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Nebraska Preview:


The game is is NU versus NU. Northwestern University versus University of Nebraska - Lincoln. 

Okay - a diversion. I’ve read about Cornhusker fans calling themselves “NU”. The various sports broadcasts list them as “NU”. So where do they get “NU” out of University of Nebraska - Lincoln? Shouldn’t it be “UN” or “UN-L”? Is this kinda like the way an infamous Nebraska fan once said that “...the N in Nebraska stands for (K)Nowledge!” I’ve had my say…

Anyway...

Which brings us to this week’s theme - how much of the game will each facet of the team play? 3 x 60 minutes? 3 x 15 minutes? Or somewhere in between? 


The Good:


The Wildcats are back home after a harrowing two game road trip that left them with one loss and one dubious win, both of which resulted in more questions than answers. Immediately ahead was Nebraska University - Lincoln, otherwise known as UN-L or for some reason, NU. 

The one true NU prepared for the Cornhuskers who were angry after their loss to Ohio State two weeks ago, rested after a bye last week, and very angry after last year’s loss to Northwestern in Lincoln. This was going to be a huge test for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats have a typical kickoff and take the field on defense. The Cornhuskers bring both good passing and running attacks. The Northwestern defense does a lot of bending, but no breaking on the first series. Nebraska settles for a field goal and take the lead.

The Wildcat offense takes the field after the kickoff. The O has Colter as QB, Mark RB, and all the receivers going out long - it somewhat resembles sandlot football. The first play is a Mark run for about eight yards. The second play starts as an option, but Colter pulls up abruptly and tosses a 15 yard strike to a wide open receiver who turns on the afterburners and it turns into a repeat of last year’s Ebert catch/run for a touchdown.

The game continues in a similar vein as the Wildcats get 7s and the Cornhuskers get 3s. At halftime, Northwestern has a 21-13 lead. The Wildcat fans have been in this sort of situation before and cross their fingers that the defense can rise up and preserve the win.

Thankfully, the Wildcat offense doesn’t let up. Naptime must have made a difference because all facets of the Northwestern gameplan work continuously. The game turns into a near blow-out. As the clock expires, Nebraska is 0 - History versus the Wildcats in the Big Ten. 

Wildcats 45 - Cornhuskers 24. The Wildcats continue to control their destiny in the Legends Division.


The Bad:


The Wildcats are back home after a harrowing two game road trip that left them with one loss and one dubious win, both of which resulted in more questions than answers. Immediately ahead was Nebraska University - Lincoln, otherwise known as UN-L or for some reason, NU. 

The one true NU prepared for the Cornhuskers who were angry after their loss to Ohio State two weeks ago, rested after a bye last week, and very angry after last year’s loss to Northwestern in Lincoln. This was going to be a huge test for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats have a typical kickoff and take the field on defense. The Cornhuskers bring both good passing and running attacks. The Northwestern defense does a lot of bending, but eventually break on the first series. Nebraska gets a touchdown and take the lead.

The Wildcat offense takes the field after the kickoff. The O has Colter as QB, Mark RB, and all the receivers going out long - it somewhat resembles sandlot football. The first play is a Mark run for about four yards. The second play starts as an option, but Colter pulls up abruptly and tosses an attempted 15 yard strike to a wide open receiver who muffs the catch. On third down, NU tries a run and comes up short. Punt.

The game continues in a similar vein as the Wildcats get stuffed and the Cornhuskers get 7s. At halftime, Nebraska has a 28 -3 lead. The Wildcat fans are very pensive and hope that naptime makes a difference.

Unfortunately, the Nebraska offense doesn’t let up. Naptime didn’t make a difference because all facets of the Northwestern gameplan seem on the edge of total collapse. The game turns into a blow-out. As the clock expires, Nebraska evens up its history versus the Wildcats in the Big Ten. 

UN-L 52 - NU 24. The Wildcats have to pray for multiple miracles in the Legends Division.


The Probable:


The Wildcats are back home after a harrowing two game road trip that left them with one loss and one dubious win, both of which resulted in more questions than answers. Immediately ahead was Nebraska University - Lincoln, otherwise known as UN-L or for some reason, NU. 

The one true NU prepared for the Cornhuskers who were angry after their loss to Ohio State two weeks ago, rested after a bye last week, and very angry after last year’s loss to Northwestern in Lincoln. This was going to be a huge test for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats have a typical kickoff and take the field on defense. The Cornhuskers bring both good passing and running attacks. The Northwestern defense does a lot of bending, but no breaking on the first series. Nebraska settles for a field goal and take the lead.

The Wildcat offense takes the field after the kickoff. The O has Colter as QB, Mark RB, and all the receivers going out long - it somewhat resembles sandlot football. The first play is a Mark run for about five yards. The second play is another run for six yards. The pattern is repeated with an occasional pass to keep the defense honest. Eventually the Wildcat drive stalls out and they take the 3.

The game continues in a similar vein as the Wildcats and the Cornhuskers battle evenly. At halftime, Northwestern has a 24-21 lead. The Wildcat fans have been in this sort of situation before and cross their fingers that the defense can rise up and preserve the win.

Thankfully, the Wildcat offense doesn’t let up. Naptime must have made a difference because all facets of the Northwestern gameplan work continuously. However, the Cornhuskers refuse to yeild. The game turns into a slugfest. But as the clock expires, Nebraska is 0 - History versus the Wildcats in the Big Ten. 

Wildcats 45 - Cornhuskers 38. The Wildcats continue to control their destiny in the Legends Division.


Other Things


Northwestern made the news this week when it was revealed that the team told Coach Fitz that they needed a nap to perform during 2:30 games. Much to everyone’s surprise, Coach decides to give naptime a try. 

So Northwestern is on the record as saying naps are on the schedule. They had better win this one or else this will come back to bite them. 

More later.

Go Cats!

BJ Mitchell (Former NUMB Spirit Leader)
Twitter: @nuspiritleader. 

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