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Posted 04 December 2011 - 06:55 PM

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 07:05 AM

I like this, a nice high profile game in FL with a big payout.

SC will be a tough matchup, but a very winnable game, and giving pelini weeks to prepare for a team is always good news (unless it's a rematch with UW where our players mail it in).

SC doesnt throw the ball that well (they averaged less than 100 yds/gm passing against ranked teams), which is good for NU, as they can load the box and let Dennard lock up their best WR and force them into third and long all day. Their QB can run, though, and will likely make a play or two with his feet that will hurt us. they actually didnt run the ball that well against ranked competition, either, but a big part of that may have been the good defenses in the SEC.

they had a sort of up and down season in regards to their performance on the field, similar to NU. they blew out some teams and also struggled against some teams they should have blown out.

their defense is generally solid, and it will be tough to run on them.

I anticipate this being a low scoring affair where special teams and field position will determine who wins. I like NU's chances due to Maher's leg in the kicking and punting game.

NU has thrown and run the ball better against ranked teams compared to SC. I'd say our offense is better than their offense, and their defense is better than our defense.

this is a pretty good matchup for NU, and a very winnable game.
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 08:40 AM

SC reminds me a lot of Nebraska... Can be very up and down sometimes. But their defense as a whole has me a little concerned. I guess we will see.

Here is a quote from gamecocksonline.com:

Despite the reputation of Coach Spurrier as the head of an offensive aerial attack, it's the Carolina defense that is stout against the pass, boasting the No. 2 pass defense in the country. The Gamecocks allow a mere 133.0 yards per game through the air and feature the fourth-ranked overall defense in the country, giving up just 268.9 yards per game.


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Posted 05 December 2011 - 03:58 PM

SC reminds me a lot of Nebraska... Can be very up and down sometimes. But their defense as a whole has me a little concerned. I guess we will see.

Here is a quote from gamecocksonline.com:

Despite the reputation of Coach Spurrier as the head of an offensive aerial attack, it's the Carolina defense that is stout against the pass, boasting the No. 2 pass defense in the country. The Gamecocks allow a mere 133.0 yards per game through the air and feature the fourth-ranked overall defense in the country, giving up just 268.9 yards per game.


We can't pass it anyway, so that's no big deal.

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 04:04 PM

It's going to be an interesting match up for sure. We better be able to pass it, as SC's d-line is the strength of the team. Rushing yards are going to be hard to come by.

Here's one forecast for the game. I'd find if funnier if it weren't so accurate.


Capital One Bowl: South Carolina vs. Nebraska. The Bowl Protection Act of 2011 specifies that all turnovers not contained in the Champs Sports Bowl shall be rolled over into the Capital One Bowl. This will be something like 38 fumbles and 17 picks, but by law they'll have to fit them in somehow. What's in your wallet? It's four hours of Taylor Martinez's throwing motion, and you now have incurable vertigo. We're sorry, there is no cure.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 04:05 PM

Capital One Bowl meet-and-greet

BY Jon Nyatawa | 3:24 pm, Thursday, Dec. 8 | POSTED IN Big Red Today

The 1996 Fiesta Bowl, Nebraska’s lone Citrus Bowl appearance, recruiting in Florida, this year’s national title game and the unlucky Huskers.

Those were some of the topics discussed by Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne, NU coach Bo Pelini and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier Thursday. They’re all in Orlando, Fla., visiting the site of their Jan. 2 match-up in the Capital One Bowl.

The trio gathered at the Mojo Cajun Bar & Grill for a mid-morning press briefing and photo-op.

Here are some links to pictures, courtesy of the official Capital One Bowl Twitter account: Pelini in front of cameras; the coaches’ handshake; small talk. … Doesn’t seem like much fun for anyone.

Anyway … Below is a recap of what was said:

>> With Osborne and Spurrier in the same room, you knew the 1996 Fiesta Bowl was going to get brought up. The 62-24 win over Florida earned Nebraska a national title. “We had a lot of players that played well that night,” Osborne said. … Said Spurrier: “They were just strong — defensively, offensively, special teams. That was one of the top teams in all of college football history.”

>> Osborne said he remembers jogging with Spurrier in a New York City gym back in 1983 (they were in town for the Heisman Trophy presentation). They’ve respected one another ever since. Spurrier’s take on Osborne: “He retired too early. He could still be coaching.”

>> The Huskers’ last trip to Orlando was after the 1990 season, when they faced undefeated Georgia Tech in the Citrus Bowl. NU lost that game 45-21. “Not a very pleasant experience,” Osborne said.

>> Pelini was asked about the Nebraska program getting extra exposure down in Florida because of the Capital One Bowl. The potential benefits from that? “We do recruit down here,” Pelini said. “We obviously have a lot of respect for the type of football that’s played in this state by the high schools kids and the type of talent that’s down here, so any exposure you get down in Florida — and on top of that, it’s first class bowl game. There are a lot of advantages to being picked.”

>> At South Carolina, in-state recruiting is the priority, according to Spurrier. Then the Gamecock coaches look at Georgia (Atlanta, mostly) and Florida. “We’ve got a program we can sell,” he said. “We’ve got a chance to continue to sign three, to four, to five players from (Florida).”

>> LSU-Alabama? A rematch for the BCS championship? Spurrier said he voted for that. … Why not Oklahoma State? Spurrier mentioned the missed field goal that sailed over the right upright in the Cowboys’ loss to Iowa State (a successful try would have won the game for OSU). “Sometimes that’s how close it is, whether or not you play for the national championship,” Spurrier said.

>> Spurrier had this to say about Pelini when asked about the Nebraska coach’s performance since taking the job before the 2008 season: “I think he’s one of the unluckiest coaches there’s been. They had a chance to win the Big 12 conference championship game two years in a row. … He’s done a super job there. He’s a real strong ball coach.”

>> The Huskers are set to practice back in Lincoln Thursday afternoon. Pelini’s not expected to return in time. We’ll have more updates on the blog after that workout.


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Posted 11 December 2011 - 10:04 AM


Sipple: Bowl win could greatly alter perception of Huskers' season


Jermarcus Hardrick will travel home for Christmas, to Batesville, Miss. Yes, SEC country.

With Nebraska set to play South Carolina on Jan. 2 in the Capital One Bowl, the Husker senior offensive tackle is prepared for the inevitable smack.

Oh, he can hear it now.

"Y'all don't play football up in the Midwest," said Hardrick, imitating his home crew. "You just play up there with all those slow boys. Come on down here and play some SEC ball."

So, it's not really as simple as Nebraska (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) vs. South Carolina (10-2, 6-2 SEC). It's Nebraska vs. the SEC's justified reputation as the nation's premier college football conference.

It's Nebraska representing the Big Ten, which last season was bullied in bowls by the SEC and trails 42-30 all-time against the SEC in bowl games.

You've surely heard the discourse: SEC speed trumps Big Ten bulk. I say with great certainty the Big Ten is the most physically punishing conference.

Even so, the Big Ten has ample ground to make up on the SEC in terms of perception.

In that regard, Nebraska is playing for a greater cause.

It's already clear that motivation won't be an issue for the Huskers -- a significant change from the generally listless approach to last December's Holiday Bowl loss to Washington.

"This is a big game for us," said Nebraska safety P.J. Smith, a native of River Ridge, La. "The SEC is the best conference out there, by far.

"They've got everything, man."

They've got the cats. The fast cats. The aggressive cats. The savvy cats. To be sure, something has helped the SEC capture the last five BCS national title games, with a sixth championship on the way.

All told, the SEC has won seven BCS crowns, compared with the Big Ten's one (Ohio State after the 2002 season).

During the BCS era (since 1998), the SEC is 18-16 against Big Ten teams in bowl games. However, two of those triumphs were thumpings in the BCS title game — Florida dismantled Ohio State 41-14 for the 2006 crown and LSU walloped the Buckeyes 38-24 for the 2007 title.

Then came last Jan. 1, a bleak day for the Big Ten:

*Alabama 49, Michigan State 7 in the Capital One Bowl.

*Florida 37, Penn State 24 in the Outback.

*Mississippi State 52, Michigan 14 in the Gator.

Ouch, ouch and ouch.

Those results only bolstered the perception that the SEC is leaps and bounds ahead of the Big Ten.

Step back a moment, though. If you're a Nebraska fan, you relish the discussion, because if the Huskers soundly defeat an SEC team — a top 10-ranked SEC team at that — it would greatly enhance the way Bo Pelini's program is perceived locally and nationally.

I'm guessing a victory would help push Nebraska into the top 15 of next season's preseason polls (even though the Huskers most likely would be overrated that high).

I'm guessing for Nebraska fans, a Husker victory over Steve Spurrier's crew would significantly ease the pain from those blowout losses at Wisconsin and Michigan and that letdown loss at home to Northwestern.

A victory would give Nebraska a third straight 10-win season under Pelini.

The fact a 10th triumph could come against an SEC school, well, Pelini would do well to thank Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and his staff for putting together such a challenging bowl lineup.

"It definitely adds a little spice," Nebraska wideout Tim Marlowe said of the SEC matchup. "We want to show people the Big Ten is one of the best conferences in the country as well."

Pelini is publicly playing down the SEC-is-king discussion.

However, "I'd say they've earned the reputation, with all the NFL guys they've had," Marlowe said.

Last April, the SEC led all conferences in draft picks (38) for the fifth straight year. The last time the SEC did not top the conference draft list was 2006, when the Big Ten had 41 and the SEC 37.

This year, the Atlantic Coast Conference had 35 players selected, followed by the Pac-10 (31), Big 12 (30), Big Ten (29) and Big East (22).

Hardrick knows the lay of the land in the SEC. After all, he verbally committed to Auburn in high school and was originally committed to LSU in junior college.

"That's all I hear when I go home, 'Why are you not at LSU? You'd be with the No. 1 team,'" he said. "Well, this (Capital One Bowl) is a chance to prove my point."

"It's big for us guys from the South," Hardrick added.

It's big for Nebraska, period.


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Posted 11 December 2011 - 11:55 AM

Tell you what Yoshi... don't take a play off, and stop with the stupid penalties.. and you may win.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 12:15 PM

Will Harris at ESPN is not a big fan of the Big Red:

South Carolina (30) over Nebraska: Capital One Bowl, Jan. 2
South Carolina didn't win the SEC East this year, but the Gamecocks beat every team in the division and won 10 games for just the second time in school history. That wasn't surprising, since this is the best era in the 120-year history of the program and the team entered the season as the division favorite. What's surprising is that Carolina accomplished this despite the midseason loss of a preseason Heisman candidate at running back and the SEC's most accomplished returning quarterback. Losing Marcus Lattimore and Stephen Garcia caused Steve Spurrier to rely on the team's outstanding defense, and it wasn't until the final game of the season that the offense showed true progress with Connor Shaw under center. The blowout of rival Clemson validated Spurrier as an adaptable offensive mastermind and Shaw as a player who can lead the team to greater heights next season. Carolina has limped into -- and subsequently tanked in -- its past three bowl games. This year, on the heels of a landmark performance by Shaw, the team is buying into its future like never before. The team's attitude entering the postseason is different this year, partly because it's the most prestigious postseason assignment in school history but largely because what Shaw did against Clemson has made him the real leader of the team for the first time. With the offense on the upswing and a defensive front that's the beneficiary of a mismatch against a weak Nebraska offensive line, Carolina is confident heading into this matchup. That's a lot more than can be said of Nebraska, which after four years is only starting to realize that the program is failing under Bo Pelini. The 66th-ranked rush defense is not as advertised; the coach's right-hand man is out the door for a Sun Belt gig; and the offense -- under mercurial triggerman Taylor Martinez and the weakest offensive staff in the Big Ten -- has yet to craft an identity and is primarily defined by its lack of ball security. These programs are moving in opposite directions. Posted Image

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 07:22 AM

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 09:14 AM

the good news for us people that live out of state and are going to the game,,,,,,,,,,,Runza will be there selling Runzas before the game! Which means I'll be stopping at every rest stop between Florida and Virginia.
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Posted 17 December 2011 - 12:33 PM

the good news for us people that live out of state and are going to the game,,,,,,,,,,,Runza will be there selling Runzas before the game! Which means I'll be stopping at every rest stop between Florida and Virginia.

Runza or dorthy lynch dressing.... I don't know what is more shittastic. Nebraska should be ashamed for foisting that shit on a troubled nation.

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 10:43 PM


the good news for us people that live out of state and are going to the game,,,,,,,,,,,Runza will be there selling Runzas before the game! Which means I'll be stopping at every rest stop between Florida and Virginia.

Runza or dorthy lynch dressing.... I don't know what is more shittastic. Nebraska should be ashamed for foisting that shit on a troubled nation.

I like them both.

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 12:18 AM


the good news for us people that live out of state and are going to the game,,,,,,,,,,,Runza will be there selling Runzas before the game! Which means I'll be stopping at every rest stop between Florida and Virginia.

Runza or dorthy lynch dressing.... I don't know what is more shittastic. Nebraska should be ashamed for foisting that shit on a troubled nation.

You like Mcribs so your opinion doesn't matter.

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 12:15 PM



the good news for us people that live out of state and are going to the game,,,,,,,,,,,Runza will be there selling Runzas before the game! Which means I'll be stopping at every rest stop between Florida and Virginia.

Runza or dorthy lynch dressing.... I don't know what is more shittastic. Nebraska should be ashamed for foisting that shit on a troubled nation.

I like them both.

Fuck you.

sockmaster, i am your anti.

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 03:52 PM




the good news for us people that live out of state and are going to the game,,,,,,,,,,,Runza will be there selling Runzas before the game! Which means I'll be stopping at every rest stop between Florida and Virginia.

Runza or dorthy lynch dressing.... I don't know what is more shittastic. Nebraska should be ashamed for foisting that shit on a troubled nation.

I like them both.

Fuck you.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 11:36 AM

Spurrier sees 'opportunity of lifetime'
Posted by: Steve Sipple on December 19, 2011 at 9:17AM CST
To review: South Carolina has dropped three straight bowl games.
The Gamecocks (10-2) will try to end that skid and, in the meantime, become the winningest team in school history when they face the Cornhuskers (9-3) in the Jan. 2 Capital One Bowl.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier calls it "an opportunity of a lifetime" for his squad.
"We have a chance to make some history," the veteran coach said Sunday in his post-practice comments.
Does South Carolina have better reasons to be motivated for this game than Nebraska? That's always a key question when assessing a bowl matchup.
A few other nuggets from Spurrier:
-- He said standout wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hand injury) sat out Sunday's practice but should be full-go in another week or so.
-- He said South Carolina will start working on its game plan Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
-- The Gamecocks practiced for just over two hours Sunday, breaking in the mid-afternoon. Spurrier had an NFL game he wanted to see.
"We'll see if Tebow can beat New England," the coach said. "I think most of the guys, including me, are going to watch that."

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 03:14 PM

Spurrier sees 'opportunity of lifetime'
Posted by: Steve Sipple on December 19, 2011 at 9:17AM CST
-- The Gamecocks practiced for just over two hours Sunday, breaking in the mid-afternoon. Spurrier had an NFL game he wanted to see.
"We'll see if Tebow can beat New England," the coach said. "I think most of the guys, including me, are going to watch that."

Hopefully this was a precursor as to what is to come.
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