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2007 Game Predictions and Commentary

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Date Opponent Result
09/01NevadaW 52-10
09/08 @ Wake ForestW 20-17
09/15USC L 31-49
09/22Ball StateW 41-40
09/29Iowa StateW 35-17
10/06@ MissouriL 41-6
10/13Oklahoma StateL 14-45
10/20Texas A&ML 36-14
10/27@ Texas L 25-28
11/03@ Kansas L 39-76
11/10Kansas StateW 73-31
11/23@ Colorado L 51-65

2007 Preseason Prognostications
Ever since Callahan arrived in Lincoln, people have been saying that he needs time to
get the right players in place to run his system. Callahan is so very close. The upgrade
in talent is unquestionable and several of the incoming freshmen will make an
immediate impact this season. The outlook for the 2008 recruiting class looks to be
even better. Expectations for this season are higher than they have been in several years
and rightly so. The Huskers have a chance at winning every game on the schedule, but
realistically, they won't. The schedule is brutal. The key will be to win the games that
they are supposed to win (like OSU last season) and be at least competitive in the others
(USC, Texas). 10-2 or 9-3 with a return to the Big 12 championship game is attainable and
would sustain momentum into 2008. A signature win over USC or Texas and all bets are off.

Sep 1 vs Nevada
WIN

This game could be close in the first half, but NU should roll them in the second.
The Wolf Pack does not have the size, speed or depth to hang with Nebraska for
four quarters. A final score in the neighborhood of 49-10 sounds about right.

Sep 8 at Wake Forest
WIN

The Demon Deacons are coming off their best season in decades, having gone 10-2 in
the regular season and winning the ACC Conference Championship game. They slip a
bit this year but will still be very good at home. This is a winnable game for Nebraska.

Sep 15 vs USC
PROBABLE LOSS

Southern Cal will be the prohibitive favorite, but the game is in Lincoln and anything
can happen. Nebraska can win this game but will need to play error-free football and
win the turnover battle. The Huskers have continued to upgrade their talent and it
should really start to show this season, but they are still not at the level of USC. Yet.

Sep 22 vs Ball State
WIN

This game should just be a payday and a warm-up for the start of the conference season.
However, you cannot overlook any team, especially one that gave Michigan all they
could handle last season before falling 26-34. NU wins handily and rests the starters.

Sep 29 vs Iowa State
WIN

The Cyclones are in major rebuilding mode as new coach Gene Chizik takes the reigns
of the program. Iowa State brings back a lethal scoring weapon with their Bret Meyer to
Todd Blythe combination, but QB Meyer will be taking snaps behind one of the most
inexperienced offensive lines in ISU history. It is going to be a long season for the
Cyclones. Even a win over D1-AA Northern Iowa is not guaranteed. Huskers will roll!

Oct 6 at Missouri
WIN

Missouri returns a high potency offense that averaged 426 yards last season and is the
media's 'pretty-boy' selection to win the Big 12 North. I am not buying any of it.
This same team lost six starters from a defense that was just plain bad last year. The
Huskers' will pick them apart with Callahan's ball control offense. Granted, the game is
in hostile Columbia, a place where Nebraska has not won since 2001. Mizzou should be
undefeated again coming into this game given their creampuff schedule, giving them a
false sense of accomplishment. Like last year when MU started the season 7-1 and
limped to an 8-5 finish. Just when you think Missouri is good enough to finally get over
the hump, the Pinkel factor sets in and they implode. This is a game Nebraska will win.

Oct 13 vs Oklahoma State
WIN

The Cowboys will not surprise Nebraska again this season. Last year the Cornhuskers
jumped out to a 16-0 lead before going into their familiar third quarter doldrums. The
much-improved offensive line is one reason that will not happen again. Not in Lincoln
with revenge in mind. If the Blackshirts can avoid giving up all the big plays like they
did last season in Stillwater, this is another game that Nebraska will win.

Oct 20 vs Texas A&M
PROBABLE WIN

Speaking of revenge, the Aggies will be looking for it after last year’s close defeat to the
Huskers in College Station. A&M will have another decent team this season and will go
bowling. I see them as a very dangerous team similar to Oklahoma State, but Nebraska
will win this game with better defensive pressure up front to limit QB Stephen McGee.

October 27 at Texas
PROBABLE LOSS

The Huskers came oh so close to beating Texas last year and should have won that
game. This is a match up that Nebraska can win but probably will not. The Texas
Longhorns are certainly beatable, even in Austin (just ask Texas A&M), but to do so the
Huskers must establish the run against a very stingy defense that is so good at stopping it.

Nov 3 at Kansas
WIN

Kansas always seem to get up for the game against Nebraska and 2007 will be no
different, especially in Lawrence. KU has a run-stopping defense returning this season
that could cause problems for Nebraska. Based on their schedule, KU will start the year
strong and fade down the stretch. Nebraska will win this game which means that KU's
bowl hopes will likely come down to their last game of the season against Mizzou in KC.

Nov 10 vs Kansas State
WIN

The KSU Wildcats will go only as far as Josh Freeman can carry them, and that should
be worth at least two or three more wins than last season. Prince has brought in Juco
talent on the offensive line to provide immediate and much needed protection for his
prized quarterback. Kansas State is not back yet but coach Ron Prince has them on
their way. They could surprise some teams this year but not the Cornhuskers in Lincoln.

Nov 23 at Colorado
WIN

Colorado will be the most improved team in the Big 12 Conference this year. Of course,
that is not saying much considering that the Buffs are coming off a 2-10 season. There
is nowhere to go but up, right? Hawkins is rebuilding the offense (sound familiar?) and
a bowl game is not out of the question. Just do not count on the Huskers being the
sixth win that gets them there. Nebraska will win again in Memorial Stadium West.

Dec 1 Big 12 CCG in San Antonio
TOSSUP

Just like last season Nebraska should meet the winner of the Red River Shootout in the
Big 12 Conference Championship game - unless Missouri, Kansas State or Texas A&M
have anything to say about it. I predict that it will be the Texas Longhorns and I give
the Huskers a much better chance to beat them in a rematch game on a neutral field.

Jan 1 in the Gator Bowl
WIN

The opponent? Stay tuned. It is going to be one heck of a college football season!




Wolf Pack
Wally's prediction: Nebraska 49 Nevada 10
Actual score: Nebraska 52 Nevada 10

Sept 1 in Lincoln 1 2 3 4 F
Nevada 0 10 0 0 10
Nebraska 7 14 24 7 52

Wally's fearless prediction:
Nevada will be starting a new quarterback and a third string center when they come to
Lincoln to face the Huskers in front of the largest crowd they have ever seen before.
That sounds daunting enough, but the Wolf Pack have faced top programs before, having
been narrowly defeated by Miami 21-20 in last season's MPC Computers Bowl. But Nebraska
is simply no match for Nevada and will roll this very young Wolf Pack team.

Series history: Teams have never met
Last game: N/A
Nevada's record in 2006: 8-5
Nevada lost to Miami 20-21 in MPC Computers Bowl

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
The Huskers showed flashes of some great football today, but this was a very sloppy game
as many first games tend to be. Just ask Michigan {snicker}. Plenty of mental errors
all around and too many dropped passes and stupid penalties. Nevada is not a bad team
but they are very young and were missing some key players. That said, there is no way
Nebraska should have allowed them to keep the game that close in the first half. An
intercepted pass returned 80 yards for a touchdown tends to have that effect. Marlon
Lucky had a career day and true freshman Quentin Castille is going to have a huge impact
before his days at Nebraska are done. Sam Keller's debut was a bit shaky initially but
he settled down and ran the offense effectively. All in all a pretty good start for NU.

A few more comments and observations:
* Steve Octavien is a beast! He was in the Wolf Pack backfield all day long.
* Adi Kunalic has a cannon for a leg. He may kick one out of the stadium this year!
* So much for the third quarter letdowns. The Huskers exploded after halftime.
* I cannot wait to see Mo Purify in this offense with Sam Keller.
* No sacks today. Zac Taylor must be wondering what that is like.
* 589 yards of net total offense for Nebraska isn't too shabby!
* Marlon Lucky will be named the Big 12 player of the week.

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Demon Deacons
Wally's prediction: Nebraska 31 Wake Forest 17
Actual score: Nebraska 20 Wake Forest 17

Sept 8 in Winston-Salem 1 2 3 4 F
Nebraska 3 10 7 0 20
Wake Forest 0 10 7 0 17

Wally's fearless prediction:
The Demon Deacons are coming off a tough loss at Boston College and will be looking
for redemption against the Cornhuskers. Riley Skinner, Wake Forest's starting QB, is
sidelined with a separated shoulder and won't play after throwing for 236 yards and 3
interceptions the previous week. This does not bode well for the defending ACC
champions considering they amassed a whopping one yard on the ground against BC.
This is an opportunity for Nebraska to show they can win on the road, but I just wish they
could do it against a team at full strength. Brett Hodges is a capable backup at QB and
will give the Blackshirt secondary a very difficult test, and a whole bunch of interceptions.

Series history: Nebraska is 2-0 over Wake Forest
Last game: 2005 - Nebraska won 31-3 in Lincoln
Wake Forest's record in 2006: 11-3
Wake lost to Louisville 13-24 in the Orange Bowl

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
The road woes continue as the Huskers escaped Winston-Salem with a three
point win. Sam Keller looked very shaky at QB today despite completing 23 of 39 passes.
Wake Forest's defense shut down NU's running game and forced the Huskers to the air, but
overthrown balls to wide-open receivers and dropped passes again plagued the offense. A
crucial interception by Zack Bowman in the fourth quarter saved the day, just as it looked
as if the Deacs were going to pull off the upset. The Blackshirts gave up an embarassing
236 yards on the ground to a team that managed only 2 rushing yards the previous week.
Maybe the Cornhuskers were saving all the good stuff for USC next week? Yeah, right.

A few more comments and observations:
* 3 of 15 on third down conversions for NU says all you need to know about this game.
* The Blackshirts gave up some big plays today, but defense still won this game.
* An ugly win is still a beautiful thing, because it is a win.



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Trojans
Wally's prediction: Nebraska 28 Southern Cal 21
Actual score: Nebraska 31 Southern Cal 49

Sept 15 in Lincoln 1 2 3 4 F
USC 7 14 21 7 49
Nebraska 7 3 0 21 31

Wally's fearless prediction:
Let the hype and media frenzy begin! The USC Trojans are coming to Lincoln and they are
bringing their ESPN Game Day lapdogs with them. Lee Corso will put on a stupid Trojan
hat and proclaim Southern Cal to be the greatest team to ever grace the gridiron. USC is
a very good team and the Huskers will have to play flawless football to beat them. Is this
the game that finally gets Bill Callahan and Nebraska over the proverbial 'hump'? YES!
I have never predicted a Nebraska loss and am not about to start now. Huskers win in Lincoln.

Series history: Nebraska is 0-2-1 against USC
Last game: 2006 - USC won 28-10 in Los Angeles
USC's record in 2006: 11-2, beat Michigan in the Rose Bowl 32-18

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
As much as Bill Callahan didn't want to label this game a measuring stick for the progress
of the Nebraska program, it was. The Huskers obviously still have a long ways to go.
Callahan has upgraded recruiting over the past several years but the gap in talent and
speed was all too evident tonight. Oh, the speed! USC took that measuring stick and
bludgeoned NU over the head with it. Give USC credit because they deserve a #1 ranking.
Despite the disappointing setback, all of Nebraska's stated goals are still intact.

A few more comments and observations:
* USC scored so quickly that NU actually lead in time of possession
* Sam Keller had a decent game but it wasn't nearly enough
* I have never seen holes as big as the ones the USC RBs were running through
* USC just toyed with Cosgrove's defense. The poor tackling was an embarrassment
* The lack of sacks this season by the Blackshirts is very disappointing
* This game was not nearly as close as the final score indicates


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Cardinals
Wally's prediction: Nebraska 49 Ball State 10
Actual score: Nebraska 41 Ball State 40

Sept 22 in Lincoln 1 2 3 4 F
Ball State 0 10 21 9 40
Nebraska 7 7 14 13 41

Wally's fearless prediction:
This is the perfect opponent for a Husker team that is licking their wounds after a bad
beatdown by USC. Now is the time for Nebraska to step it up and regroup before the start
of the conference schedule. Hopefully, the coaches can remind the team how to block and
tackle before Saturday. Otherwise, I will demand a $30 refund for the cost of the pay-per-view.

Series history: Nebraska has never player Ball State
Last game: N/A
Ball State's record in 2006: 5-7

Wally's view from the cheap seats:
There are pictures of the Blackshirts on the side of milk cartons. Posters on telephone
poles plead for their safe return. Where can they be? Certainly not in Memorial Stadium
today as the Ball State Cardinals bulldozed their way to 610 yards of offense. Wow, what
an embarrassment for the defense. 610 yards to Testicle Tech?! The only bright spot for
the defense was Bo Ruud's interception and return for a touchdown. Sam Keller had a career
day as he passed for a school record 438 yards on 29 of 37 attempts with three TDs, but it
almost wasn't enough. The offense did their job for the most part, but a measly 114
yards on the ground against BSU has to make these coaches scratch their collective heads.

A few more comments and observations:
* This may have been the most pathetic home crowd in Nebraska football history
* If you don't think kicking extra points matters, just ask Ball State
* #24 Nebraska will deservedly drop from the Top 25 this week
* On a positive note, Appalacian State is not on Nebraska's schedule
* Where oh where are the Blackshirts?
* Sam Keller is a big time QB
* Booing inside Memorial Stadium is disgraceful


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Clones
Wally's prediction: Nebraska 49 Iowa State 21
Actual score: Nebraska 35 Iowa State 17

September 29 in Lincoln 1 2 3 4 F
Iowa State 3 7 0 7 17
Nebraska 0 14 14 7 35

Wally's fearless prediction:
Iowa State comes to Lincoln 1-3 after coming off a one point loss at Toledo, the
program's seventh consecutive road loss. ISU is overmatched, but so was Ball State
and we all know how that turned out. The Cyclones rank last in the league offensively
but this game could become a shootout if the Blackshirts don't get their act together.

Series history: Nebraska is 83-16-2 against Iowa State
Last game: 2006, Nebraska won 28-14
Last Iowa State victory: 2004, 27-34 in Ames
Iowa State's record in 2006: 4-8


Wally's view from the cheap seats:
Man that was ugly. Turnovers have a way of doing that. Who knows how far these Huskers
can go if they would only stop beating themselves. The Blackshirt defense won this game
for Nebraska because the offense just couldn't get things going until the second half.
Iowa State lead in time of possession by almost 50% and had 28 first downs to NU's 17.
Are you kidding me, and we still won? Whew, we'll take it but there are no gimmes left
on the Huskers' schedule. Parity has found a home in the Big 12. Just ask Texas or OU.


A few more comments and observations:
* Maybe Coz earned some job security today. Naahhh.
* Corey McKeon sure seemed like he was having fun again!
* Nebraska could win or lose every single game left on their schedule.
* Three sacks today. At least now the Blackshirts know what a QB feels like.
* All these dropped passes must really be pissing off Sam Keller.
* The defense looked much better, but c'mon, it's Iowa State.

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Tigers
Wally's prediction: Nebraska 49 Missouri 45
Actual score: Nebraska 6 Missouri 41

October 6 in Columbia 1 2 3 4 F
Nebraska 3 3 0 0 6
Missouri 14 6 14 7 41

Wally's fearless prediction:
This game promises to be a shootout since neither team has shown a lick of defense so
far this season. As expected, Missouri is undefeated coming into the matchup but their
schedule to date is highly suspect. The game is in Columbia, at night, and the Tigers are
favored by seven points. But, never underestimate the Pinkel factor. He has never had a
winning record in the Big 12 and is an underwhelming 1-15 against top 25 opponents. This
is a big game but not quite the battle for the Big 12 North championship that it was made out
to be before the season. Any one of five teams could still represent the North in San Antonio.

Series history: Nebraska is 63-34-3 against Missouri
Last game: 2006, Nebraska won 34-20 in Lincoln
Last Missouri victory: 2005, 41-24 in Columbia
Missouri's record in 2006: 8-5
MU lost to Oregon State 38-39 in the Sun Bowl


Wally's view from the cheap seats:
Nebraska made the 11th ranked defense in the Big 12 look like the Steel Curtain. We knew
the defense had issues, but where was the Husker offense tonight? It was a given that
Mizzou would get 40+ points, but two field goals for Nebraska? Are you freaking kidding
me? The sad thing is that Nebraska came out just as flat in the second half as they
looked in the first. This embarrassing blowout was much worse than the score indicates.
There is just nothing positive to take away from this game. Not one single thing.

A few more comments and observations:
* A 3-man rush? Daniel was sitting back there in a lawn chair sipping Mai Tais!
* Nebraska's offensive line was horrible tonight.
* Keller was locking in on receivers and telegraphing his passes.
* No defensive adjustments again this week is just inexcusable.
* Pig Brown should have been ejected from the game for that cheap shot.
* Did you catch the MU fan's ESPN sign? Third-grade humor is hilarious.

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Cowboys
Wally's prediction: Nebraska 28 Oklahoma State 17
Actual score: Nebraska 14 Oklahoma State 45

October 13 in Lincoln 1 2 3 4 F
Oklahoma State 17 21 0 7 45
Nebraska 0 0 0 14 14

Wally's fearless prediction:
Nebraska's gameplan for OSU is to have some newspaper hack write a goofy column so
Mike Gundy can blow another gasket. Sipple, are you out there? We need ya, man.
Oklahoma State is not a very good team, despite their 'almost' win at Colley Station.
This is a game where the Huskers need to regroup themselves and win. Nevermind the parity
crappola, just win the games you are supposed to win. This is definitely one of them.

Series history: Nebraska leads 36-4-1
Last game: 2006, OSU won 24-41 in Stillwater
Last OSU victory: 2006
OSU's record in 2006: 7-6
OSU beat Alabama 34-31 in the Independence Bowl


Wally's view from the cheap seats:
I have nothing nice to say about today. Nothing! Okay, the band sounded pretty good.
This team has quit on the coaches, or vice verse. There is no other way to explain
this steaming pile of poo that the Huskers have become over last few weeks. They are
better than this! Major changes need to be made, and they will be made, because there
is way too much talent on this team to explain what is happening. The players are just
not motivated to execute, for whatever reasons. There is just no excuse for this. None.

A few more comments and observations:
* Quentin Castille was a lone bright spot. Q is going to be special
* Coz is done. The only question is when the hammer will fall
* Worst home loss since 1958: Missouri 31, Nebraska 0
* Headline at Huskers.com: 'Castille Posts First Career 100-Yard Game in Loss'.
Props to Q, but that headline is nothing more than turd polishing

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Aggies
Wally's prediction: Nebraska 28 Texas A&M 21
Actual score: Nebraska 14 Texas A&M 36

October 20 in Lincoln 1 2 3 4 F
Texas A&M 9 7 14 7 36
Nebraska 7 7 0 0 14

Wally's fearless prediction:
If you are looking for a fan base more down on their coach and football team than
Nebraska, you need look no further than to the Aggie faithful. One Aggie fan
characterized the match up between Callahan and Franchione as "two retards playing
chess". Ouch! The mentally challenged will surely object to being lumped into that
group. This game is a 'must win' for the Huskers. Finding two wins to become bowl
eligible on the remainder of Nebraska's schedule is difficult to do. Coaches Cally and
Fran are finding their respective seats a bit warmer after blowout losses this weekend
and need a win in the worst way. The Huskers will be slightly favored only because of
the home field advantage, but Memorial Stadium hasn't exactly been kind to Nebraska
this season. This is a game between two teams that have been beaten and battered both
physically and emotionally. The Huskers will win by seven in a pillow fight.

Series history: Nebraska is 10-2 against Texas A&M
Last game: 2006, Nebraska won 28-27
Last Texas A&M victory: 1998, 28-21 in College Station
Texas A&M's record in 2006: 9-4
A&M lost to Cal 45-10 in the Holiday Bowl


Wally's view from the cheap seats:
The Huskers had plenty of chances to take control of this game but just could not finish
as the Aggies ran to their first win in Lincoln since 1955. If Callahan's fate had not
already been sealed before this game, it most certainly is now. Cally and Coz relieved
themselves from playcalling duties today but the result was just more of the same. I may
have been one of Callahan's last supporters but I am going to have to take a raincheck on
helping him load the U-Haul truck next weekend. This game was still winnable at halftime,
but the Huskers made zero adjustments and came out flat once again after the half. The
idea of loading the box to stop Jorvorskie Lane may have occurred to everyone except the
Nebraska coaches as he ran 35 times for a career-high 167 yards. It is obvious that
these players have quit on the coaches and it is time to cut the losses and rebuild.



A few more comments and observations:
* The winner of the 'Caption This' contest of the above photo is:
"What is that crusty old F*** doing on my sidelines! Isn't there a flag for that?!"
* Turnovers were game killers today, as is usually the case
* Dropping a fair catch is the very definition of bad mojo
* Bowl game? You may want to book that ski trip instead
* Another career-high day for opposing teams and players against the Blackshirts

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Longhorns
Wally's prediction: Nebraska 14 Texas 42
Actual score: Nebraska 25 Texas 28

October 27 in Austin 1 2 3 4 F
Nebraska 0 10 7 8 25
Texas 3 0 6 19 28

Wally's fearless prediction:
There never is a good time to be heading to Austin for a road game, but on the
heels of three consecutive beatdowns by mediocre teams is really not a good time.
The Longhorns are looking to climb their way back up the polls and the floundering
Huskers are looking like cannon fodder. This game could very well be over by halftime.

Series history: Nebraska is 4-7 against Texas
Last game: 2006, Texas won 22-20
Last Texas victory: 2006 in Lincoln
Texas' record in 2006: 10-3
UT beat Iowa in the Alamo Bowl 26-24


Wally's view from the cheap seats:
Dr. Jekyl, meet Mr. Hyde. The Husker defense played lights out today and it worked for
three quarters against a very good Texas Longhorn offense. Two big plays by Jamaal
Charles against a tired Blackshirt defense late in the final quarter sealed the Huskers'
fate. Nobody gave Nebraska a chance to win this game, including me. People
expected them to lay down like a stripper at a Duke lacrosse party but they fought
hard and almost pulled out the win. NU showed Texas a defensive look they hadn't seen on
film but the Longhorns finally caught on in the 4th quarter and it was off to the races.

A few more comments and observations:
* People are already blaming Keller, but 2 sacks and a fumble is all on the O-line
* Nate Swift had a huge game today! Six catches for 112 yds and two Touchdowns
* Wasn't it great to see Joey Ganz lead that Husker touchdown drive?
* Bongwhorn fans were booing their team - the Huskers must have felt right at home
* I was proud of the way the Huskers played through adversity today, despite the loss
* Another career high for an opposing player - 290 rushing yards for Jamaal Charles
* When you live by the blitz you sometimes die by the blitz

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Jayhawks
Wally's prediction: Nebraska 14 Kansas 35
Actual score: Nebraska 39 Kansas 76

November 3 in Lawrence 1 2 3 4 F
Nebraska 14 10 7 8 39
Kansas 21 27 21 7 76

Wally's fearless prediction:
I am not sure what to make of this pack of overachieving Jayhawks. On paper, they do
not have near the talent of other top 10 teams, or even Nebraska for that matter. What
they do have are intangibles like heart, teamwork and determination – things that have
been sorely lacking in the Cornhuskers this season. Joe Ganz gets his first ever start
against a Kansas defense that has given up only two rushing touchdowns all season and
is the nation's #2 scoring defense and #6 rushing defense. It could be a long afternoon.

Series history: Nebraska leads 88-22-3
Last game: 2006, NU won in Lincoln 39-32 in OT
Last KU victory: 2005, KU won 40-15
KU's record in 2006: 6-6


Wally's view from the cheap seats:
The surprising thing about this game was that Nebraska actually scored 39 points.
That would usually be enough to give your team a chance to win, but not with this
defense. Mangino and the Jayhawks could have named the score but mercifully stopped
at 76. This was the most pathetic defensive performance by a Nebraska team ever, and
Bill Callahan and Kevin Cosgrove should hand over their resignations immediately.

A few more comments and observations:
* Even Doc Sadler wouldn't be happy giving up 76 points to Kansas
* Five turnovers will lose the ball game just about every time
* The 'Blackshirts' earned that 119th national defensive ranking today
* Things are so bad that I can't even laugh at Navy beating Notre Dame. Okay, I laughed.

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Kitties
Wally's prediction: Nebraska 42 Kansas State 38
Actual score: Nebraska 73 Kansas State 31

November 10 in Lincoln 1 2 3 4 F
Kansas State 10 0 7 14 31
Nebraska 14 24 14 21 73

Wally's fearless prediction:
The Kool-Aid pitcher is almost dry but I am drinking the last drops. The Huskers will
beat KSU this weekend and salvage a modest bit of dignity for the seniors that we all have
rooted for over the past 4-5 years. Will we see the Kansas State Wildcats that beat Texas
in Austin or the team that is coming off a loss to lowly Iowa State? This is the final
home game for the Nebraska seniors and most likely their coaches. What looked to be a
promising season has turned into disaster and we can only hope it ends on a positive note.

Series history: Nebraska is 73-15-3 against KSU
Last game: 2006, Nebraska won 21-3 in Manhattan
Last Kansas State victory: 2004, 45-21 in Manhattan
Kansas State's record in 2006: 7-6
KSU lost to Rutgers in the Texas Bowl


Wally's view from the cheap seats:
KSU scored first, but Grix took the ensuing kickoff to the house and the Huskers never
looked back. Josh Freeman took more hits than Willie Nelson's bong as the Nebraska
defense finally earned back their Blackshirts. The defense also left the Husker faithful wondering
where they have been since the Nevada game. Joe Ganz had a career day with seven
touchdowns for 510 yards as the Husker offense rolled in a much needed win for Nebraska.


A few more comments and observations:
* It was the Huskers having career days today for a nice change of pace
* 702 yards of offense by Nebraska hasn't been seen in over twenty years
* Joey Ganz had a record 7 passing TDs! I'll admit to man-love for Joe
* Frantz Hardy not only had his first TD reception, but three of them to tie a school record
* It was fun to see highlights on ESPN again where they weren't mocking my Huskers
* The seniors deserved this big win to close out their time at Nebraska

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Buffs
Wally's prediction: Nebraska 42 Colorado 28
Actual score: Nebraska 51 Colorado 65

November 23 in Boulder 1 2 3 4 F
Nebraska 14 21 0 16 51
Colorado 17 7 20 21 65

Wally's fearless prediction:
Nobody outside the states of Nebraska and Colorado really cares about the outcome of
this game, but it will be a good matchup between teams fighting for bowl eligibility
and cellar-dweller status in the Big 12 conference. Nebraska should outlast the Buffs
if they can come up with anything that resembles a defense. That is a big 'IF', but
the Huskers will end the Callahan era on a winning note and send their coaches packing.


Series history: Nebraska is 45-18-2 against Colorado
Last game: 2006, NU won 37-14 in Lincoln
Last Colorado victory: 2004, 26-20 in Lincoln
Colorado's record in 2006: 2-10


Wally's view from the cheap seats:
Scientists have descended on Boulder to investigate reports of global warming as they try to
explain Nebraska's spectacular third quarter meltdown. Quarterback Joe Ganz threw
interceptions on back-to-back series for two quick Colorado scores and the Huskers
imploded. Tack on a blocked punt that lead to another CU score and it was game over.
This was just more of the same today for the Nebraska defense in giving up 518 offensive
yards and 65 points to the Buffs. All you need to know about this year's version of
the 'Blackshirts' is that the Huskers scored 51 points and still lost the game. What
an incredibly brutal season this was for fans to watch. And it started with so much promise!

That third quarter pretty much summed up the entire Husker season. Some people may say
that they are glad this season is over, but not me. We waited so long for the season to
get started and now it is already over. A new chapter in Husker football history is about
to be written and let's just hope the next one is better than the last. GO BIG RED!

A few more comments and observations:
* I'd like to be a fly on the wall at Callahan's meeting with Tom Osborne on Saturday
* The events between now and signing day will shape the Husker program for the next 3-4 years
* Bill Callahan is an offensive genius but just not a great college head football coach
* A 6-6 team going to a bowl game is pretty silly, but NU would have liked to go to one anyway
* Nebraska has forced one turnover in the last seven games. Even Craig Bohl thinks that's pathetic
* There were many records set this season. Some of them good, most not so good
* At least the seating on the bandwagon is much roomier now! Ahh, finally some leg room
* Another Cornhusker football season is in the books. See you all next year!

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