeks…they quadrupled that yesterday thanks to Coz’s defense and Callahan completely abandoning the running game to put the game completely in the hands of a first time starter at quarterback. Please guys… don’t damage your careers any more, just resign today.
Overall: F It’s over Bill. Coach Osborne, please call an audible and do what needs to be done now.
From the Let Callahan and Cosgrove hang perspective
Forget the idea that he (or Bill Callahan) should resign or be fired. He shouldn’t. He shouldn’t be let off the hook. At the end of the season, we can write about how this is the worst season in Nebraska’s history and it can be attributed to him without any asterisks attached. This becomes more important as times marches on. Think about that for a minute. When my sons are old enough to have their own kids, they can look in a record book somewhere and Kevin Cosgrove’s name will be attached to this season.
The best summary is from the NU v. KU open thread:
now witnessing the death throes of the Callasham regime.
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Today was a football disaster
First, the drudge report headline says it all: Huskers suffer worst home loss since ’58
Nebraska 14, Oklahoma State 45
Second, the Big 12 South humiliates the Big 12 North
#6 Oklahoma 41, #11 Missouri 31
Third, #2 California, my sentimental favorite, had a chance to become number one, after
#1 LSU 37, #17 Kentuck 31
But it was not to be
Oregon State 31, #2 California #28
And as I’m writing this, Auburn, the team that beat us in the Cotton Bowl last year, survived Arkansas and somehow stays in the Top 25.
#22 Auburn 9, Arkansas 7
Two big games today
#16 Nebraska 20, Wake Forest 17
Michigan 7, Oregon 39
The Nebraska / Wake Forest match was very good. The game was scheduled before the Wake-Forest-as-conference-champ days, but it was satisfactory to dispose of last season’s ACC victor. That the victory was only be three points made it all the better to watch.
Likewise, listening (via ESPN Radio) to highlights of the Michigan / Oregon game was terrific. With all apologies to the greatness of the Pac 10, the public immolation of Michigan — and with her the Big 10 generally — has a very ritual-sacrifice feel to it.
Yesterday the Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big 12 North Champions) and the Oklahoma Sooners (champions of the Big 12 South) fought for the conference championship in Kansas City, Missouri. To dreams of Sean Meade and others came true, as the Sooners bested the Cornhuskers 21-7.
However, in spite of CG’s gloating:
The SOONER you can update this the better. After tonight’s game rest easy world: The New Order has been preserved.
The game was fun. Oklahoma is the ancient rival of Nebraska, though we’ve been separated ever since the Big Eight moved on to the bigger and better Big 12. Since that time, Nebraska has been stuck with hick schools like Colorado and Kansas State as “rivals.” It’s nice to have such a big game against such a great school — and such an ancient foe.
A similar dynamic is occurring in my home state of South Dakota, where the South Dakota State Jackrabbits tried to become “big-time” by moving up to Great West Football Conference — leaving the ancestral North Central Conference to the wolves… or to the South Dakota Coyotes as the case may be. However, there too the old becomes new, as USD will be joining SDSU in NCAA Division I.
Traditions and football, like beer and pretzels, go together.