Troy-Nebraska Preview

There are 10 comments on the Fox Sports story from Sep 19, 2006, titled Troy-Nebraska Preview. In it, Fox Sports reports that:

Nebraska 's high-powered offense got a reality check in its last game. Now that unit tries to regain some confidence in the team's final non-conference tuneup before Big 12 play.

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Tavo Barrios

AOL

#1 Sep 24, 2006
NEBRASKA!!! Is a really good team. I knew they would bounce back. Yessss!!!! Go big RED!
Herbie

United States

#2 Sep 26, 2006
Tavo Barrios wrote:
NEBRASKA!!! Is a really good team. I knew they would bounce back. Yessss!!!! Go big RED!
Bounce back? they never left! Let's not EVER forget that the USC loss was Callahan's fault. Nebraska could have and should have beaten USC. Never forget the way coach let down his guys
Geeze

Omaha, NE

#3 Sep 26, 2006
Herbie wrote:
<quoted text>Bounce back? they never left! Let's not EVER forget that the USC loss was Callahan's fault. Nebraska could have and should have beaten USC. Never forget the way coach let down his guys
Herbie,

You need to look at the big picture here. We were playing the most talented team in the country, without our starting all-American center & cornerback. Our only chance to win was to keep USC off the field with a ground oriented ball control offense, mix in a few play action passes and then try to force some turnovers on defense. We dropped two interceptions and caused a fumble that turned into points for USC on that drive. That is three possession and 7 points we gave up. BC’s game plan was to protect Zac and give us a chance to win & he did that. If this was a bowl game it would have been more wide open like the Michigan game, because we wouldn’t have to worry about the rest of the season. Do you remember how many hits Zac took against Michigan? Would you trade a USC win for an injured Zac Taylor? I would guess that most Nebraska fans expectations are to win the North and compete for a BCS bowl in the Big 12 Championship. Those are reasonable expectations due to the fact that we are in year three of an EXTREME makeover. It is pretty easy to game plan if our new coach came to a team with great athletes that were playing in a pro system like Weiss did at Notre Dame, but he had to change everything because the landscape of college football has changed. This game doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things. Since we do have a healthy ZT, we can still win the north, big 12,& play in a New Years day bowl and I ask you what is wrong with that?
Herbie

United States

#4 Sep 26, 2006
Geeze wrote:
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Herbie,
You need to look at the big picture here. We were playing the most talented team in the country, without our starting all-American center & cornerback. Our only chance to win was to keep USC off the field with a ground oriented ball control offense, mix in a few play action passes and then try to force some turnovers on defense. We dropped two interceptions and caused a fumble that turned into points for USC on that drive. That is three possession and 7 points we gave up. BC’s game plan was to protect Zac and give us a chance to win & he did that. If this was a bowl game it would have been more wide open like the Michigan game, because we wouldn’t have to worry about the rest of the season. Do you remember how many hits Zac took against Michigan? Would you trade a USC win for an injured Zac Taylor? I would guess that most Nebraska fans expectations are to win the North and compete for a BCS bowl in the Big 12 Championship. Those are reasonable expectations due to the fact that we are in year three of an EXTREME makeover. It is pretty easy to game plan if our new coach came to a team with great athletes that were playing in a pro system like Weiss did at Notre Dame, but he had to change everything because the landscape of college football has changed. This game doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things. Since we do have a healthy ZT, we can still win the north, big 12,& play in a New Years day bowl and I ask you what is wrong with that?
Are you serious? First of all, you copied that from some website. I know for a fact, because I remember reading it last week. Anyway, I hate to be rude, but all that you wrote and what the coaches were thinking are so wrong. You NEVER play a game for the "grand scheme of things" or to protect your quarterback!,and all that other jibberish! You ALWAYS ALWAYS play to WIN! The real grand scheme of things is this: Nebraska beats USC on ABC on primetime television and proves that they are a contender. Moves up to oh say #8 in the polls? That is what it is all about or have you forgotten? They have lost the hunger and tradition of one of the greatest teams in history just a few short years ago!Bottom line is, they had the talent and offense{west coast} to embarrass USC and that would have catapulted their season into one for the ages.It is a disgrace!
Geeze

Omaha, NE

#5 Sep 28, 2006
Herbie wrote:
<quoted text>Are you serious? First of all, you copied that from some website. I know for a fact, because I remember reading it last week. Anyway, I hate to be rude, but all that you wrote and what the coaches were thinking are so wrong. You NEVER play a game for the "grand scheme of things" or to protect your quarterback!,and all that other jibberish! You ALWAYS ALWAYS play to WIN! The real grand scheme of things is this: Nebraska beats USC on ABC on primetime television and proves that they are a contender. Moves up to oh say #8 in the polls? That is what it is all about or have you forgotten? They have lost the hunger and tradition of one of the greatest teams in history just a few short years ago!Bottom line is, they had the talent and offense{west coast} to embarrass USC and that would have catapulted their season into one for the ages.It is a disgrace!
Herbie,

1) I cut & pasted my own words from the other message board because your complaints were almost identical to the person I replied to on that board & I was unaware you were on that forum.
2) Nowhere in my post did I say that they didn’t play to win. That is what all the spoiled so called Husker fans said because they look for any excuse to complain. If we lose it has to be someone else’s fault. It is impossible that USC just has better talent then Nebraska. It’s these type of fans that almost drove Dr. Tom to take the Colorado head coaching job back in the day. I'm sure coach Solich would have came up with a much better game plan. Next time I see Frank slumped over his stearing wheel facing the wrong direction in traffic I will ask his input.
3) Wow, you really think that we have more talent than USC. I guess you know more than the rest of the world. You obviously had us winning the National Championship this year so I should probably just agree to disagree.

GO BIG RED!!!
Herbie

United States

#6 Sep 28, 2006
Can you honestly tell me you believe that Nebraska could'nt have beaten USC if Zac Taylor would have thrown 30-35 passes and had say 3 big passes to Matt Herian{a person who 95% of his receptions have been big plays}instead of just 1 reception? Did you watch the whole game? On only 1 drive did they try to throw the ball over 10 yards! and what happened on that drive? 3 consecutive completions over 20 yards and a touchdown! The facts don't lie. I'm not saying Nebraska has better talent, but they are close. USC hasn't impressed me that much. And as for poor little Franky Solich, he would have been proud because I think Callahan used Frank's pitiful playbook! run, run, run, punt. sweeps when you are backed up on the 5, etc.Teams that are rebuilding don't get rebuilt by rolling over and playing dead. Always play to win, always give 110%, if something isn't working, hey here is an idea, try something else!On Nebraska's first 3 drives they ran exactly the same plays: 2 runs up the middle, screen pass, punt. Instead of trying something else, they did pretty much the same thing all game, with the exception of the 1 good drive. I NEVER look for excuses or someone to blame when Nebraska loses. This one is a FACT! Very badly coached game.nuff said.
Geeze

Omaha, NE

#7 Sep 28, 2006
Herbie wrote:
Can you honestly tell me you believe that Nebraska could'nt have beaten USC if Zac Taylor would have thrown 30-35 passes and had say 3 big passes to Matt Herian{a person who 95% of his receptions have been big plays}instead of just 1 reception? Did you watch the whole game? On only 1 drive did they try to throw the ball over 10 yards! and what happened on that drive? 3 consecutive completions over 20 yards and a touchdown! The facts don't lie. I'm not saying Nebraska has better talent, but they are close. USC hasn't impressed me that much. And as for poor little Franky Solich, he would have been proud because I think Callahan used Frank's pitiful playbook! run, run, run, punt. sweeps when you are backed up on the 5, etc.Teams that are rebuilding don't get rebuilt by rolling over and playing dead. Always play to win, always give 110%, if something isn't working, hey here is an idea, try something else!On Nebraska's first 3 drives they ran exactly the same plays: 2 runs up the middle, screen pass, punt. Instead of trying something else, they did pretty much the same thing all game, with the exception of the 1 good drive. I NEVER look for excuses or someone to blame when Nebraska loses. This one is a FACT! Very badly coached game.nuff said.
Herbie,

I was at the coliseum & saw the entire game. I had no reason (and I wouldn’t leave early anyway) to leave because our game plan kept us in the game until the last TD drive by USC well into the fourth qtr. The size and speed of USC‘s players would not have allowed a wide open game plan unless you wanted to see several turnovers and Zac in the ER. In the last couple of years only one team with inferior talent has challenged USC and that was Fresno State 2005. There game plan was run, run & run right at the USC defense. They kept Reggie Bush & company off the field & had a chance to win until some costly mistakes doomed them in the fourth Qtr. I am guessing you must have watched the USC vs. Nebraska game on TV because your thoughts sound very similar to that of one Brent MussBurger. The mere fact that Brent was bagging on BC’s strategy tells me it was the best game plan possible (see this link for further opinions on this matter… http://www.huskerpedia.com/colonel/c091806.ht... & this opinion comes from someone who has never been a BC fan) When it comes to game plans I will stick with BC. I am sure he has a little knowledge about offense since he was the coordinator and Head Coach of one of the most prolific offenses for 2-3 years of NFL football & the only reason he is not a Super Bowl Champion is due to the fact he had to coach against the only team in the NFL that knew his offense inside & out (i.e. Jon Gruden & the Buc’s) We both want Nebraska to do well and I think we can support our team better by not criticizing our coaching staff until we have a team where all things are equal (i.e. talent, depth & experience)

P.S. you never did say if you expected us to win a national championship this year? I thought we would lose 2-3 games, win the north & be competitive in Kansas City, if Zac stays healthy (knock on wood) & I still think that is very possible.

GO BIG RED!!!
abland

Columbus, OH

#8 Sep 28, 2006
WHo cares about either team?
Herbie

United States

#9 Sep 29, 2006
Geeze wrote:
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Herbie,
I was at the coliseum & saw the entire game. I had no reason (and I wouldn’t leave early anyway) to leave because our game plan kept us in the game until the last TD drive by USC well into the fourth qtr. The size and speed of USC‘s players would not have allowed a wide open game plan unless you wanted to see several turnovers and Zac in the ER. In the last couple of years only one team with inferior talent has challenged USC and that was Fresno State 2005. There game plan was run, run & run right at the USC defense. They kept Reggie Bush & company off the field & had a chance to win until some costly mistakes doomed them in the fourth Qtr. I am guessing you must have watched the USC vs. Nebraska game on TV because your thoughts sound very similar to that of one Brent MussBurger. The mere fact that Brent was bagging on BC’s strategy tells me it was the best game plan possible (see this link for further opinions on this matter… http://www.huskerpedia.com/colonel/c091806.ht... & this opinion comes from someone who has never been a BC fan) When it comes to game plans I will stick with BC. I am sure he has a little knowledge about offense since he was the coordinator and Head Coach of one of the most prolific offenses for 2-3 years of NFL football & the only reason he is not a Super Bowl Champion is due to the fact he had to coach against the only team in the NFL that knew his offense inside & out (i.e. Jon Gruden & the Buc’s) We both want Nebraska to do well and I think we can support our team better by not criticizing our coaching staff until we have a team where all things are equal (i.e. talent, depth & experience)
P.S. you never did say if you expected us to win a national championship this year? I thought we would lose 2-3 games, win the north & be competitive in Kansas City, if Zac stays healthy (knock on wood) & I still think that is very possible.
GO BIG RED!!!
I guess we saw it 2 different ways, I respect your opinion. peace.
Geezer

United States

#10 Oct 1, 2006
To Herbie from Auburn

The only difference between the 1950's Bill Jennings,and Callahan is that Callahan has a silver tongue and B.S. his way better. Both coaches had talent running out of their ears, but neither could coach. How many more years will it take for the fans to realize that the second coming of Devaney is not happening with Callahan. As for Callahan coaching career at Oakland your forgetting that Jon
Gruden handed him that team on a silver plater, Callahan did not build it. If you remember he was
fired after he called his team the dumbest in the nation and the team quit playing for him.

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