What to Expect from Wyoming

Returning quarterback Brett Smith has an accurate arm and an eye for reading the defense. He isn’t a prolific passer, but will probably throw about 20-25 times against the Huskers. The other threat on offense is a deep rotation among several capable running backs, led by D.J. May. Last season may have been a disappointing year for the Cowboys, but the offense never struggled.

On defense, the 2012 99th ranked defense needs a strong improvement to turnaround last season’s results. A dismal rush defense was made worse by the graduation of their top three tacklers. Add in a 121st ranked run defense, giving up 232 yards per game, and you are setting up a Husker rushing steamroller. The most experienced facet of the Cowboy defense is the secondary with four returning starters from a passing defense that was respectable.

Key Players for Wyoming

Brett Smith QB
Robert Herron WR
Tyler Strong OL
Eddie Yarbrough DT
Blair Burns CB
Chad Reese FS

I’d anticipate Nebraska’s gameplan to exploit the run early, opening up the passing game and get ahead early. Defensively, Wyoming’s passing game should be a good barometer of improvements to the secondary. I don’t expect the running-back-by-committee gain much traction against the Huskers line which should be a good confidence builder heading in to Southern Miss.

Pinnacle Bank Arena Construction Timelapse

By the way, whatever happened to the ice rinks that were supposed to be associated with the Pinnacle Arena? Anyone know?

Husker Recruit Zack Darlington Injured, Airlifted to Hospital

Husker QB recruit Zack Darlington from Apopka, FL was injured in a violent hit in his high school game and airlifted to a hospital reports ESPN.

It is reported that he lost consciousness but later regained movement and was speaking at the hospital.

Thoughts and prayer for a speedy recovery.

Coach Pelini Pranks the Huskers

Bo Pelini pranks the 2013 Huskers with movie night instead of second practice:

Memorial Stadium East Stadium Media Tour

Stewart Mandell (Sports Illustrated) Big 10 Preview

LegendsStewart Mandell of Sports Illustrated released his Big 10 Preview.

In short, he predicts Michigan winning the Legends division and Ohio State as Big 10 Champ, defeating the Wolverines in the championship game. Mandell projects a conference record of 8-2 and an overall record of 10-2 for both Nebraska and Michigan. A head-to-head win by Michigan, avenging last year’s 23-9 loss, puts Michigan in the championship game.

Given the relatively soft nature of this year’s schedule, would you find a 10-2 record and missing out on the Big 10 Championship game a success or failure?

AP Preseason Poll Released, Huskers at #18

The first poll from the Associate Press was released on Saturday, with defending National Champions ranked #1.

Nebraska finds their spot at #18, behind fellow Big Ten foes Ohio State at #2 and Michigan at #17. Other Big Ten teams in mix are Northwestern at #22 and Wisconsin at #23.

The Huskers first game against a ranked opponent is with #21 UCLA on September 14th.

PreSeason AP Top 25 Football Poll
1. Alabama (2012: 13-1)
2. Ohio State (2012: 12-0)
3. Oregon (2012: 12-1)
4. Stanford (2012: 12-2)
5. Georgia (2012: 12-2)
6. South Carolina (2012: 11-2)
7. Texas A&M (2012: 11-2)
8. Clemson (2012: 11-2)
9. Louisville (2012: 11-2)
10. Florida (2012: 11-2)
11. Florida State (2012: 12-2)
12. LSU (2012: 10-3)
13. Oklahoma State (2012: 8-5)
14. Notre Dame (2012: 12-1)
15. Texas (2012: 9-4)
16. Oklahoma (2012: 10-3)
17. Michigan (2012: 8-5)
18. Nebraska (2012: 10-4)
19. Boise State (2012: 11-2)
20. TCU (2012: 7-6)
21. UCLA (2012: 9-5)
22. Northwestern (2012: 10-3)
23. Wisconsin (2012: 8-6)
24. USC (2012: 7-6)
25. Oregon State (2012: 9-4)

2013 Husker Football Schedule

The 2013 Husker Football schedule has been updated with the latest game times and TV coverage. We’ll keep this updated as new times/broadcast outlets are announced. For your convenience, here’s the link: 2013 Husker Football Schedule

2013 Husker Fan Day

Husker Fan Day

Husker fans get their first opportunity to get up close and personal with the 2013 Nebraska Football team today.

Fan Day begins at 2:00pm (CT) at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. Fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Day by sharing photos through social media and tagging them with ‪#‎Huskers‬ for display on the HuskerVision Big Screens.

Prior to Fan Day, select players will take part in a press conference streamed live on Huskers.com. The Press Conference is scheduled to begin around 10:45am.

For more information, including a Fan Day map of where the players will be seated, follow this link – http://go.unl.edu/FanDay

Huskers Ranked 18th in Pre Season Coaches Poll

The first poll of the 2013-14 season has been released with the USAToday Coaches Poll. The Huskers make their entry at #18, one spot back of #17 Michigan and a distant 16 spots behind #2 Ohio State.

With the pre season poll, Nebraska looks to face 3 ranked teams during the regular season, first up with #21 UCLA on September 14th, followed by #22 Northwestern on November 2nd, and #17 Michigan on November 9th.

Nebraska is expected to finish well this season with a relatively light Big 10 schedule which lacks games against the conference front runner Ohio State, and no opportunity to avenge last year embarrassing loss to Wisconsin. Mark your calendars for December 7th for the Big Ten Conference Championship game is set to be played.

The 2013 season begins four weeks from Saturday with a 7pm night game against Wyoming.

The full Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Oregon
4. Stanford
5. Georgia
6. Texas A&M
7. South Carolina
8. Clemson
9. Louisville
10. Florida
11. Notre Dame
12. Florida State
13. LSU
14. Oklahoma State
15. Texas
16. Oklahoma
17. Michigan
18. Nebraska
19. Boise State
20. TCU
21. UCLA
22. Northwestern
23. Wisconsin
24. USC
25. Oregon State